St. Louis Bests Columbus 5-1

Blues prove mighty on the power play
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 12:23 AM CST
St. Louis Bests Columbus 5-1
Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash scores behind the back of St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – St. Louis ranks last in the NHL on the power play; Columbus ranks third in penalty-kills. So it was an unlikely surprise when the Blues scored three power play goals against the Blue Jackets in a 5-1 win today. Brad Boyes, the Blues first 30-goal scorer in four years, tacked on his 31st, while Eric Brewer had a career-best four assists.      

Rick Nash scored the only goal for the Blue Jackets. It was his second short-handed goal of the month and his sixth in six games against the Blues this season. St. Louis has won three of their last four and is now tied with Columbus for 11th place in the Western Conference, currently three points from the eighth and final playoff spot.  (Read more Rick Nash stories.)

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