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Halak and power play lift Blues over Blue Jackets

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St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, left, of Slovakia, deflects a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, left, of Slovakia, deflects a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the St. Louis Blues broke out of a deep power-play slump with a season-high three man-advantage goals in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.  

The Blues, who entered the game in an 0-for-22 drought, dating to Nov. 20, got advantage goals from Alex Steen, Jay McClement and Vladimir Sobotka.  

David Backes had a goal and two assists, and Erik Johnson had two assists as the Blues won their second straight after a five-game skid.  

Columbus, which snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday, was 0 for 6 on the power play. Jan Hejda had the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who got 20 saves from Mathieu Garon. He fell to 10-4-1 against the Blues, stopped 20 shots in the loss.  

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