Vancouver at St. Louis

Perron's hat trick gives Blues much-needed home breakthrough

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues believed they were due for a breakout game at home. Andy McDonald, Brad Boyes and David Perron paved the way for an offensive outburst.

The trio combined for 10 points, with Perron recording his first NHL hat trick, Boyes netting a goal and three assists, and McDonald contributing a goal and two assists in his 500th career game.

It added up to St. Louis' 6-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

The Blues, who were 1-5-1 in their first seven home games, scored four times in the first 7:36 -- including Perron's two goals in a span of 1:54.

"We hadn't played real well at home," said Boyes, who nearly matched his season total of six points. "It was a tough building to play in last year. We've got to get that way again. This was a good way to get going."

Erik Johnson also scored, and Chris Mason made 22 saves for the Blues.

"We wanted to be good early, and that was the message," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "Tonight, we were good early."

The Canucks, who had won three of four, got a third-period goal from Henrik Sedin.

"They beat us to loose pucks, they were the better team 1-on-1 and they had better chances obviously," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said of the Blues. "They played real well. That team came out real hard. Their execution was real good and they took it to us real hard in the first period. They had some quality chances and they buried them."

Andrew Raycroft, who had been 4-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average while No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo was injured, allowed four goals on 13 shots before being replaced after the first period.

"Obviously it was a tough first period," Raycroft said. "Four goals in eight minutes is not good enough."

Luongo then made his first appearance since Oct. 27, when he broke a rib. He was not expected to play until Thursday in Detroit.

"That's the only positive thing," Luongo said. "I got some minutes, but it's tough. You don't want to come in situations like that."

McDonald scored 18 seconds into the game, beating Raycroft with a wrister from the slot after a drop pass by Boyes. Perron's deflection in the slot of Boyes' shot from the top of the left circle at 5:42 made it 2-0.

"We came out pretty hard," McDonald said. "We generated a lot of chances in the first. It's something we've failed to do in the past. We've been struggling to score goals, so it was nice to be able to come out and jump on them a little bit and get everybody rolling."

Johnson, who missed last season due to a knee injury, scored his first goal since March 28, 2008, when his feed into the slot deflected into the net off Canucks winger Matt Pettinger's skate at 6:53.

Perron netted his sixth of the season by sending in a wrist shot from the right circle at 7:36, giving the Blues a 4-0 lead.

Boyes' third of the season came on the power play, a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from McDonald past Luongo at 18:45 of the second period.

Sedin broke Mason's shutout bid 1:02 into the third when his backhander trickled over Mason and across the goal line after the goalie was picked by Ryan Kesler behind the net.

Perron completed his hat trick when he deflected in Johnson's shot 15:53 into the third.

"It's always good to get a goal, and it's even better to get two, and even better to get three," Perron said. "The most important thing was we got a lot of shots. We got some goals, finally, so it felt good."

Notes

  • It was the first meeting between the teams since the Canucks swept the Blues in the first round of the playoffs last season.
  • The Blues' four goals in the first 10 minutes marked the third time they've accomplished such a feat. The team record for quickest four goals at the start of a game is 6:41 set on Feb. 6, 1973, against the Canucks.
  • Vancouver LW Daniel Sedin (broken foot) was on the ice Tuesday morning but didn't play. Sedin, sidelined since Oct. 10, could be in the lineup Thursday at Detroit.
  • Blues LW B.J. Crombeen and Canucks D Kevin Bieksa fought each other twice.
  • The Blues are 3 for 35 on the power play in eight home games after going 2 for 7 on Tuesday.
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David Perron completes his hat trick in the third period by getting a shot past Roberto Luongo.  (AP)
David Perron completes his hat trick in the third period by getting a shot past Roberto Luongo. (AP)

Scoreboard
Vancouver (10-9-0)0011
St. Louis  (6-6-4) «4116
Three Stars
D. Perron
STL


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
A. McDonald
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
B. Boyes
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
18.0Andy McDonald (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Boyes
05:42David Perron (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Boyes, Jackman
06:53Erik Johnson (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Sydor, Backes
07:36David Perron (6), Slap Shot. Assist: McDonald, Boyes
2ND PERIOD
18:45Power Play - Brad Boyes (3), Slap Shot. Assist: McDonald, Oshie
3RD PERIOD
01:02Henrik Sedin (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Kesler
15:53Power Play - David Perron (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Johnson, Oshie
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
34.0Crombeen, 2 min, Roughing
34.0Crombeen, 5 min, Fighting
34.0Bieksa, 2 min, Instigator
34.0Bieksa, 5 min, Fighting
34.0Bieksa, 10 min, Misconduct
15:08Burrows, 2 min, Tripping
18:53McClement, 2 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
01:19Perron, 2 min, High-Sticking
16:40Janssen, 5 min, Fighting
16:40Glass, 5 min, Fighting
18:02Samuelsson, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
03:45Tkachuk, 2 min, Slashing
07:00Johnson, 2 min, Slashing
09:45Bieksa, 5 min, Fighting
09:45Crombeen, 2 min, Holding
09:45Crombeen, 5 min, Fighting
11:52Glass, 2 min, Cross-Checking
15:04Hordichuk, 2 min, Instigator
15:04Hordichuk, 5 min, Fighting
15:04Janssen, 5 min, Fighting
15:04Hordichuk, 10 min, Game Misconduct
15:53O'Brien, 2 min, Slashing
19:28Pettinger, 2 min, High-Sticking
20:00Mitchell, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Mitchell, 10 min, Misconduct
20:00Polak, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Polak, 2 min, Boarding
20:00Polak, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver1110223
St. Louis139830
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Roberto Luongo40:00152
Andrew Raycroft20:0094
Chris Mason60:00221
Game Information
Attendance - 17175
Referees - Dan O'Rourke, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Bryan Pancich, Jay Sharrers
 
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