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Canucks 3, Blues 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 3, Blues 2
Vancouver Canucks 3, St. Louis Blues 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Mats Sundin was scratched from the Vancouver Canucks' lineup for Game 3 against St. Louis on Sunday night because of a groin injury.

The Blues remained without star Paul Kariya, sidelined since early November by a hip injury. Kariya had appeared hopeful of returning after getting a stiff test in the morning skate.

Neither player is a cinch to go in Game 4 on Tuesday night, either, as the Canucks seek a four-game sweep and the Blues try to avoid getting swept for the first time since 1994.

Kariya is attempting to return from a pair of hip operations, one on each side in January and February. He had two goals and 13 assists in the first 11 games of the season.

Kariya had been skating on his own in Colorado, where he had both operations, while the Blues managed one goal and lost the first two games at Vancouver. He said he could have played in Game 3, and added it was "possible" he could be back for Game 4.

"I felt really good in the skate, my hips felt good in the skate," Kariya said told CBC between the second and third periods. "It's nice to have two legs.

"I'm really excited about the prospects of playing soon."

The 38-year-old Sundin got the first goal in the Canucks' 3-0 victory in Game 2 Friday night in Vancouver. Coach Alain Vigneault said Sundin was hurt in the first period of that game and refused to speculate on his availability for Game 4.

"We'll know in a couple days," Vigneault said. "At this time it's day to day, week to week, whatever you want to call it."

scoring summary
1st Period
03:11
STL
David Backes (1) ASST: Brad Boyes (1), Andy McDonald (2)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
07:57
VAN
PPG - Mattias Ohlund (1) ASST: Alexander Edler (2), Kyle Wellwood (1)
1 - 1 Tie
10:18
VAN
PPG - Daniel Sedin (2) ASST: Sami Salo (2), Kevin Bieksa (1)
2 - 1 VAN
16:13
STL
Andy McDonald (1) ASST: David Perron (1), David Backes (1)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
01:41
VAN
PPG - Steve Bernier (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (3), Sami Salo (3)
3 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
05:29
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Cross checking against  Brad Winchester
10:33
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Hi-sticking against  Brad Boyes
11:07
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Willie Mitchell
11:07
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Hi stick - double minor against  Andy McDonald
11:07
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Roughing against  David Backes
16:03
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
16:03
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Slashing against  B.J. Crombeen
2nd Period
07:22
STL
Jay McClement  Slashing against  Pavol Demitra
08:30
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Slashing against  Henrik Sedin
09:21
STL
Jay McClement  Holding the stick against  Ryan Kesler
20:00
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Mason Raymond
3rd Period
06:47
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Tripping against  Jay McKee
07:44
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Hi-sticking against  Keith Tkachuk
19:53
STL
David Backes  Cross checking against  Henrik Sedin
19:53
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Henrik Sedin
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
3-0-0
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
SA: 26TOI: 58:36
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0

 
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