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Blues 4, Canucks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:15 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 4, Canucks 0
Vancouver Canucks 0, St. Louis Blues 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) - At least the St. Louis Blues have somebody's number.

Curtis Sanford stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and Mike Sillinger scored for the fifth straight game, helping the Blues end a nine-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

Vladimir Orsagh, Christian Backman and Petr Cajanek also scored for the Blues, whose last victory also came over the Canucks on Jan. 2. The slump was two games shy of a franchise-record 11-game losing streak earlier this season.

The Canucks bring out the best in the Blues, who haven't forgotten they got eliminated by Vancouver in the first round of the playoffs three years ago. Checks from bruising Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi have led to shoulder injuries to Barret Jackman and the now-retired Al MacInnis, and Jackman tried to goad Bertuzzi into a fight a handful of times.

"We're just fired up to play them," Jackman said. "We've got a little bit of a vendetta against them, and it shows.

"Everybody comes out to play and it's good to see."

Sanford, who has four shutouts in 28 career starts, was at his best in the third period when the Canucks had a 21-5 shots advantage. Vancouver, beginning a seven-game trip, was blanked on four power plays in the final period.

"I thought he played great," Canucks forward Markus Naslund said. "He kept them in the game."

This despite the Canucks' strategy of planting Bertuzzi and Ed Jovanovski in front of the net to obscure the view.

"I was trying to peek over shoulders," Sanford said. "Those are big bodies, and our defense isn't going to move them. It's really tough, so you just have to try and focus on where the puck is all the time and just keep an eye out for it."

The Canucks had been 7-2 since falling 4-1 at St. Louis, and had outscored the opposition 22-6 during a four-game winning streak. Backup goalie Maxime Ouellet, who got only his third start, made 19 saves.

"We didn't do good things throughout the entire game," coach Marc Crawford said. "I don't think we had enough guys who worked hard enough and we end up with that type of result when that happens."

The Blues have the worst record in the NHL but had been threatening to end the slump the last two games, both shootout losses. They're 6-14-3 at home and 11-29-7 overall.

"We kind of knew this was coming," Backman said. "The last two games we played really well and we deserved better."

The Blues were held without a shot during a double-minor for high-sticking on Anson Carter midway through the first period before breaking through on their next power play. Sillinger scored his 18th goal on the deflection of Scott Young's drive from the point at 16:24, giving him five goals and two assists in his last five games.

Orsagh's first goal in five games with the Blues, and his first NHL goal since March 30, 2004, put St. Louis ahead 2-0 late in the second period. Orsagh, claimed off waivers from the Phoenix Coyotes earlier this month, scored from the slot on a feed from Kevin Dallman at 17:06.

Backman made it a three-goal bulge at 1:38 of the third on a break-in after his penalty for holding the stick ended. Backman deked Ouellet and scored on a backhander for his third goal of the season.

Cajanek added an empty-net goal with 40 seconds to go.

Notes: Former Blues F Aaron Downey was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens and had an assist in a 7-3 loss at Carolina. Downey and coach Mike Kitchen apparently clashed over playing time. ... Sillinger left with back spasms after getting driven into the boards by Mattias Ohlund late in the second period. He said he was day-to-day. ... The Canucks are 1-12-2 when trailing after two periods. The Blues are only 6-4-4 when leading after two. ... Jovanovski returned to the Canucks' lineup after missing 11 games with a groin injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
16:24
STL
PPG - Mike Sillinger (19) ASST: Scott Young (21), Doug Weight (32)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
17:06
STL
Vladimir Orszagh (1) ASST: Kevin Dallman (4), Christian Backman (8)
2 - 0 STL
3rd Period
01:38
STL
Christian Backman (3) ASST: Dallas Drake (15), Jamal Mayers (10)
3 - 0 STL
19:20
STL
EN - Petr Cajanek (5) ASST: Dean McAmmond (8)
4 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
08:09
VAN
Anson Carter  Hi-sticking
08:09
VAN
Anson Carter  Hi-sticking
12:19
STL
Mark Rycroft  Interference on goalkeeper
12:19
STL
Mark Rycroft  Fighting (maj)
12:19
VAN
Steve McCarthy  Fighting (maj)
15:48
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hooking
17:58
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Holding
2nd Period
10:51
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Tripping
15:57
VAN
Ed Jovanovski  Hooking
16:37
STL
Doug Weight  Hooking
18:23
VAN
Maxime Ouellet  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
19:31
STL
Christian Backman  Holding the stick
3rd Period
04:54
STL
Barret Jackman  Holding
12:15
STL
Barret Jackman  Interference
15:28
STL
Eric Weinrich  Interference
goalie stats
Maxime Ouellet
Maxime Ouellet
SA: 22TOI: 57:43
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .864SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Sanford
SA: 34TOI: 59:54
Saves: 34EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 15
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0

 
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