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Vancouver at St. Louis

Blues closer to playoff cutoff position after big win over Canucks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- T.J. Oshie started the day with an upset stomach and ended it with a clutch performance in a big win for the St. Louis Blues.

David Perron scored a power-play goal early in the third period and the Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday. Perron and Oshie each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games as they try to get into the Western Conference playoffs.

Oshie missed the morning skate but fought off the effects of the flu hours later to turn in one of his strongest performances of the season.

His goal early in the second period ignited the Blues, and then he set up David Backes with a perfect pass for a short-handed goal that put them ahead 2-1.

"He's fun to watch when he's out there," Blues goalie Chris Mason said, "I'm glad he's on our side."

St. Louis, which moved to five games over .500 for the first time this season, has 79 points -- one behind Anaheim and Nashville in the playoff race.

Mason stopped 21 shots for his first career victory over the Canucks in eight appearances. He played his 25th straight game and improved to 21-20-6 after a 3-13 start.

Backes added his 25th goal of the season, and Andy McDonald put the game away with a 5-on-3 tally with 34 seconds left.

Taylor Pyatt and Alex Burrows scored for Vancouver.

Perron converted from close range off a pass from Keith Tkachuk 2:58 into the third period. Perron poked the puck into the lower left corner of the net for his 13th goal.

Backes' short-handed goal gave the Blues a 2-1 lead midway through the second. Oshie had tied the game three minutes earlier by faking goalie Roberto Luongo to the ice and sliding the puck into the net.

Perron sent Oshie in alone with a perfect pass. His 12th of the season was one of the most memorable in his short career.

"This one is up there for me," the rookie said. "Especially at this time of the year and in this situation. I did that move in college. I just waited Luongo out."

Burrows tied it 2-2 with his 25th goal midway through the second period. Burrows picked up a loose puck during a scramble in front and muscled it past Mason.

Vancouver jumped in front 1-0 on a goal by Pyatt 4:15 in. Pyatt wristed a shot between Mason's pads for his 10th goal.

The Canucks are fifth in the West, two points behind Chicago in a race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"We were strong the first five minutes," Luongo said. "Then it was the Blues the rest of the way."

St. Louis (35-30-9), which is a season-high five games over .500, has 79 points -- one below the postseason cutoff in the West.

Notes

  • Luongo made his 18th consecutive start for Vancouver.
  • The Canucks are 17-5-1 since Feb. 1.
  • St. Louis is 10-4-1 since Feb. 24.
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David Perron scores his 13th goal of the season and also sets up T.J. Oshie for his 12th. (US Presswire)
David Perron scores his 13th goal of the season and also sets up T.J. Oshie for his 12th. (US Presswire)

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Scoreboard
Vancouver (39-25-9)1102
St. Louis  (35-30-9) «0224
Three Stars
T. Oshie
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Backes
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
D. Perron
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:12Taylor Pyatt (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wellwood, Bernier
2ND PERIOD
03:03T.J. Oshie (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Perron, Woywitka
05:59Short - David Backes (25), Backhand Shot. Assist: Oshie, Polak
09:45Alexandre Burrows (25), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sedin, Sedin
3RD PERIOD
02:58Power Play - David Perron (13), Tip-In. Assist: Tkachuk, Berglund
19:26Power Play - Andy McDonald (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Boyes, Colaiacovo
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:01Mitchell, 2 min, Hooking
15:35Sundin, 2 min, Hooking
18:16Mitchell, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
05:45McClement, 2 min, Tripping
10:25McDonald, 2 min, Tripping
12:41Tkachuk, 2 min, Boarding
18:12Burrows, 2 min, Roughing
18:12Crombeen, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
01:07Demitra, 2 min, Tripping
09:18Winchester, 2 min, Hooking
13:42Crombeen, 2 min, Hooking
17:37Sundin, 2 min, Hooking
19:11Sedin, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver79723
St. Louis1214632
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Roberto Luongo60:00284
Chris Mason59:06212
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Referees - Dean Morton, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Pierre Racicot, Mark Wheler
 
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