ST. LOUIS (AP)
''He looked like he had his skating legs today,'' Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Tarasenko. ''He was a determined player. He stayed with it. We stayed with it. When your best player stays with it, it forces everybody else to do that.''
Bouwmeester ripped a shot past McElhinney from the left dot at 2:16 of the third with his first goal since Feb. 22, 2016, against San Jose.
''It was a good play by (
Tarasenko's wrister with 43 seconds on the clock in overtime broke his seven-game goal-scoring drought.
''You can't give a guy like that that kind of time to come in,'' Hutton said. ''I've been victimized by him before so it was nice to see it went in and it was a nice win for us.''
Even though they outshot the Blue Jackets 8-3, the Blues were held scoreless in the first period for the sixth consecutive game. The three shots by Columbus were the fewest by an NHL team this season for the first period.
McElhinney came up big for the Blue Jackets with a pair of saves on Tarasenko from the slot early in the second period. McElhinney also got help from his post as Upshall hit iron with a wide-open net on a rebound attempt.
Making his first start this season, McElhinney turned away the first 24 shots, before Bouwmeester snapped Columbus' team shutout streak at 121 minutes, 49 seconds.
Anderson put Columbus up 1-0 with an unassisted goal with 7:05 left in the second period. A turnover by Blues defenseman
Shattenkirk credited the forecheck of
''I did a good job of getting body positioning on him and I was trying to separate from him and as I went to go get the puck to push it forward he gave me just a nice little touch right on my stick which whacked it right to the net front,'' Shattenkirk said. ''I just got to protect it a little bit better and be able to skate that out.''
NOTES: Bouwmeester was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000 career NHL game on Tuesday at New York. ... Blues F
Blue Jackets: Host Anaheim on Wednesday night.
Blues: Host Colorado on Sunday.