ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks had nothing to show for
the first two periods. Then they got going.
Magnus Arvedson scored two goals for the second straight game
and the Canucks extended their winning streak to four Thursday
night with a 4-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues.
"I think it was a case where we had a great third period and
they wore out," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "That happens
in the league and you've got to be prepared for it."
Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver. Arvedson
and Markus Naslund sparked the Canucks' four-goal third period,
scoring in a span of 1:42 to end Chris Osgood's shutout bid and put
Arvedson scored his eighth goal of the season, and fourth in
three games since returning from a six-game absence due to a
herniated disc, for a two-goal gap midway through the third. He's
not sure where the offense is coming from.
"I don't know, don't ask me," Arvedson said. "It feels good,
I can't lie about that. Not only the goal scoring but I feel real
comfortable with the puck."
Mark Rycroft and Keith Tkachuk scored for the Blues, who are
0-4-1 in their last five games and 5-11-5 in their last 21. They've
totaled 10 goals in their last seven games, and lost when leading
after two periods for only the second time all season, falling to
"We're at the bottom of the barrel right now," forward Dallas
Drake said. "We're looking for any answer we can get."
Osgood is 1-9-4 with two no-decisions since Dec. 18.
Sedin scored on a breakaway to finish off the Canucks' big third
period, which erased a 1-0 deficit, and assisted on both of
Rycroft gave the Blues the lead at 9:58 of the second period
with his seventh goal -- and first point in seven games.
"That was nice," Rycroft said. "It was a good start,
Arvedson tied it at 2:11 of the third on the receiving end of
two long passes, the first from Brian Allen near the Vancouver goal
and the next tapped ahead by Sedin at center ice.
The Canucks had been 0-for-6 on the power play, including 1:50
of a two-man advantage early in the first period, before Naslund
broke the tie. He scored his 28th goal on a one-timer from the
right side of the net off a feed from Brendan Morrison.
Arvedson made it 3-1 at 10:52 with a shot from the right side
that deflected off the shin pads of defenseman Chris Pronger and
scooted between Osgood's pads. Tkachuk cut the gap to one at 12:16
off a setup from behind the net by Drake, but Sedin broke free and
answered for the Canucks at 16:52.
"They just threw the puck out in front and I was right there,"
Sedin said. "I wasn't that fast, but I was fast enough."
Blues F Pavol Demitra missed the game with a hip pointer
sustained Wednesday, and coach Joel Quenneville said he might miss
a week or two. ... The Blues claimed F Pascal Rheaume off waivers
from the New York Rangers for his second stint with the team.
Rheaume previously was with St. Louis from 1997-01 and is expected
to play Saturday against the Devils. ... The Canucks are 5-8-5-1
when trailing after two periods. ... Vancouver began a five-game,
eight-day road trip.