Blue Jackets Trump Blues With Late Heroics

Zherdev nets two in final six minutes to lead way
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2008 12:22 AM CST
Columbus Blue Jackets' Jiri Novotny, right, of the Czech Republic, and St. Louis Blues' Matt Walker fight for a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Columbus,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Both the Blue Jackets and Nikolai Zherdev rebounded from old wounds, beating the Blues 6-4 last night, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Zherdev, roughed up in Tuesday's 6-1 trouncing of Columbus by the Blues, had two goals in the final six minutes of play, breaking a 3-3 tie and sandwiching teammate Dan Fritsche's goal  for a 6-3 advantage before a late St. Louis score.

"For what happened in St. Louis, to come back with an effort like this was very impressive. This is a nice step to make a move right now," said Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock, as last night's win inched his team within three points of the second place Blues. The win saw Columbus halt a three game Blues winning streak.