The Vancouver Canucks continued their recent dominance of St. Louis, with a 4-1 in Missouri. The ‘Nucks are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games with the Blues.
Shawn Matthias opened the scoring with his 18th goal of the year near the fourth minute mark of the second period on a breakaway. Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev found Matthias with a lovely pass, while the Blues were on an awful line change.
Zbynek Michalek evened the game nine minutes later for the Blues, but while the announcement of the goal was being made, Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa shot a puck from the left side, off of the end boards and back out to the right side where Nick Bonino was waiting. He buried his 15th into a yawning cage and that was the game winner 31 seconds after St. Louis scored.
Radim Vrbata added his 31st goal of the season to go with his assist on the Bonino goal to make 3-1 Canucks, seven minutes into the third period.
Alex Burrows potted his 15th on the empty net to finish the scoring.
Goalie Eddie Lack stopped 23 shots and now has five wins and zero losses against St. Louis in his career.
Vancouver is off to Nashville to meet the Predators on Tuesday.
The Canucks remain in second place in the Pacific Division with 93 points, two better than Calgary. The Flames won in Dallas 5-3.
Los Angeles lost in Chicago 4-1. The Kings are three points back of Calgary. LA is just 2 points back of Winnipeg for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Both teams have six games remaining.