NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Vancouver
(Sunday, March 5th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Lee Stempniak scored once and added an assist, while Jay McClement had three assists in St. Louis' 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Barret Jackman, Christian Backman and Scott Young also scored for the Blues, who swept all four games from the Canucks, outscoring Vancouver 16-4. It marked St. Louis' first season sweep of the Canucks since the 1998-99 season.
Curtis Sanford stopped 23 shots for St. Louis, winners in three of their last four contests.
The Blues, who are in last place in the Central Division with 45 points, swept a team that's in second place in the Northwest Division with 75 points.
"You don't come out at the beginning of the season thinking you're going to sweep anybody," Sanford said. "It's a pretty difficult task to sweep a team in the season series, but it's great if you can do that. We've worked extremely hard and we've had two really good road trips back-to-back."
Anson Carter had the lone goal for Vancouver, which has dropped two of three games. Alex Auld allowed four goals on 35 shots for the Canucks.
"It's frustrating losing points to these guys, especially with the tough divisional race that we're in right now," Carter said. "Now the game's over and there's nothing we can do about it. As difficult as it is to try to get over a loss like this, we've got to sit on it for a few days and get ready for Nashville."
Vancouver won't play the Predators until Thursday.
St. Louis struck just 2:18 into the game, as McClement passed from the left circle to Young at the right of the net, as the puck squeezed past Auld.
McClement has come on strong as of late, recording two goals and seven assists in his last four games.
"I had some opportunities earlier, but I wasn't taking advantage and I wasn't playing well," McClement said. "Right now things are just going well and the power play is working pretty good."
Jackman scored with 2:02 left in the first on a shot from the slot and it became 3-0 on Backman's fourth of the season at 8:49 of the second on a shot from above the right circle.
Carter scored at 16:41 of the second on a shot to the left side of the net, but Sanford came up with a couple of sprawling saves in the waning seconds of the period.
Stempniak then iced St. Louis' victory with a power-play tally midway through the third.
The Blues were 1-for-6 on the power play, while Vancouver was 0-for-4.
03/06 01:45:46 ET