The St. Louis Blues scored three unanswered goals in the second period and rallied for a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
After falling behind 2-0 midway through the second period after goals by Columbus' Yegor Chinakov, the Blues scored a flurry of goals to regain momentum. Pavel Buchnevich took advantage of a fortuitous rebound by Noel Acciari on the power play to make it 2-1. Twenty-eight seconds later, Robert Bortuzzo fired a goal from near the blue line to tie the game. Hugh McGing scored his first preseason goal with 1:20 left in the period to make it 3-2 Blues.
The Blue Jackets briefly believed they had tied the game on a goal from Justin Danforth off a Blues giveaway; however, the play was deemed offside after video review.
Niko Mikkola added an insurance goal with 6:50 remaining in the third period to make it 4-2. The Blues improved to 4-0 on the preseason.
St. Louis had two noteworthy fights: Nathan Walker threw haymakers with Columbus' Gavin Bayreuther after McGing's goal, and Brayden Schenn instigated a fight with Billy Sweezey after a hit on a seemingly defenseless Jordan Kyrou.
The Blues return to action Saturday, Oct. 1 when they play the Dallas Stars at Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence, Mo.