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Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - David Backes led a balanced offensive attack with a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues handled the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1, on Thursday.

Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who have won four in a row to improve to 6-1-0. It's their best start to a season since going 7-1-0 to begin the 1997-98 campaign.

Brian Elliott made 24 saves in the victory.

Derick Brassard scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who started a six- game homestand on Thursday.

Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up three goals on just 11 shots in the first period. Steve Mason stopped all 13 shots that he faced in relief.

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