Game Report: Canucks 2, Blues 1 (overtime)

By Nicholas Hand

A late rally by the Canucks handed the Blues their first loss of the season Tuesday night in Vancouver. Bo Horvat and Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks to spoil a solid goaltending performance by Jake Allen.

The tying goal came with just 2:55 left in regulation before Sedin won it 1:40 into overtime.

The Blues are now 3-0-1 in the young season.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the only goal for the Blues, his fourth of the year.

A penalty-filled first period featuring five combined power plays between the Canucks and Blues failed to produce a goal that withstood review.

Vancouver appeared to score at 13:50 of the period, but video review overturned the Luca Sbisa goal on the ice after replay showed that Sbisa used a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.

Allen withstood the Canucks’ attack again in the second period with three key saves, including one that sparked a Blues rush the other way resulting in the game’s first goal. Following a save on Henrik Sedin, Alexander Steen was able to shoot the puck up the ice to an open Tarasenko for a two-on-one rush with Scottie Upshall.

Tarasenko elected to shoot and fired a wrist shot past the glove side of Canucks’ goaltender Jacob Markstrom at 10:23 of the period.

After Vancouver hit the post twice in the second period, the one-goal lead carried into the third period for St. Louis.

The Canucks forced overtime when Horvat scored on a rebound of a Erik Gudbranson shot from the point with just 2:55 remaining in the game.

Shortly before the goal, a costly Magnus Paajarvi turnover on a failed clearing attempt kept the Canucks pressure in the Blues zone alive.

The game proceeded to three-on-three overtime when Henrik Sedin scored on a rebound 1:40 into overtime. Daniel Sedin and Christopher Tanev assisted on the game-winning goal.

Of Note: Kyle Brodziak, Carl Gunnarsson, Jori Lehtera, and Jaden Schwartz were out of the lineup with upper-body injuries. Schwartz skated with the team on Tuesday and is probable to return on Thursday night in Edmonton. Brodziak and Gunnarsson made the Western Canadian trip but Lehtera remained in St. Louis… Former Blues goaltender Ryan Miller was scheduled to start against the Blues before sustaining a minor lower-body injury on Tuesday morning… With the injuries at forward, Nail Yakupov excelled in a top-six role on Tuesday night creating numerous scoring chances with 13:30 of ice time.

Between the Pipes:
Allen made 24 saves in the overtime loss as his record fell to 2-0-1. Markstrom made 23 saves in the win.

Looking Ahead:
The Blues travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers on Thursday night in the Blues’ first visit to the new Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton. The game begins at 8 p.m. St. Louis time.