There was no sign of celebration in the locker room. Coach Ken Hitchcock stalked off after a couple of minutes at the podium.
The St. Louis Blues needed help to clinch their first Central Division title since 1999-2000, stumbling at home against the NHL's last-place team. The Columbus Blue Jackets caught a team perhaps expecting to win, and then struggling to maintain its composure.
"Obviously, if we want to be a good team we can't play like that," Blues forward Andy McDonald said after the Blue Jackets' 5-2 victory Saturday night. "We just got really worked up about the officiating, about how things were going, and we weren't able to reign it in.