ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boone Jenner scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and Cam Atkinson had an empty-netter late in the third to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
William Karlsson and Jack Johnson also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves to help Columbus win its sixth straight overall and eighth straight on the road. The Blue Jackets have won nine of their last 10, including three wins in shootouts and one in overtime.
Patrik Berglund tied the score at 1-1 in the opening minute of the second period and Vladimir Tarasenko evened it at 2-2 with 5:16 to go in the middle period for St. Louis, which was coming off a 3-1-2 road trip
Karlsson gave Columbus a 1-0 with his first goal with the Blue Jackets after taking a cross-ice pass from Scott Hartnell and slipping a wrister under the pads of Brian Elliott at 7:06 of the first period.
The 22-year-old Karlsson was acquired from Anaheim on March 2 and was an emergency recall from the American Hockey League on Monday.
The Blues tied the score 52 seconds into the second period when Berglund scored his ninth of the season off a pass from Jaden Schwartz on a 2-on-none breakaway after a turnover near center ice.
Johnson put Columbus ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal from just inside the blue line at with 8:21 to go in the second period.
Tarasenko then tied it a little more than 3 minutes later with a power-play goal of his own, his 36th of the season.
Jenner gave the Blue Jackets the lead for good with a tap-in off a nice pass from Ryan Johansen with 20 seconds left in the period.
Atkinson added an empty-netter, his 20th, with 1:18 left.
NOTES: St. Louis F Alexander Steen, the Blues’ second-leading scorer, collided with a Columbus player in the first period and did not return (lower-body injury). … Blues F T.J. Oshie missed the game because of an illness. … Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk returned to the lineup after missing 25 games with an abdominal injury. St. Louis D Carl Gunnarsson returned to the lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury. … Schwartz played in his 200th career game. … Columbus announced before the game that F Rene Bourque would miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his back.
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