T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald scored in the shootout as the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Sunday night at Rogers Arena.
Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows were both stopped in the one-on-one battle by Blues rookie goaltender Jake Allen, who improved to 3-0-0 this season.
Kesler opened the scoring 4:37 into the opening period with his first goal of the season, a power play marker, in just his second game this year. Daniel and Henrik Sedin assisted and the Canucks held a 1-0 lead until the 13:45 mark when Oshie knotted the game up at 1-1.
With 50 seconds left in the first, Henrik Sedin hit the scoresheet for the first time this season, he trickled a Burrows pass over the line to make it 2-1 Vancouver through 20 minutes.
McDonald was the lone scorer of the second as Roberto Luongo, who finished with 20 saves, stopped 10 of 11 shots in the middle stanza.
In the third Aaron Volpatti traded punches with heavyweight Ryan Reaves to ignite the Canucks, but it was the Blues taking advantage with Vladimir Sobotka scoring at the eight minute mark. It was 3-2 Blues until Mason Raymond forced overtime late with his team-lead-tying fifth goal of the season.
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Aaron Volpatti vs. Ryan Reaves - way to step up Volpatti. Perfect timing.
Tweet of the Night - "Mason Raymond to play every shift of ot" - @botchford. After tying the game up in dramatic fashion with his team-leading fifth goal of the season, he would have deserved it. Raymond had 10 goals in 55 games all of last year.
309 - It seems like just yesterday Ryan Kesler was lighting up the scoreboard. It wasn't. It was last year, 309 days ago to be exact. Before scoring Sunday, Kesler's last goal was netted against Phoenix on March 14, 2012.
Respect your Edlers - Alexander Edler appeared in his 400th game Sunday night, all as a member of the Canucks. He's just the 13th defenceman and 35th skater overall to make 400-or-more appearances with the Canucks all-time.
Better late than never - Congratulations to 101-year-old Canucks fan Herb Dawe who was in Rogers Arena Sunday attending his first NHL game. FIN presented him with a Roberto Luongo jersey.