NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Vancouver|
(Wednesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, St. Louis 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Christian Erhoff scored the game-winner in
the third period, as Vancouver took a 3-2 win over St. Louis in its last game
at General Motors Place for close to two months.
This will be the last time Vancouver plays in front of its home crowd until
March 13, as the team now embarks on a NHL-record 14-game road swing.
The long road swing is due to the upcoming Winter Olympics being hosted by
Vancouver, which will require renovations to the ice surface at GM Place and
will take time to revert to its normal conditions after the Olympics are
Mason Raymond scored twice and had an assist, while Ryan Kesler had three
assists for the Canucks, who have won six straight and now sit two points
ahead of Colorado for first place in the Northwest Division. Roberto Luongo
stopped 25 shots in the win.
"I think we created a little bit with our speed to open up the ice," Raymond
said. "We were lucky enough to pop three home."
Keith Tkachuk and T.J. Oshie each lit the lamp for the Blues, who have dropped
three of four. Ty Conklin was charged with three goals on 34 shots in the
With the score tied in the third, Vancouver took a 2-1 lead 3:37 in as Raymond
took a feed in the neutral zone, skated down the left wing, faked the slap
shot and then snapped a wrister in from the left circle.
St. Louis tied the game halfway through the third when Oshie's one-timer found
the back of the net.
Vancouver, though, took the lead back on the power play. Ehrhoff threw the
puck on net from a sharp angle at the right side, and Kyle Wellwood's screen
helped the puck get past Conklin with 7:48 to play.
St. Louis got Conklin out of the net late for the extra attacker but was
unable to tie the game, as the Canucks closed out their four-game homestand
with a perfect record.
"Turnovers obviously cost us," Blues head coach Davis Payne said. "We were in
position. They found a way to get the extra one [goal] on the power play.
The Blues took a 1-0 lead just 4:24 in on the power play. David Perron had the
puck at the left circle and sent a quick pass down to Andy McDonald, who made
a backhand pass across the goalmouth to Tkachuk for the slam dunk.
Vancouver, though, got the goal back a little over two minutes later on
Raymond's 19th goal of the season.
Neither side got on the board in the second period, as Conklin made eight
saves and Luongo stopped nine.
St. Louis plays at Edmonton on Thursday...Each team won twice in the season-
series...Each team scored once on the power play, with St. Louis having two
chances and Vancouver five.
01/28 02:12:55 ET