Canucks’ defenseman, Alex Edler, corals the puck behind his own net on Friday as the Canucks fall 4-1 to the Blues (via @Canucks/Twitter)

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Patrik Berglund scored twice, including the game-winner, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in NHL action Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

St. Louis sits one point behind the Colorado Avalanche in the battle for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Dimitrij Jaskin also tallied for the Blues (41-28-5), while Sam Gagner scored for Vancouver (26-40-9).

Jake Allen picked up the goaltending victory, making 19 saves. Anders Nilsson stopped 21 Blues shots in taking the loss for the Canucks.

Within the first minute of the game, St. Louis got on the board.

Blues’ defenceman Alex Pietrangelo skated up the wing and sent a pass to Berglund who backhanded the puck above Nilsson’s blocker for his 11th goal of the season just 40 seconds into the contest.

At 4:44 of the second period, Berglund recorded his second goal of the game (a shorthanded tally) when Kyle Brodziak fed him the puck and he slotted it through the legs of Nilsson to put the Blues up by two.

At the time of Berglund’s second goal, St. Louis had two goals on six shots.

As a Vancouver power play ended, they finally found the scoresheet at 14:47 of the second, when Henrik Sedin sent a cross-crease pass to Gagner who snapped it past Allen for his first goal in 26 games, to make the score 2-1.

Shots after the end of the second were 17-15 in favour of Vancouver.

Only 14 seconds into the third period, Tarasenko snagged the puck directly in front of the Canucks’ net and sent a soft shot along the ice and through the legs of Nilsson for his 28th goal of the season.

Midway through the third, Canucks forward Jake Virtanen wired a wrist shot off of the crossbar, coming close to making it a one-goal game.

With two minutes and 29 seconds left in the game, Jaskin netted his sixth goal of the year after knocking in the puck in the Canucks’ crease through Nilsson to make the final 4-1.

GAME NOTES:

Vancouver: With seven games to play, the Canucks are in 30th spot overall in league standings, three points ahead of the last-place Buffalo Sabres, who have a game in hand.

St. Louis: Vladimir Tarasenko has 11 points in his last 11 games against the Canucks (four goals, seven assists)…defenseman Joel Edmundson played for the Kamloops Blazers in 2012-13… Scottie Upshall played for the Kamloops Blazers from 2000-03.


@kieranroconnor
kieran.oconnor@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Woman trapped under car at University Heights

Driver of sedan backs into older adult walking through lot

Residents of tent cities unfairly labeled as criminals, says report

Some neighbours supportive of Regina Park camp

Delivery truck downs power lines in Sidney

A tractor trailer delivering eggs clipped a low-hanging wire on Second St.… Continue reading

Stolen West Shore vehicle found in ocean off Oak Bay

SUV was submerged 90 feet from shore at Cattle Point

Deadly mushroom spotted in Greater Victoria

Early return of death cap mushrooms prompts Island Health warning

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

Group urges Canada to help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany

They’re concerned about Canada’s apparent unwillingness to come to the aid of Monika Schaefer

RCMP seek person of interest after elderly man left with ‘life altering’ injuries

Burnaby RCMP believe a male teen is a ‘person of interest’ in the case

MGM sues Vegas mass shooting victims, argues it isn’t liable

The company argues it has “no liability of any kind” to survivors or families of slain victims

Vancouver police propose policy for victims, witnesses who are undocumented immigrants

If approved, officers will not ask about an immigration status, unless needed

Crashes reach ‘all-time high’ across B.C.: ICBC

Auto insurer recorded more than 350,000 crashes in 2017

Saanich Tigers upset Island rivals, win pee wee provincials

The Saanich Tigers overcame Island rivals to complete a playoff run they’ll… Continue reading

Saanich seeks input on climate change plan

Saanich residents will have a chance to shape the municipality’s new climate… Continue reading

Most Read