Blues' Sanford blanks Jackets in Fedorov's debut

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist in
the third period, and Curtis Sanford posted his second career
shutout in St. Louis' 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on
Wednesday night that ended the Blues' franchise-record, 11-game
losing skid.

The game was also Sergei Fedorov's debut in a Blue Jackets
uniform. Fedorov was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Tuesday.

Scott Young added a goal for the Blues, who hadn't won since a
3-2 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 19.

Sanford, spelling starter Patrick Lalime, stopped 36 shots in
only his 10th NHL game.

Stempniak, who scored the Blues' only goal a week earlier in
Columbus in a 3-1 loss, broke up the scoreless game with 7:47
remaining. Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard's blind pass from
the blue line went to Stempniak, who was all alone coming in from
the left wing on goaltender Marc Denis with Jan Hrdina trying to
cut him off. Stempniak coasted in front across the crease, faked
and then flipped the puck past Denis.

The unassisted goal was Stempniak's third of the year.

Young added an insurance goal with just 3:17 left, stretching
out his arm with his stick to redirect Stempniak's centering pass.

Columbus, which has lost seven of eight, outshot the Blues 36-16
and had numerous prime scoring opportunities. The Blue Jackets were
0-for-5 on the power play, running their man-advantage drought to
21 straight.

Fedorov looked fluid while shaking off jet lag -- he arrived in
Columbus on Wednesday afternoon after a 15½-hour trip -- to get off
three shots in the opening period.

Midway through the period, he pried the puck off the back boards
and nearly wedged it past Sanford at the near post.

Later in the period, he took a pass from Adam Foote on a rush
and caught the far post with the shot.

Fedorov had 15:34 of ice time, the second-highest total for any
Blue Jackets forward.

Both teams had goals waved off.

St. Louis' Dennis Wideman's slap shot from the point eluded
Denis, but former Blue Jackets center Mike Sillinger was ruled to
have made contact with Denis during the shot.

The Blue Jackets' Duvie Westcott and Mark Hartigan forced the
puck past Sanford during a third-period scrum but the whistle had
already blown because the net was off its moorings.

Game notes
St. Louis D Eric Brewer hurt his right shoulder in the
first period and didn't return. ... The Blues had also lost their
last seven on the road. ... The game matched the teams with the two
worst records in the NHL.