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Columbus Blue Jackets hold off St. Louis Blues 5-4 in NHL

The Columbus Blue Jackets held off a fast-finishing St Louis Blues outfit to win 5-4 in Thursday's NHL pre-season action.

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Columbus looked headed for an easy win when leading 5-1 in the second period but were given a stern test by the Blues.

Mark Letestu opened the scoring and power-play goals to Jared Boll, Ryan Craig and Fedor Tyutin followed for the Blue Jackets.

And while Joakim Lindstrom pulled a goal back, Dana Tyrell quickly restored Columbus' four-goal lead.

David Backes cut the margin to 5-2 late in the second period and a pair of Vladimir Tarasenko strikes saw St Louis close within one with more than seven minutes to play.

Columbus did just enough to hold on though, as Curtis McElhinney - who made 23 saves - played a key role.

The Chicago Blackhawks, who made the Western Conference Finals last season, were 3-2 losers against the Detroit Red Wings.

Chicago lost 4-3 to eventual Stanley Cup winners Los Angeles Kings last term but ran into an inspired Jimmy Howard at the Joe Louis Arena.

Howard made 26 saves for the Red Wings, who won thanks to goals from Tomas Nosek, Andrej Nestrasil and Tomas Tatar.

Goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Marek Mazanec produced a combined shutout for the Nashville Predators in their 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Philadelphia also did not concede with four different Flyers players scoring in their 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Brandon Sutter's overtime goal helped the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 success against the Minnesota Wild while the Montreal Canadiens beat the Colorado Avalanche by the same scoreline - and after overtime as well.

Elsewhere, the Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 and the Vancouver Canucks were 3-1 winners against the Calgary Flames.

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