(HockeyStL) -- Things have changed since the last meeting between the Blues and Blue Jackets.
After the 4-1 victory in Columbus on January 31, the Blues sat one point behind the division-leading Blackhawks with only one loss in the team’s first seven games. Then a bad run in February left the Blues nine points out of the division lead.
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Thankfully for the Blues, the result was the same for a Blues team hungry to get back to winning at home. The Blues entered the game 33-10-6 at home since last season, but had not recorded a win its last five home games until beating the Blue Jackets 2-1 Saturday night.
“It’s a great feeling and it’s been a while,” Kevin Shattenkirk said. “I know we were so used to it last year. I think now that we got it back and we feel how good it is, it’s going to be nice going forward.”
Chris Stewart put the Blues ahead in the first period with a sharp slap shot over the right shoulder of Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Shattenkirk dumped the puck off to Stewart just inside the blue line before crashing towards the net.
“I didn’t have (a view of the goal). I think I felt it go by my face as it went in,” Shattenkirk said.
The lead was erased late in the second period when Matt Calvert took advantage of a Blues turnover during a power play and slid the puck past Jarsolav Halak. It was the second shorthanded goal allowed by the Blues this season.
The Blues didn’t register a shot until nine minutes and 51 seconds in the third period. That shot came from David Perron and ended up in the back of the Blue Jackets net for a 2-1 lead. The play was set up by David Backes who fed Perron in the slot for the open chance.
The Blue Jackets spoiled a great chance in the final 1:43 of the game after Barret Jackman was called for a questionable boarding penalty while chasing down an icing puck.
“The guy had a lot of speed to get around me and I was just trying to separate him from the puck,” Jackman said. “He was going down and I didn’t finish the check fully. The ref sees one thing and I think I did another.”
Ken Hitchcock was also critical of the penalty call.
“I didn’t like it, but I didn’t think it was a call,” Hitchcock added.
The Blue Jackets pulled Bobrovsky, who stopped 21 of 23 shots in the loss, for a two-man advantage but weren’t able to capitalize on their fourth power play of the game.
The Blues have posted a 4-5-2 record since the first meeting with the Blue Jackets. Columbus has posted a 3-6-1 during that span.
The Blues have now won nine of its last eleven games against the Blue Jackets.