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Blues 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Right winger David Backes scored 22 seconds into overtime, leading the St. Louis Blues to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue jackets on Saturday night before 13,801 in Nationwide Arena.

Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals for the Blues, and right winger Cam Stewart also scored. The Blues trailed 3-1 after the first period, but Stewart's goal with 6:27 remaining in the third period forced overtime.

Backes outbattled Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin for the puck in the neutral zone, then beat Jackets goaltender Mike McKenna over his outstretched left pad to end it.

Tyutin, center Artem Anisimov and center Ryan Johansen scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight and five of their last six games.

McKenna, a 30-year-old journeyman starting an NHL game for the first time in more than three seasons, had 27 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak overcame a shaky start to make 30 saves.

The Blue Jackets and Blues -- former Central Division rivals -- didn't take long to rediscover the violence and skulduggery that used to highlight all of their games.

Blue Jackets left winger Matt Calvert and Blues defenseman Ian Cole had in a spirited fight at 13:20 of the first period, and Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout and Blues forward Cam Stewart engaged in a lengthy bout between heavyweights at center ice.

Amid the mayhem, there was plenty of offense.

The Blues took a 1-0 lead at 4:10 of the first period when Tarasenko fired home a rebound off a shot by defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

But the Blue Jackets roared back, scoring on their fifth, sixth and seventh shots of the game.

At 8:49, Anisimov took a center feed from left winger Blake Comeau and roofed the puck over Halak's right pad to make it 1-1.

Tyutin gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead at 11:39 when he pounced on a turnover at the blue line -- the Jackets' forecheck was disrupting the Blues -- and wired it through traffic and past Halak.

Less than two minutes later, and only seven seconds into a five-on-three advantage for Columbus, Johansen dropped to his knee low in the left circle to one-time a cross-zone feed from center Brandon Dubinsky. It was 3-1.

In a second period pockmarked by penalties -- the Blues had four minor penalties, the Blue Jackets three -- the Blues pulled to 3-2 on a power play goal at 8:33 when Tarasenko scored from just inside the blue line.

The score evened with 6:27 remaining in the third, just seconds after Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu came up on a breakaway that would have pushed the lead to 4-2. Blues defenseman Ian Cole shot from the left point and Stewart was parked on the doorstep for the easy putback to tie it.

NOTES: Blue Jackets G Mike McKenna, a St. Louis native, last played in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils in the 2010-11 season. The 30-year-old has 334 professional games under his belt but only 18 at the NHL level. ... The Blues made a healthy scratch of LW Magnus Paajarvi, whom they acquired from Edmonton for David Perron last summer. ... The Blue Jackets sent RW Jack Skille back to Springfield in the AHL. ... Blue Jackets RW Marian Gaborik (knee sprain) has resumed skating with the club and could return on Monday for a game against the Winnipeg Jets. He has been out since Nov. 17.
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