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Blues 4, Canucks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:15 AM

Associated Press

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Vancouver Canucks 1, St. Louis Blues 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues finally got off to a strong start at home.

The Blues scored three times in the first period Monday night and beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1.
 

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Mike Sillinger, who had two goals and assist for the Blues, said this was the way things used to go all the time at the Savvis Center.

``It's about time we come out in our own building and put a team away in the first period,'' Sillinger said. ``We have not beat too many teams in the first period and that's the way the Blues used to play. I remember coming into this building as the opposition, and the Blues would (always) come out strong. We did that tonight. The key to the game was the start.''

The Blues, who won for just the fifth time at home this season, snapping a three-game skid at the Savvis Center. St. Louis still has a league-low 13 points at home (5-12-3).

``It's coming to a head here a little bit for us,'' said Doug Weight, who had a goal and two assists for the Blues. ``We're starting to get a little confident with the puck and play a little better game. We've been on the short end of some games, but we've played better.''

Vancouver has been struggling both at home and on the road lately, losing for the seventh time in their last eight games.

``I think we were flat, and it's happened way too many times for us this year,'' Naslund said. ``For some reason, we've come and given teams chances to get the lead on us. It's difficult once you're down a couple of goals to get back and obviously, it gives them confidence and boost, too.''

Anson Carter had the lone goal for Vancouver, and Alex Auld stopped 22 shots.

Curtis Sanford made 30 saves for the Blues, and Scott Young had the other St. Louis goal.

Coming into the game, the Blues had been outscored 42-28 in the first period this season. However, St. Louis jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first 20 minutes and never looked back.

Weight got the Blues going 7:40 into the game with a power-play goal when he deflected Dennis Wideman's slap shot from the left point past Auld. Weight has 33 points - 18 on the power play.

Carter tied the game 4:53 later with a power-play goal of his own when he knocked in the rebound of a shot by Daniel Sedin.

Weight helped give the Blues the lead for good when he broke in on the right side and dropped a passed to Young between the circles. Young then beat Auld with a wrist shot at 16:18 to make it 2-1.

Just 2:10 later, Sillinger gave the Blues a two-goal advantage with a similar tally. This time, Dallas Drake came up the right side, passed across the ice to Petr Cajanek and Cajanek dropped it in the slot to Sillinger, who scored on a wrist shot.

Auld, who gave up three goals on 10 shots in the first period, stopped all 15 shots he faced over the next two periods. However, the Canucks could not put anything past Sanford, who made 19 saves over the final two periods - including 12 in the third period.

Sanford was happy to be back in action. When Patrick Lalime was placed on waivers, Sanford was given the starting job. Then he went down with an injury.

``I was really looking for that opportunity to play a lot more games,'' Sanford said. ``That's the first thing that went through my mind when I was injured. I was hoping that chance didn't go down the toilet.''

Sillinger added an empty-netter with 1:39 remaining.

Notes: Vancouver's Trevor Linden played in his 1,200th career game. ... Sanford, who played in relief Saturday against Anaheim, made his first start since returning from a hip flexor injury. ... The Blues improved to 9-19-4 against the Western Conference.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:40
STL
PPG - Doug Weight (8) ASST: Dennis Wideman (8), Mike Sillinger (14)
1 - 0 STL
13:23
VAN
PPG - Anson Carter (14) ASST: Daniel Sedin (19), Henrik Sedin (25)
1 - 1 Tie
16:18
STL
Scott Young (8) ASST: Doug Weight (25), Barret Jackman (4)
2 - 1 STL
18:28
STL
Mike Sillinger (13) ASST: Petr Cajanek (19), Dallas Drake (6)
3 - 1 STL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
18:21
STL
EN - Mike Sillinger (14) ASST: Doug Weight (26), Dallas Drake (7)
4 - 1 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:32
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Cross checking
12:06
STL
Peter Sejna  Hooking
14:02
STL
Jay McClement  Hooking
2nd Period
00:27
STL
Petr Cajanek  Hooking
04:47
VAN
Trevor Linden  Hi-sticking
08:59
VAN
Richard Park  Interference
13:37
STL
Doug Weight  Hooking
18:38
VAN
Brendan Morrison  Interference
19:02
STL
Eric Weinrich  Hi-sticking
3rd Period
00:42
VAN
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference on goalkeeper
00:58
STL
Eric Brewer  Interference
11:48
VAN
Matt Cooke  Elbowing
17:41
STL
Dennis Wideman  Fighting (maj)
17:41
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Fighting (maj)
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 25TOI: 59:12
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .880SH: 2 - 2
Curtis Sanford
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1

 
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