ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Vancouver Canucks had nothing to show for the first two
periods. Then they got going.
Magnus Arvedson scored two goals for the second straight game and the
Canucks extended their winning streak to four Thursday night with a 4-2 victory
over the slumping St. Louis Blues.
``I think it was a case where we had a great third period and they wore
out,'' Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. ``That happens in the league and
you've got to be prepared for it.''
Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists for Vancouver. Arvedson and Markus
Naslund sparked the Canucks' four-goal third period, scoring in a span of 1:42
to end Chris Osgood's shutout bid and put Vancouver ahead.
Arvedson scored his eighth goal of the season, and fourth in three games
since returning from a six-game absence due to a herniated disc, for a two-goal
gap midway through the third. He's not sure where the offense is coming from.
``I don't know, don't ask me,'' Arvedson said. ``It feels good, I can't lie
about that. Not only the goal scoring but I feel real comfortable with the
Mark Rycroft and Keith Tkachuk scored for the Blues, who are 0-4-1 in their
last five games and 5-11-5 in their last 21. They've totaled 10 goals in their
last seven games, and lost when leading after two periods for only the second
time all season, falling to 19-2-2.
``We're at the bottom of the barrel right now,'' forward Dallas Drake said.
``We're looking for any answer we can get.''
Osgood is 1-9-4 with two no-decisions since Dec. 18.
Sedin scored on a breakaway to finish off the Canucks' big third period,
which erased a 1-0 deficit, and assisted on both of Arvedson's goals.
Rycroft gave the Blues the lead at 9:58 of the second period with his
seventh goal _ and first point in seven games.
``That was nice,'' Rycroft said. ``It was a good start, anyway.''
Arvedson tied it at 2:11 of the third on the receiving end of two long
passes, the first from Brian Allen near the Vancouver goal and the next tapped
ahead by Sedin at center ice.
The Canucks had been 0-for-6 on the power play, including 1:50 of a two-man
advantage early in the first period, before Naslund broke the tie. He scored
his 28th goal on a one-timer from the right side of the net off a feed from
Arvedson made it 3-1 at 10:52 with a shot from the right side that deflected
off the shin pads of defenseman Chris Pronger and scooted between Osgood's
pads. Tkachuk cut the gap to one at 12:16 off a setup from behind the net by
Drake, but Sedin broke free and answered for the Canucks at 16:52.
``They just threw the puck out in front and I was right there,'' Sedin said.
``I wasn't that fast, but I was fast enough.''