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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 finished.

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 loss.

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.

Game Notes

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.

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