St. Louis beats host Vancouver in shootout | NHL
T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald each scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the host Vancouver Canucks.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald each scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Oshie was born in Mount Vernon and grew up in Everett.
Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis, which swept its three-game road swing after losing five straight games.
Blues rookie goaltender Jake Allen made 28 saves and stopped the Canucks' Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows in the shootout.
Kesler and Henrik Sedin had their first goals of the season and Mason Raymond also scored in regulation for Vancouver, which has lost two straight after winning six in a row.
The Canucks looked destined to lose in regulation after the Blues took a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but Raymond tied the score on a power play with 1:47 remaining.
A point shot took an errant bounce and landed on Raymond's stick and he buried his fifth of the season.
Oshie's shootout goal froze Roberto Luongo, who stood motionless as Oshie skated in and whipped a shot between Luongo's legs.
The Canucks dominated the third period, outshooting the Blues 14-3.
Allen earned his third victory in as many career starts.
Luongo made the start for Vancouver after Cory Schneider had an off night against Dallas on Friday, allowing four goals.
Luongo, who has not lost in regulation this season, made 20 saves but wasn't up to his brilliant standard of previous games.
"Whether it's an 82- or 48-game schedule, that's going to happen," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was quoted as saying in The Vancouver Sun about the dropoff in goalie play the last two games. "As a group, I'd like to believe when our goaltenders are having a fair night or an average night, we can still come up and still get it done.
"I thought tonight, we battled real hard."
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CHICAGO — Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings 3-2, extending their season-opening points streak to 15 games.
Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks (12-0-3), who matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the second-longest season-opening points streak in league history.
Chicago is one away from the league record, set by Anaheim in the 2006-07 season, and will try to match the mark on Tuesday when it hosts Vancouver.