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Blues defeat Canucks in overtime

Schenn scores at 2:41 to extend his point streak to seven games

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Any other night, St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn admits he might have pulled up wide and looked to make a pass.

Riding a six-game point streak, a confident Schenn decided to do it himself.

Schenn scored on a solo rush 2:41 into overtime to give the Blues a 4-3 comeback win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

 

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"If you are not [confident] you take the puck maybe to the outside and maybe kind of wait for a breakdown," Schenn said. "But if you feel like you have confidence, you try to make a play."

After starting at his own blue line, Schenn cut into the middle in the Vancouver zone and beat Anders Nilsson with a wrist shot high on the blocker side. It was Schenn's fifth goal and 15th point during a NHL-best seven-game point streak.

"I just had fresh legs and I don't know if their guys are fresh or not and I saw a little bit of a false gap by their three guys," Schenn said. "I don't know if the puck rolled but I chucked a change-up on net and I'll definitely take the goals like that."

Paul Stastny assisted on the first three goals for the Blues, including a cross-ice pass to defenseman Joel Edmundson for a one-timer that tied it 3-3 at 4:46 of the third period. St. Louis leads the NHL with 21 goals from defensemen.

Video: STL@VAN: Edmundson fires home one-timer to tie game

"We know we're never out of a game," Edmundson said, who has six goals. "We think we can score goals whenever so we just stayed positive, went out in the third period and played a fast game and just kind of took over the game."

Colton Parayko and Vladimir Sobotka also scored, and Jake Allen made 20 saves for the Western Conference-leading Blues (15-5-1), who bounced back from consecutive losses with their second straight win to finish a three-game western Canada road trip.

Brock Boeser, Markus Granlund and Sven Baertschi scored, and Nilsson made 27 saves for the Canucks (9-8-3), who have lost four of their past five games (1-3-1).

"That's one of the better teams we've seen this year," coach Travis Green said. "I liked the way we played tonight. Obviously, you get up 3-1 you'd like to get a win, but give them credit."

Video: STL@VAN: Boeser wires in wrister to open scoring

Boeser put the Canucks ahead 1-0 at 11:44 of the first period, skating out of the corner and scoring with a wrist shot from the left face-off dot that went between the legs of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and under the arm of Allen.

Parayko tied it 1-1 with 1:26 left with a one-timer from the top of the right face-off circle after a pass from Stastny below the goal line.

"It's tough to defend and so easy on the forwards when we have another option like that," Stastny said about the offensive output from the defensemen.

Granlund scored on a shorthanded 3-on-1 at 5:23 of the second period for a 2-1 lead, and Baertschi scored on a power-play rebound to make it 3-1 at 10:58.

"When we're up like that we've just got to keep sticking the fork in them," Boeser said.

Sobotka made it 3-2 at 13:10 after another pass from Stastny below the goal line, beating Nilsson low on the glove side with a wrist shot from inside the top of the left face-off circle.

Video: STL@VAN: Sobotka beats Nilsson with wicked wrister

 

Goal of the game

Schenn scored on a solo rush 2:41 into overtime.

Video: STL@VAN: Schenn extends point streak with OT winner

 

Save of the game

Nilsson stopped Vladimir Tarasenko alone in tight 8:12 into the third period.

Video: STL@VAN: Nilsson denies Tarasenko after nice deke

 

Highlight of the game

Granlund scored on a shorthanded rush 5:23 into the second period.

Video: STL@VAN: Granlund beats Allen for shorthanded goal

 

They said it

"It's definitely better than standing on the blue line all night. [Coach Mike Yeo] tells us all the time to jump up in the play but be smart about it. We've done a good job and it shows with the defensemen goals." -- Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson

 

"I don't think we sat back. They came out hard. You have to respect a team like that. They are on a great run right now. At the end for us I think we were fortunate going into overtime. We gave up tons of chances." -- Canucks forward Sven Baertschi

Video: STL@VAN: Baertschi buries rebound for PPG

 

Need to know

Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (ankle) and forward Patrik Berglund (shoulder), who have yet to play this season, practiced during the road trip and will be re-evaluated when the Blues return to St. Louis. … Canucks defensemen Christopher Tanev, who injured his thumb Nov. 7, and Troy Stecher, who sprained his knee Oct. 22, skated with the Canucks on Saturday and will join them for a six-game road trip that starts Tuesday.

 

What's next

Blues: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNW, NHL.TV)

Canucks: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Schenn caps Blues' comeback in 4-3 OT win

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