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Berglund scores 2 in Blues' 6-2 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 11:41 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues coach Ken Hitchcock switched Patrick Berglund's position with hopes of getting the forward going. After the way the move paid off, Hitchcock might want to make the change permanent.

Berglund scored twice after moving from center to left wing at the start of the second period, and Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Pietrangelo each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

The two goals pushed Berglund's total to six, after a slow first half.

"I don't think I can think about it too much," Berglund said. "Obviously, it's been slow, but if I start thinking about it, changing the way I played, that would change the way I prepared, too. I've just been working even harder in practice, shooting more pucks and trying to get it going that way."

Hitchock switched Berglund from center to left wing for just the second time since taking over the Blues early in the 2011-12 season.

Columbus, which led 2-0 lead after the first period, has lost three of four after winning three in a row.

Three of the Blues' past five wins were at home, where they have won four straight. Despite injuries to key players such as David Backes and Alexander Steen, Hitchcock said his team is playing its best this season.

"I think we've played some really good hockey in the last four games at home. I think that's what we're happiest about," he said. "We've got a way of playing now. I think what we've done here at home is we've developed a balance between offense and defense."

St. Louis, off to its best start midway through a season with 63 points, has scored at least five goals in five of its past eight games.

Maxim Lapierre gave St. Louis its first lead at 3-2 with his fifth goal just 94 seconds after Sobotka's sixth goal tied it at 17:29 of the second period.

St. Louis got on the board about seven minutes into the second period when Barret Jackman's shot from the right side glanced off Berglund. The puck hit the far post and trickled past Curtis McEhlinney. His second goal came 17 seconds into the third when he deflected a pass into the goal.

"Today, I had pretty much two lucky bounces but good things happen when you go to the net," he said.

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