The Vancouver Canucks closed out their four game home stand with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday evening at Rogers Arena. After four straight starts Roberto Luongo was replaced in net by Cory Schneider.
After a stuttering performance the night before Vancouver were again under pressure early against St Louis and if not for the brilliant goal tending from Cory Schneider would have been behind. The Canucks net minder came up big on several occasions as the Canucks were out shot 15-3 in the first period.
After a quiet first period Vancouver came out all guns blazing in the second scoring three in nine minutes. The first came 2:30 into the period with Mason Raymond making a wonderful pass to the on rushing Jannik Hansen who wristed a bullet past Jake Allen in the Blues net. That was the start of the best period of hockey Vancouver has played in days. Daniel Sedin added his name to the score sheet for the first time in eight games after brilliant lead up play by brother Henrik. Vancouver rounded out their scoring in the second with wonderful goal crafted off the stick of Jordan Schroeder. Schroeder with a spin-o-rama no look pass to Dale Weise who finished with a delightful backhand through the legs of Allen.
Vancouver started the third in total control but conceded a goal just 5:46 into the period. On a shot going well wide from Vladimir Tarasenko, team mate Jaden Schwartz go in the path of the puck and deflected it into the net past a helpless Schneider. St Louis pulled within one after another lucky deflection this time off defenceman Chris Tanev fell to a Blue who poked it home. The Canucks held firm to end their two game skid and move into 6th in the Western Conference standings.