Thomas scores twice, but Blues fall 5-2 to Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Yegor Chinakhov scored twice in the third period, and Jet Greaves stopped 41 shots for his first NHL victory, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 Friday night to snap a three-game skid.

Kirill Marchenko had a goal and an assist, and Adam Fantilli scored for his 16th point, putting him second behind Connor Bedard’s 21 for the league lead among rookies this season. Alexandre Texier had an empty-netter, Dmitri Voronkov added two assists and Chinakhov also had one.

Robert Thomas scored twice and Joel Hofer stopped 17 for the Blues, who have lost three of their last four games.

Columbus’ first goal was a team effort, as three players traded the puck in front of the net before Marchenko buried his ninth of year at 1:42 of the opening period. The goal was his 30th in 86 games, a franchise record for the fewest games to reach the milestone.

Thomas pulled the Blues even with 5:25 remaining in the period, grabbing an outlet pass along the boards and beating Graves on a breakaway to extend his point streak to three games.

Fantilli put Columbus back in front with a laser from the left circle with 3:01 left in the first that gave him a three-game point streak.

Chinakhov gave Columbus breathing room with his goal at 6:26 of the third, and padded the lead with an unassisted power-play goal with 7:39 to go.

Thomas’ second goal came with 2:19 left and an extra skater on before Texier added an empty-netter with 3.8 seconds left.


Blues: At Chicago on Saturday night.

Blue Jackets: Host Florida on Sunday.

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