The St. Louis Blues improved to 4-0-0 at home on Saturday night after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-1.
Although the game was scoreless for much of the first period, the Blues controlled play early and didn’t allow many scoring chances for the visiting Blue Jackets. With 33 seconds remaining in the period, the home team got on the board when Vladimir Sobotka knocked in a puck that trickled past CBJ goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.
The Jackets came out slow again in the second period. At the 6:31 mark, Scottie Upshall deflected a Joel Edmundson shot off his skate and into the back of the net. Head coach John Tortorella liked his team’s response after going down 2-0:
I thought after the second goal we started playing.
Through the remainder of the second period, the CBJ got a few great scoring chances but Blues goalie Jake Allen kept the visitors off the board. Torts said:
I thought we didn’t have a lot of puck luck. I thought we were getting closer, Allen made some key saves…some of them, I don’t even think he saw the puck.
Just 1:29 after the conclusion of the second intermission, the Blues struck again. Joel Edmundson entered the CBJ zone on a two-on-one chance, held on to the puck, and sent a wrister past Korpisalo to give the Blues a 3-0 lead.
The Jackets were finally able to get on the board at the 6:31 mark of the third period when Matt Calvert beat a diving Jake Allen to cut the deficit to two. The CBJ didn’t seem to gain any momentum after the goal as that would be the first and last time the lamp behind Jake Allen lit up.
Kyle Brodziak of the Blues added a fourth goal with 6:37 left in the game to extend the lead to 4-1. There was no additional scoring after the Brodziak goal.
After the game, CBJ captain Nick Foligno was frustrated with the way the Jackets started, saying:
We have to understand who we are and get to that a little faster…we’re a team that’s better than what we show in the starts: we seem to have to claw back into games and we need to make an emphasis on understanding how dominant we can be when we start the game the right way and can carry the momentum all game long.
Tortorella wasn’t going to over-analyze the result:
I’m not going to over think it. That team was better than we were tonight. They started better…we were chasing the game, and when you chase against a team like that, especially with a veteran club, a good team in this league, it’s tough to crawl back into it. I thought for the most part our guys tried, but it’s tough to come back when you have the start that we had.
He summed it up short and sweet:
The team that won tonight deserved the win.
The Blue Jackets (7-4-0) are right back at it on Monday at 7pm in Columbus, hosting the Boston Bruins (4-3-2). It will be the Bruins’ fourth road game of the season after going 1-2-0 in their first three.