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Canucks stumped in St. Louis

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 6-1 loss to St. Louis.

…St. Louis scored three goals in a span of just 1:54 early in the first period to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

The Blues, who had scored only four goals in their last five games, all loses, got on the scoreboard just 18 seconds into the game and they didn’t let up from there winning 6-1.

Brad Boyes led the way with a goal and three assists for the Blues, while David Perron recorded his first career hat trick and Andy McDonald had a goal and two helpers in his 500th NHL games.

Henrik Sedin had the lone goal for the Canucks, who have now lost consecutive games for the first time since dropping three straight to start the season.

It might be a playground way of looking at things, but in this 6-1 drubbing, at least the Canucks managed to score on Blues netminder Chris Mason.

Breaking Mason’s shutout bid was one of the only bright spots for the Canucks in this lopsided affair; Henrik Sedin accomplished the feat a minute into the third period when he squeaked a puck just over the goal line. Ryan Kesler set the play up by stealing the puck from Mason behind the goal before dishing it to Hank.

Henrik now has nine goals and 20 points on the season, the Canucks assistant captain is only five scores off Ante Kopitar and Alex Ovechkin’s NHL-high 14.

On a night when nine Canucks finished with a minus-rating and the team combined to go minus-15 overall, Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond each managed to salmon their way up stream at plus-1.

Kesler and Raymond were Vancouver’s two strongest forwards and their ice time reflected that as they each played 22 shifts and had 18:13 and 16:31 of ice time.

With an assist on the Sedin goal, Kesler now has 17 points on the year, while Raymond was held without a point for the first time in five games.

Canucks netminder Andrew Raycroft came into this contest having won three straight starts in place of Roberto Luongo, he was also first in the NHL with a goals against average of 1.60 and second with a save percentage of .936.

In allowing four goals on 13 shots in the first period against the Blues, Raycroft got the hook as Luongo made his return to the net. Raycroft dipped his head on the bench and his numbers took a dip as well as he fell to sixth in both goals against and save percentage.

The Canucks have Wednesday to lick their wounds and refocus before heading into Detroit on Thursday.

The Canucks and Red Wings have face each other once already this season with Detroit walking out of Vancouver with a 5-4 win thanks to a late goal Jason Williams.

Thursday’s game will be the second in as many nights for the Wings as they face the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday evening.

NUMBERS

4 – Goals against for Andrew Raycroft; 2 for Roberto Luongo.

4 – Shots for Mikael Samuelsson, a team-high.

9 – Goals for Henrik Sedin, he scored a career-high 22 last season.

56 – Penalty minutes handed to the Canucks on 14 penalties.

4 – Fighting majors dealt to Vancouver; Bieksa received two, Hordichuk and Glass had one each.

OFFENCE

Vancouver hit Chris Mason with 23 shots, although 21 of them came in the opening two periods.

Once the Canucks were well behind the eight-ball, they struggled offensively with only two shots in the third.

Mikael Samuelsson had a team-high four shots, he leads the team with 66 overall.

DEFENCE

This was far from a good effort on the back end as St. Louis exposed flaws in Vancouver's defense and on at least two goals Vancouver defenders were caught out of position.

Vancouver's goaltending wasn't much better as Raycroft struggled allowing four goals on 13 shots, while Luongo stopped 15 of 17 shots.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks took eight minors and 14 penalties overall, that gave the Blues a lot of time on the power play, although St. Louis only went 1-for-6. Vancouver responded with an 0-for-4 effort with the man advantage.

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