VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Canucks hosted the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, but before the night ended, the Blues wore out their welcome. As the Blues won 3-0, the game ended up a battle of the Swedes—the Blues were focused on shutting down Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and all three goals were scored by Swedish players. Alex Steen netted two and Patrik Berglund scored the insurance marker.
Both teams started solidly—and Brian Elliott got lucky with two posts hit—in the first period. Scoreless after the first, the game appeared to be a battle of the backup goaltenders. Following a poor showing in Edmonton on Wednesday night, the Canucks elected to start Cory Schneider. Jaroslav Halak watched again as the Blues stuck with Elliott after posting back-to-back wins against Carolina on Friday and Philadelphia on Saturday.
Alex Steen started the scoring in the second. Off a beautiful pass from Kevin Shattenkirk, Steen one-timed a shot on Schneider. After Schneider made the save, Steen followed up on the play, burying the rebound to put the Blues on top. At the end of the second, the Blues had a 1-0 lead and the game was up for grabs.
Steen added his second of the night as play resumed in the third. David Backes passed to Steen along the half-boards, then screened Schneider as Steen slung a wrist shot at the net. erglund added a third goal late in the third period, his third of the season. Kevin Shattenkirk finished the game with two assists.
Elliott is playing with confidence and poise. He continues to challenge Blues coach Davis Payne’s choices about who to start in net. Elliott is 4-0-0 this season, posting a 1.59 GAA and .950 Sv %.
- Brian Elliott has stopped 132 of 139 shots this season.
- Matt D’Agostini was a +2 in Wednesday’s game. He is now a +9 on the year.
- David Perron is traveling with the team on this Canadian road trip. It’s his first road trip since last November.
- The Alex Steen/Jason Arnott/Jamie Langenbrunner line continues to gel. Steen is on fire, leading the Blues in goals (5). Arnott and Steen both have 8 points in 9 games.
- After being claimed off waivers, Taylor Chorney has yet to make his Blues debut.
- After playing extremely well post-trade last season, Chris Stewart is struggling. He has 2 points in 9 games and is a -1.
- The Blues take on the Calgary Flames Friday night in Calgary. The teams have met once this season. The previous meeting marks Halak’s only victory thus far this season.