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Schwartz, Blues recover to top Canucks in OT

Scores at 3:28 on 3-on-0 for St. Louis, which has won five straight; Binnington makes 33 saves

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Schwartz nets overtime winner

STL@VAN: Schwartz finishes 3-on-0 for overtime winner

Jaden Schwartz finishes a pretty passing play with Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn for the game-winning goal in overtime

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VANCOUVER -- Jaden Schwartz scored on a 3-on-0 with 1:32 left in overtime, and the St. Louis Blues won their fifth straight game with a 2-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

After Tyler Myers' shot off the rush went wide of the St. Louis net, he collided with J.T. Miller below the goal line to spring Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn, who skated in alone and completed a tic-tac-toe passing sequence in front of goalie Jacob Markstrom.

"You don't really get a lot of 3-on-0 practices," Schwartz said. "You just don't want to miss when you have that much time. It was kind of crazy how it worked out. I just got it off. I knew the goalie didn't know what to do because there was so many of us, and they both made a good play of selling it a little bit, and then I was just in the right place at the right time."

 

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Jordan Binnington made 33 saves, and Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues (10-3-3), who have won three straight games in overtime and are 7-1-0 in their past eight games. Jay Bouwmeester played his 1,200th NHL game. 

Video: STL@VAN: Binnington makes huge save in overtime

"It's fun, obviously," Bozak said. "It's exciting when you win in overtime. Last year kind of helped us in moments like that to not panic and just stick with it and try and play our game and that's what we've done and luckily been on the winning end of them.

"To hold those guys to one is pretty good (Vancouver scored at least five goals in five of its previous six games). They got a lot of firepower. That starts with [Binnington], and our D always does a good job of limiting chances."

Markstrom made 25 saves, and Quinn Hughes scored late in the third period for the Canucks (9-3-3), who extended their point streak to eight games (5-0-3).

"That was a big-boy game," Vancouver coach Travis Green said. "That's a heavy team. They know how to win. If you want to win a Stanley Cup, you've got to play in some heavy games. That game was probably the most physical game we've been in this season. Our team handled it very well."

Bozak put the Blues ahead 1-0 at 3:37 of the second period with his first goal of the season. Following a turnover along the boards by Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn, Bozak skated to the slot and took a pass from Sammy Blais before beating Markstrom with a wrist shot over the goalie's shoulder.

"We had a lot of offensive-zone time, just cycling, and I was able to get open in the slot and [Alexander] Steen and Sammy made a great play to get me the puck," Bozak said. "It was nice to finally get one this year, a little relief."

Hughes, who returned to the lineup after missing one game because of a bruised knee, tied the game 1-1 at 16:25 of the third with a shot from the left point that made it through a screen by Elias Pettersson.

"We're a motivated group. We wanted two points," Hughes said. "We pushed them pretty hard. They are a really good team. For us, it's encouraging. We just need to keep going."

Binnington stopped Pettersson on a breakaway at 2:17 of the first period, Miller alone in front of the net at 11:35 of the first, and got his pad down to deny Brandon Sutter on a shorthanded breakaway at 10:45 of the third.

"We're used to that now every game we play," Bozak said. "It's almost funny, we kind of expect that from him just because we've seen it so much, but he just keeps on amazing us every single game, holding down the fort and giving us a chance to win." 

Video: STL@VAN: Bozak lifts feed from Blais past Markstrom

 

They said it

"They are a hard team to play against. They put you on your heels a little bit with their speed and their attack, and the defense is very involved. [Quinn] Hughes is a dynamic player, creates a lot of stuff in the offensive zone." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

"We just kept playing the way we started the game. Sometimes, it can be frustrating when you're playing well and doing the right things and you don't get rewarded. We didn't stop doing what we have been successful doing." -- Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom

Video: Jaden Schwartz nets the EA Sports OT Game Winnner

 

Need to know

It is the second time St. Louis has won three consecutive overtime games in its history. The Blues also did it from March 17-21, 2018. … Hughes has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past seven games. … Binnington is 6-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his past seven starts.

 

What's next

Blues: At the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Canucks: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, SNP, NHL.TV)

Video: Schwartz, Binnington lift Blues to 2-1 overtime win

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