Canucks 3, Blues 2 (OT)

The SportsXchange

ST. LOUIS -- The Vancouver Canucks were a tired hockey team on Friday night, playing their fifth game in seven days.

The St. Louis Blues were a rusty team, having gone a week since their last game.

At least on this night, it was better to be tired than rusty.

Ryan Kesler's second goal of the game with 15 seconds left in overtime lifted the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Blues.

The power play goal came after the Blues' Patrik Berglund was called for hooking with 33 seconds left in overtime.

The Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, probably the last choice the Canucks would have made on the final stop of a seven-game trip, especially when they had to go to a shootout on Thursday night in New Jersey before traveling to St. Louis.

Backup goalie Eddie Lack, playing his third NHL game, had to stop only eight St. Louis shots through the first 30 minutes of the game as the Blues had trouble getting going after their unusually long layoff, part of which was spent on a team-bonding trip to Charleston, S.C.

Two Canucks penalties 31 seconds apart late in the second period gave the Blues a two-man advantage and they scored with seven seconds left in the period. The power-play goal by Alexander Steen was his eighth goal of the season in as many games, matching his season total in 40 games last year.

The Blues began the third period with 1:36 left on the power play but needed two more seconds after the penalty expired before Vladimir Sobotka scored the tying goal on an assist from Steen at 1:38.

The Canucks had built a 1-0 lead on a first-period goal by Chris Higgins, whose shot deflected off the leg of St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak past goalie Jaroslav Halak at 17:11 of the period.

A turnover by Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in front of his own net set up the second Vancouver goal, from Kesler, at 9:34 of the second period.

NOTES: The Blues played only their eighth game of the season, the fewest in the NHL, andthe Canucks played their 13th game, the most in the league. ... The Canucks recalled C Pascal Pelletier and RW Darren Archibald from Utica of the AHL because of injuries to RW Jannik Hansean, RW Dale Weise and LW David Booth. ... The Canucks were also without LW Alexandre Burrows, who has not played since the first game of the season because of a foot injury. ... The Canucks were playing the second half of back-to-back games and the Blues were on the front end of a back-to-back, traveling to Nashville on Saturday night.
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