NHL: St. Louis 3, Columbus 1

April 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

ST. LOUIS, April 5 (UPI) -- David Backes snapped a tie with 1:15 to play in the second period Friday and St. Louis went on to down Columbus 3-1.

St. Louis captured its third straight win, having begun the night in the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

Backes scored on a backhand shot while sliding on the ice, making his fifth goal of the season a spectacular one.

St. Louis nursed a one-goal lead until Patrik Berglund scored into an empty net with a second remaining in the third period.

Columbus had captured three in a row and a win over the Blues would have moved the Blue Jackets into a playoff position.

Jake Allen made 26 saves to get the victory. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 16 shots for the Blue Jackets.

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