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COLUMBUS Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly believes good things are ahead for the rested and focused St. Louis Blues.Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists, and the Blues beat the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Saturday night.O’Reilly added a goal and an assist, Oskar Sundqvist also scored and Brayden Schenn had three assists for St. Louis, playing its first game in 10 days due to the All-Star game and the team’s bye week.“Coming off the break we had the mentality to be heavy and play a simple game,” O’Reilly said. “It wasn’t a perfect game by any means. We still had some breakdowns but guys showed up and we were ready to work.”The Blues jumped ahead 2-0 early as rookie Jordan Binnington took a shutout into the third period, finishing with 18 saves to improve to 6-1-1.Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored and Artemi Panarin had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped a season worst five in a row and cling to the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Joonas Korpisalo had 29 saves.“It can’t go like it did tonight,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “It’s not one particular person, it’s a team thing.”The Blues, eyeing the last Western Conference playoff spot http://www.senatorsshoponline.com/authen...ith-jersey , didn’t show any rust making crisp passes and winning most of the board battles.“You can feel it,” O’Reilly said. “We’re making our push. I believe we’re going to get in (to the playoffs). We’re just going to take it one game at a time.”They even got a bit fortunate on the first goal as Alex Pietrangelo’s long shot trickled between Korpisalo’s legs to O’Reilly for an easy tap in at 8:28 of the first. It was his team-leading 19th of the season, extending his point streak to seven games.Later in the period, the Blues pinned Columbus deep with Schenn slotting a pass to Gunnarsson, who redirected the puck for his third with 45 seconds remaining.“I felt the legs were there and we were pretty dialed in,” St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said.Columbus cut the lead in half early in the third on a one-timer by Bjorkstrand for his ninth from Panarin in the corner. But just 31 seconds later Tarasenko made it 3-1 at 6:49 on his 18th, jamming in another puck in the crease that squeaked through Korpisalo.“Great response,” Berube said of the Tarasenko, O’Reilly and Schenn trio. “That line was really good tonight. Just getting after it right away and attacking.”Korpisalo desperately wanted a different outcome on the play.“I kind of had it but it goes through and they score,” he said. “Huge points here and it cost us the game.”Dubois got Columbus to 3-2 on a wrist shot from the left circle for his 19th with 2:37 left with Korpisalo pulled for an extra attacker. Sundqvist ended the Blue Jackets’ comeback bid Max Jones Jersey Womens , scoring into the empty net with 30 seconds remaining.NOTES: The Blues are 9-4-1 on the road since Nov. 30. … O’Reilly has three goals and seven assists in his last seven games. … Schenn and O’Reilly picked up their 200th and 300th career assists, respectively. … Tarasenko has 10 goals and nine assists in 16 games against Columbus. … The 20 shots for Columbus matched their second lowest output of the season.UP NEXTBlues: At Florida on Tuesday night.Blue Jackets: At Colorado on Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust has no explanation for his career-best scoring run. He just wants to keep playing the same way.Rust scored two more goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.“Sometimes that’s how hockey goes,” Rust said. “It just wants to make me shoot the puck more, I guess.”Rust has at least one goal in five of his last six games, including the game-winner in Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on the road.He has eight goals and nine points in his last six games after collecting one goal and seven points in his first 29 games.“It’s going in for him and we’re thrilled for him,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think he’s confident now and I think he has a little bit of pressure off of him. It’s not like he wasn’t getting scoring chances in the first part of the season. He was. The puck just didn’t seem to go in the net for him and now it is.”Rust put Pittsburgh ahead to stay when he scored his ninth of the season 8:12 into the third period.Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel picked off a Greg Pateryn pass behind the net, and centered to the slot where Rust slipped a shot between Devan Dubnyk’s pads.Pittsburgh has won four of five games and seven of 10 overall. The Penguins have earned points in eight of their last 10 games and 13 of the last 17 following a difficult November run in which they won just one of 10 games.“It’s nice to string a few wins in a row against some pretty good teams,” Sullivan said. “Every point we get in the standings is important and we’re slowly but surely climbing. We’re becoming harder to play against.”Casey DeSmith stopped 40 shots for his eighth win in 12 home starts. DeSmith has started nine of the last 11 games for Pittsburgh.Jordan Greenway scored his sixth for the Wild, who have dropped three straight and five of seven. Dubnyk made 35 saves.“It’s disappointing,” Dubnyk said. “We were in a really good spot going into the third period Brian Elliott Jersey , and playing good hockey. So you want to find a way to win those games.”Greenway opened the scoring 7:13 into the first when he converted a wrist shot from inside the left circle. But Rust answered for Pittsburgh, extending his goal streak to a career-best four games.Dubnyk left his crease, but misplayed a puck behind the net to Guentzel, who quickly centered to Rust for the goal into an empty net.“The first one, it doesn’t get much easier than that, and the second one, I came screaming down the middle and (Guentzel) found me,” Rust said.NOTES: Dominik Simon returned to the Penguins’ lineup after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. Garrett Wilson was sent to the team’s minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. … Wild D Matt Dumba missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. … Penguins D Jamie Oleksiak was sidelined by a concussion. … Pateryn played in his 200th career game.UP NEXTWild: Host Dallas on Saturday.Penguins: Visit Carolina on Saturday.