ST. LOUIS - Center Patrik Berglund scored two goals as the St. Louis Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
The Blues, who have won only five times this season when they gave up the first goal in a game, started the comeback 7:03 into the second period when Berglund deflected a shot by defenseman Barret Jackman past goalie Curtis McElhinney.
Vladimir Sobotka, shifted to left wing with the return of center David Backes to the St. Louis lineup, tied the game at 15:55 when he knocked in a rebound.
The tie lasted for just 1:34 before center Maxim Lapierre picked up the puck outside the blue line, skated in and fired a shot past McElhinney at 17:29, one of 17 shots on goal by the Blues in the second period.
Berglund scored his second goal of the game just 14 seconds into the third period when he redirected a shot by right wing Vladimir Tarasenko into the net. It was Berglund's first two-goal effort of the season, having scored only four goals in 37 games before Saturday night.
Left wing Jaden Schwartz scored the Blues' fifth consecutive goal at 8:47 of the third period, while defenseman Alex Pietrangelo increased the lead to 6-2 at 14:13. It was Pietrangelo's first goal since Nov. 2, a span of 28 games.
St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott won his 13th consecutive home game, extending his own franchise record, despite giving up the two first-period goals. Columbus center Artem Anismov scored just 3:58 into the game, and center Mark Letestu scored at 11:22 when his shot deflected off two St. Louis defenders, popped into the air and over Elliott's shoulder.
Elliott, who has started the last four St. Louis games because of an illness to Jaroslav Halak, was perfect the rest of the night as he improved his season record to 12-1-2.
As a team, the Blues reached the midway point of their season with a record of 29-7-5. They are 24-1-3 when they score the first goal of the game, and 5-6-2 when they give up the first goal.
NOTES: G Sergei Bobrovsky, who has not played since Dec. 3 because of a groin injury, is expected to start when the Blue Jackets play the Rangers in New York on Monday night. Bobrovsky served as the backup goalie Saturday night for the second consecutive game. ... The Blues recalled G Jake Allen from Chicago of the AHL for the second time in three days to serve as their backup goalie. G Jaroslav Halak has an undisclosed illness and the team had expected that he would be healthy enough to serve as G Brian Elliott's backup. ... Columbus C Derek MacKenzie served the first game of a three-game suspension for a hit on Phoenix D Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Thursday night. ... St. Louis D Jordan Leopold played in his first game since Nov. 7. He had been sidelined because of ligament damage in his right hand. LW Chris Porter was assigned to Chicago. ... The Blues open a three-game trip to Western Canada on Tuesday night in Edmonton.