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Mark Letestu helps Blue Jackets beat Blues 5-4 to improve to 4-0-0

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ST. LOUIS — Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Thursday night to improve to 4-0-0 in exhibition play.

PHOTO: Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Craig, right, scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, left, during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Craig, right, scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, left, during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Letestu opened the scoring and Jared Boll, Ryan Craig, Fedor Tyutin added power-play goals in the first period. Dana Tyrell also scored for the Blue Jackets.

Curtis McElhinney stopped 23 of 25 shots in the first two periods, and Anton Forsberg made seven saves on nine shots in the third.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for St. Louis (0-2-1), and David Backes and Joakim Lindstrom added goals. Paul Stastny, making his Blues debut after signing a free-agent deal, assisted on Lindstrom's goal. Brian Elliott made 17 saves.

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