NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Vancouver
(Sunday, February 17th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Vancouver 3 (SO)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald scored during
the shootout phase, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3,
at Rogers Arena.
Jake Allen, in his third NHL start, made 28 stops to help the Blues sweep a
three-game road trip. McDonald and Oshie also scored during regulation and
Patrik Berglund also lit the lamp for St. Louis, which also topped Calgary and
Detroit during the trek.
Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond and Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks, who have
lost two straight following a six-game winning streak. Roberto Luongo made 20
Allen prevented the Canucks from winning when he made a glove save to stop a
backhand breakaway attempt from Alex Burrows with 30 seconds left in overtime.
"He got a lot of speed built up. I tried to wait and see which way he was
going to go. I tried to be as patient as I could and got my glove on it,"
In the shootout, Allen made pad stops on Kesler and Burrows. Oshie scored
first on a shot between the pads, and McDonald sealed the victory when his
rising shot went to the top left corner of the net.
The Canucks used some precision passing to break on top 4:37 into the game on
the power play as the Blues were penalized for too many men on the ice. Henrik
Sedin sent the puck from the right circle to the low slot for his twin
brother, Daniel. The disc shifted quickly to Kesler in the low left circle and
he snapped a shot high into the net.
The Blues netted the equalizer at the 13:45 mark. Luongo stopped the initial
shot from the top of the right circle, but Oshie charged in to send the
rebound shot over the goal line.
Vancouver's captain scored his first goal of the season, this one coming with
50 seconds left in the opening period. Alex Edler, playing in his 400th NHL
game, sent the puck from the right circle to the left for Burrows. The disc
went to Henrik Sedin in front and he swept it into the net.
McDonald tied the game at the 7:13 mark of the middle stanza by knocking in a
rebound from the bottom of the left circle past an out-of-position Luongo.
Berglund gave the Blues the 3-2 edge eight minutes into the third period.
Vladimir Sobotka picked up the puck behind the net and skated to the right
circle before he spun around and lifted a shot. The puck was deflected off
Berglund's pants and went past the shoulder of Luongo.
"It was a bad angle," Luongo admitted. "If anything I need to do better on the
first two goals than the last one."
The Blues were able to kill off Vancouver's 2-man advantage later in the third
period as Roman Polak (roughing) and Alex Pietrangelo (boarding) were sent off
the ice. Allen made a chest save of a slot shot from Kevin Bieksa late in the
Vancouver's Chris Higgins had a shot graze the post off a faceoff with 4 1/2
The Canucks continued to pressure the net and were given another power play
when Ian Cole pulled down Dale Weise at the 16:39 mark. Allen stopped a
rebound try from in close with 2 1/2 minutes left, but gave up the tying goal
to Raymond with 1:47 left. A rebound shot was blocked in front, but the puck
went to the left circle to Raymond, who made no mistake in getting the puck
Daniel Sedin nearly ended the game with 1:22 left in overtime, but Allen made
the save on a weak shot from in close. Daniel Sedin was denied again by Allen
The Canucks outshot the Blues 19-4 after the second period.
The Canucks split four meetings with the Blues last season ... The Canucks
went 2-for-4 on the power play, while St. Louis was 0-for-2 ... St. Louis
returns home to play San Jose Tuesday, while the Canucks start a four-game
road trip at Chicago the same night.
02/18 01:17:05 ET
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