Vancouver at St. Louis

Sundin helps Canucks' comeback against Blues with two goals

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ST. LOUIS -- So far, Mats Sundin's abbreviated season has been a smashing success. Two more goals from the 37-year-old center helped the Vancouver Canucks rally for their third consecutive victory.

"It's a process for myself, but I think the last four or five games the legs are there," Sundin said after Vancouver blew past the St. Louis Blues with a four-goal third period in a 6-4 victory on Tuesday night. "I don't feel better or worse than what I thought it would be after 10 or 11 games."

Jannik Hansen's rebound goal with 4:42 to go capped a rally from a pair of two-goal deficits against a team surging back into the fringe of the playoff picture.

"You look at the standings and St. Louis has been playing so well," Sundin said. "We showed a lot of character, and hopefully we can build on this."

Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist in his first game back after missing 36 due to a broken left ankle for the Blues, who also got three assists from Patrik Berglund. St. Louis, which had been 6-1-3 in their previous 10 games, missed a chance to escape the Western Conference cellar for the first time since Dec. 13.

"It's the kind of game that rips your heart out," coach Andy Murray said. "It's a real tough one to lose."

The Canucks have outscored their opponents 17-10 the last three games after losing eight straight. Vancouver capitalized on three power plays in a four-goal third period, scoring on one and getting the go-ahead goal six seconds after a tripping call on Barret Jackman expired.

Sundin has four goals in three games, and has totaled six goals and 10 points in 12 games since signing a free-agent deal with Vancouver in December. He's thriving on a line with Ryan Kesler and Pavol Demitra, which has produced 20 points in the past three games.

"Ryan, in my book, is having a breakthrough season and Pavol is a veteran guy who knows where to go on the ice," Sundin said. "It's been fun playing with those two guys."

The Canucks trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before rallying in the third period to tie it twice, the first time on Kesler's 15th goal. McDonald's seventh goal put the Blues ahead 4-3 at 9:26, before Vancouver finished them off with goals by Alexandre Burrows, Hansen and Demitra into an empty net.

The Blues were 2-for-4 on the power play, but had no chances in the third.

McDonald led St. Louis with 18 points in 16 games before the injury, and signed a four-year, $18.8 contract extension on Monday. He said his game was a bit rusty.

"Probably my timing is a little bit off and I'm a little bit slow making decisions," McDonald said. "But I was excited to be out there."

Sundin scored both of his goals in the second, tapping in a rebound on a power play after Demitra hit the post, and beating Chris Mason from the left side to cut the deficit to 3-2 at the eight-minute mark. Sundin's second goal came about two minutes after Keith Tkachuk scored on a rebound, hustling to beat a defender to the puck for his 17th of the season.

Steve Wagner and Brad Boyes scored late in the first period to give the Blues an early cushion. McDonald assisted on the first goal, with Wagner stepping up into the left circle before beating Roberto Luongo at 18:27, and Boyes got his 24th with four seconds to go on a power play.

Notes

  • Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of longtime Blues announcer Dan Kelly, for whom the press box is named. Kelly's son John is the team's TV play-by-play man.
  • The Canucks have allowed at least one power-play goal in 13 of 14 games, allowing 20 in that stretch. In the other game, they had to kill only one power play.
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Mats Sundin has turned it up a notch for the Canucks with goals in three straight games. (AP)
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Scoreboard
Vancouver  (25-20-8) «0246
St. Louis (22-25-6)2114
Three Stars
M. Sundin
VAN


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Berglund
STL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
K. Bieksa
VAN


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
18:27Steve Wagner (2), Slap Shot. Assist: McDonald, Oshie
19:56Power Play - Brad Boyes (24), Slap Shot. Assist: Colaiacovo, Berglund
2ND PERIOD
03:48Power Play - Mats Sundin (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Demitra, Bieksa
06:01Power Play - Keith Tkachuk (17), Backhand Shot. Assist: Berglund, Colaiacovo
08:00Mats Sundin (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bieksa, Kesler
3RD PERIOD
07:58Power Play - Ryan Kesler (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Demitra, Edler
09:26Andy McDonald (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Oshie, Berglund
11:50Alexandre Burrows (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ohlund
15:18Jannik Hansen (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pyatt, Mitchell
19:51Pavol Demitra (14), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:29Perron, 2 min, Interference
07:29Hinote, 5 min, Fighting
07:29Bieksa, 5 min, Fighting
07:29Perron, 2 min, Roughing
07:29Burrows, 2 min, Roughing
19:24Salo, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
01:22Demitra, 2 min, Boarding
02:02McDonald, 2 min, Holding
03:48Bieksa, 2 min, Roughing
03:48Backes, 2 min, Cross-Checking
05:39Johnson, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
04:55Strachan, 2 min, Tripping
07:18Colaiacovo, 2 min, Hooking
13:12Jackman, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver1091130
St. Louis1111628
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Roberto Luongo60:00244
Chris Mason58:49245
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Vancouver2-for-5
St. Louis2-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 16431
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Greg Kimmerly
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Dan Schachte
 
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