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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at St. Louis



(Thursday, November 6th)

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Vancouver 2

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Keith Tkachuk's power-play goal midway through the second period proved to be the difference, as the St. Louis Blues ended Vancouver's nine-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory at the Savvis Center.

Pavol Demitra scored a goal and assisted on another for the Blues, who have won two straight and five of their last six (5-1-0). Steve Martins added a shorthanded goal for St. Louis and Chris Osgood finished with 27 saves.

Jason King and Todd Bertuzzi scored for Vancouver, which had won five straight games and had been 7-0-2 in its previous nine. The Canucks lost for the first time since October 16 at Detroit.

Dan Cloutier made 28 saves in defeat.

The Blues built a 2-1 lead after the opening period and cashed in a power play midway through the second for a two-goal margin.

St. Louis worked the puck around the perimeter and Doug Weight sent a pass from the center point to the right circle for Demitra, who rifled a one-timer toward the net. Tkachuk was in front and tipped the puck past Cloutier for his seventh goal of the season.

The Canucks pulled within 3-2 with 5:15 left in the second. Bertuzzi raced into the St. Louis zone along the right wing and pulled up in the circle before firing a shot past Osgood with Brad May creating havoc in the crease.

St. Louis carried the play for most of the third, outshooting Vancouver 12-4 heading to the final two minutes. The Canucks pulled Cloutier with just over a minute left and had a couple of good chances.

Trevor Linden won three straight offensive-zone draws and two resulted in good opportunities by Brent Sopel. The defenseman had a shot from the right point stopped by Osgood, who kicked aside a deflected Sopel shot moments later.

"We're two good teams," Osgood said about the matchup with Vancouver. "It always seems when we play them, it's a physical game with a lot of speed. It always seems to come down to the last minute."

The Blues had a chance to grab the lead just 3:57 into the game when Eric Nickulas was awarded a penalty shot. Nickulas, who was pulled down on a breakaway by Ed Jovanovski, fired wide on the penalty shot.

Vancouver then went in front with 6:34 remaining in the period on a power play. Markus Naslund chased the puck into the left corner and tapped it along the boards to Daniel Sedin, who quickly fed it in front. King was the recipient of the pass at the left side of the crease and he tucked a backhander past Osgood for his seventh goal of the season.

The Blues tied it just 50 seconds later on a scramble near the net. Alex Khavanov fired a shot from the top of the slot that Cloutier got a piece of. The puck then caromed off the post and a shot from below the right circle by Christian Backman was denied by the diving netminder. Cloutier thought he had control of the puck, but it was clearly loose at the right post and Demitra swept it home for his fourth goal of the season.

Martins then scored shorthanded with 2:12 left in the period, firing home a shot from above the right circle for his first goal of the season.

Game Notes

The Canucks have scored first in 13 of their 14 games this season and are 8-3-2 in those contests...King has four goals in his last three games and his seven goals this season leads all rookies...Naslund has eight points in his last four outings...Vancouver's Brendan Morrison had a nine-game point streak stopped...The Canucks won the first meeting this season, 3-2 in Vancouver on October 22...The home team is 9-1-2 in the last 12 matchups.

11/07 00:01:57 ET


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