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Blue Jackets Score 3 Goals in 3rd to Top Blues 5-2

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak sits on the ice after a go-ahead goal gets past by Columbus Blue Jackets Rick Nash in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 22, 2011. Columbus won the game 5-2. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak sits on the ice after a go-ahead goal gets past by Columbus Blue Jackets Rick Nash in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 22, 2011. Columbus won the game 5-2. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew Murray, Rick Nash and Fedor Tyutin each scored in the third period, and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored five unanswered goals to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Saturday night.

Columbus, which came back from a 2-0, first-period deficit, has earned at least a point in five straight games.

St. Louis has lost three of four.

Murray broke a 2-2 tie by deflecting in a shot from the blue line by Jan Hedja at 3:40 of the third period. It was his third goal of the season and first since Dec. 27. Nash added a power-play score at 16:32 to give him a team-leading 22 goals this season. Tyutin scored an empty netter at 18:30.

The Blue Jackets won for only the second time in 12 visits to St. Louis. Their last regulation win in St. Louis was a 4-1 victory on March 27, 2007.

Columbus, which beat Florida 3-2 on Wednesday, won back-to-back road games for the first time since Nov. 19-20.

Eric Brewer and Patrik Berglund scored in a span of 1:23 in the first period to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead. Alex Steen assisted on both goals, giving him a career-best seven-game point streak. Berglund’s goal was his 11th of the season and third in as many games.

Antoine Vermette and Jared Boll answered for Columbus. Boll scored his fifth goal of the season on a breakaway in the second period.

Columbus outshot St. Louis 14-5 in the second period. The Blues’ first shot came 12:12 into the period.

Steve Mason stopped 19 shots to improve to 15-11-2. He gave up two goals on the first six shots before rebounding to close the game with 15 straight saves.

Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla was helped off the ice in the third period with a knee injury. He did not return.

Notes: The game featured two fights in the first 2:28. St. Louis F Brad Winchester and Columbus F Derek Dorsett squared off 10 seconds into the game. Just over two minutes later, B.J. Crombeen tangled with Boll. … The Blues are tied with Anaheim for first in the NHL with 48 fighting majors. … St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was in attendance. … Blues D Barret Jackman missed the game with a lower-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Jackman missed nine games earlier in the season with a knee injury. … The Blue Jackets’ previous five games were decided by one goal. … Mason is 6-2-1 in his last nine games.

Copyright Associated Press

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