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Canucks rally past Blues for fourth straight win

Leivo scores only goal in shootout; St. Louis loses third in row

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Leivo tucks home SO winner

VAN@STL: Leivo dekes, scores pretty SO winner

Josh Leivo makes a great deke on Jordan Binnington, then tucks the puck home while falling to the ice to seal the Canucks' win in the shootout

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ST. LOUIS -- The Vancouver Canucks came from behind to win their fourth straight game, 4-3 in the shootout against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Thursday.

Micheal Ferland scored his first goal with the Canucks, J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat scored, and Thatcher Demko made 34 saves for Vancouver (4-2-0). Josh Leivo scored the only goal of the shootout in the sixth round.

The Canucks trailed 3-1 midway through the second period but won on the road for the first time this season (1-2-0).

"We fought back hard," Horvat said. "A lot of the guys, it just shows the character in our room right now. Last year, I don't think we had enough of those. To get our confidence going early and to come back against a great hockey team like that definitely gives us confidence going forward."

 

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Robby Fabbri, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko scored, and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the Blues (3-1-3), who lost in overtime or the shootout for the third time this season when leading by two goals. St. Louis has lost three in a row but has had at least one point in six of seven games this season.

"It's a staple of our game for years here, right, is closing out leads," said Pietrangelo, the Blues captain. "We've just got to find a way to keep playing the same way. A couple weird bounces the last couple games, not an excuse, but I think we can still do a better job of closing teams out and keeping things 5-on-5, but there's a lot of things we can build off of here, and once you start closing out games, we're going to be pushing things in the right direction."

Horvat scored right as a 5-on-3 Vancouver power play concluded to tie it 3-3 at 12:05 of the third period. It came on a scramble in front that saw St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko laying across the goal line before the puck was pushed in with bodies in the crease.

Video: VAN@STL: Horvat ties the game after scramble in front

After Ferland tied it 1-1 at 2:04 of the second period, Pietrangelo and Tarasenko scored goals 47 seconds apart for the Blues. Pietrangelo scored from the top of the left face-off circle on a 3-on-2 to make it 2-1 at 2:47, and Tarasenko made it 3-1 on a rebound at 3:34.

Miller cut it to 3-2 at 13:22 on a rebound after the Blues failed to score with a two-man advantage for 1:20. 

"I thought if we had a chance to come back, we had to kill that one off," Demko said. "It was a pretty long one, but we have some of the best penalty-killers in the League. There's a lot of confidence in that unit and (they) ended up getting the job done."

Blues coach Craig Berube said, "You always think you can do more, but we had three pretty good opportunities to score, good shots. Just didn't pick the corner."

Fabbri gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 14:25 of the first period.

Video: VAN@STL: Fabbri puts home rebound for opening goal

 

They said it

"It was good of us to come back. It's great to win a game like this. This win is different from the last one (5-1 against the Detroit Red Wings). It's really good to come back and helps our confidence for next game." -- Canucks center Elias Pettersson

"It's frustrating. It seems the teams are building momentum off their first goal. I think we have to do a good job at staying composed and getting back to our game." -- Blues goalie Jordan Binnington on St. Louis losing when leading by two goals for the third time this season 

 

Need to know

The Canucks have outscored opponents 18-8 during their winning streak. ... Miller has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past four games. ... Pettersson had an assist to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, four assists). He has eight points (two goals, six assists) in four games against St. Louis. ... Schenn's five-game goal streak ended, but he had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (eight points; five goals, three assists). ... Tarasenko has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games.

 

What's next

Canucks: At the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; FS-MW, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

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