The Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues played on short rest last night in Nationwide Arena, 21 hours after the puck dropped in a 4-1 Blues' victory over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

The first period was a slog-filled snoozer. Tired legs churned throughout a 2-1 Blues' win.

St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak, perhaps the freshest player on the ice, was the difference. He often is.

"We hit the wall mentally, we hit the wall physically," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Our goalie stole the game. Some days you need that. That's what happened."