The St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets each have managed to string together victories at the appropriate time.
With both in the mix for a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference and looking to continue their recent success, the Blues try for a third straight win over the visiting Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Fourth-line winger Adam Cracknell scored his first two goals of the season, Brian Elliott made 33 saves and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the sixth round of the shootout as St. Louis (19-14-2) overcame a late tying goal by Chicago to post its second straight victory following three losses, 4-3 on Thursday.
"We don't like to give up leads in the third period,'' forward David Backes said. "It was one of the more entertaining shootouts I think you'll ever see.
"We'll take the other point any way we can.''
The win propelled the Blues into the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, one point ahead of Edmonton and Columbus (16-14-7).
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