Dec 14, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) jumps out of the way of a shot as Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Mike McKenna (30) makes a save during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs St. Louis Blues - Three Stars

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Dec 14, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen (19) celebrates a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Last night’s game was a lively, physical one with plenty of goals.  The Columbus Blue Jackets scored all of their goals in the first period, while the St Louis Blues scored theirs one by one each period.

Third Star: Mike McKenna: On his first NHL start in two years, he had a pretty good game.  Of course, he let 4 goals get past him, but he also made some impressive glove saves that should have been goals.  He stated in an interview that he had trouble reading David Backes, which is understandable.  He covered up the puck a lot more than a seasoned veteran would, but I’m glad he was playing it safe.  See my post on why I love Mike McKenna here.

Second Star: Matt Calvert

He only had 14 minutes on the ice and was a -1 for the night, but he brings a ton of energy with him.  In the first period he pushed Barrett Jackman and started a scrum that involved those two, plus Nick Foligno and Ian Cole.  This led to a 5 on 3 situation in favor of the Blue Jackets.  7 seconds into the 5 on 3 Ryan Johansen scored.  All of this comes back to Calvert and his willingness to be physical when necessary.

First Star: Ryan Johansen

He had 1 power play goal, 5 shots, 2 hits, and was 64% in the face-off circle last night.  I call that a great game!  He carried on his now 8 game point streak and capitalized on a great power play opportunity.  His face-off percentage is especially impressive this game because the Blues are known to be great in that area.

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