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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Dan Fritsche's goal and two assists, part of a four-goal second-period, lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center.

Defenseman Rostislav Klesla recorded his first two goals of the season, Sergei Fedorov added two helpers, and David Vyborny notched his team-leading 10th assist. Pascal Leclaire hung in to stop 24 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have won two of three.

Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk each scored and Manny Legace handled 17-of-21 shots in 40 minutes of play in a losing cause. Curtis Sanford replaced him in the third, and stopped all eight shots he faced for the Blues, who finished up a three-game homestand with two consecutive losses.

Down two in the third period, the Blues' last best chance happened with a little more than eight minutes gone. Dean McAmmond's wrist shot to the far side post appeared to bring St. Louis within a goal. The tally was waived off, though, as Joel Perreault was whistled for incidental contact with Leclaire on the shot.

The emotion of that lost opportunity sparked some rancor on both sides, as Columbus' Jody Shelley and St. Louis' Matt Walker engaged in fisticuffs which lasted nearly three minutes immediately following the disallowed score. Deflated from the lost chance, the Blues did not put up much of a fight for the remainder of the contest.

Both teams came out firing from the start, but Leclaire and Legace made key stops to keep the opening period scoreless in spite of 16 combined shots and a half-dozen more opportunities. However, both the intensity and the scoring picked up in the middle 20 minutes.

St. Louis took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 1:18, as Guerin one-timed a Radek Dvorak pass from the slot past a frozen Leclaire. Columbus responded at 4:04 when Rick Nash finished off a broken play by scoring from the left of the crease off a blind backhanded pass from Vyborny. The Blues forged ahead, 2-1, at the 8:12 mark when Tkachuk tapped in a Barret Jackman feed, while taking a Klesla high-stick to the face.

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