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St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) is congratulated by teammates after defeating the...

St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) is congratulated by teammates after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 at the Scottrade Centre on Dec. 18, 2011. (Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE)

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Final Score: St. Louis 6, Columbus 4

St. Louis, MO - Alex Pietrangelo was credited with the game- winner, as the Blues pulled out a 6-4 win over the lowly Blue Jackets at Scottrade Center. Pietrangelo, Alexander Steen and Jason Arnott all scored in the third period for St. Louis, which has earned points in six straight games and improved to 13-2-4 under Ken Hitchcock. T.J. Oshie added a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which scored a season-high in goals to back Jaroslav Halak's 28-save effort. Derick Brassard scored with 4:09 remaining to cut Columbus's deficit to 5-4, but Patrik Berglund netted an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the outcome. Steve Mason gave up five goals on 33 shots to take the loss, the Blue Jackets' fifth in six games.

Final Score: Florida 3, Carolina 2 (OT)

Sunrise, FL - Kris Versteeg hit the post late in regulation. He didn't miss in overtime. Versteeg supplied the game-winning goal with 1:52 to go in the extra session, as the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers earned a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at BankAtlantic Center. The Panthers tied the game on Jason Garrison's power-play goal at the 5:47 mark of the third period. Sean Bergenheim also lit the lamp for Florida, which has an eight-game point streak at home (6-0-2). The Panthers are 6-1-5 during a stretch of 12 consecutive home games decided by one goal. Jose Theodore made 24 saves in the win. Ward stopped 22 shots for the Hurricanes, who were trying to win two games in a row for the first time since November 20-21.

 

 


 


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