It wasn't pretty, then it was gorgeous, then it was hideous, but in the end the Vancouver Canucks earned their third win in five games beating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.
The second of back-to-back contests began nightmarish for the Canucks as they were outshot 15-3 and were it not for the spot-on play of Cory Schneider Vancouver would have trailed by at least a goal early on. That wasn't the case as Schneider was flawless leaving the game knotted at 0-0 after 20 minutes.
Whatever was said in the first intermission worked as the Canucks exploded for three goals in the middle frame; Jannik Hansen got the ball rolling with his eighth goal of the year, Daniel Sedin followed suit netting his ninth of the campaign before Dale Weise, yes Dale Weise, scored the eventual game-winner going in with speed on Jake Allen and beating the netminder in close. Beauty.
Vancouver came undone in the third as St. Louis clawed to within a goal of tying the game, but the Canucks closed it out to end a four-game homestand on a high.
The Canucks now hit the road for a three-game trip beginning Thursday in Phoenix.
Sestito vs. Reaves trash talk battle between penalty boxes. A+.
Tweet of the Night -"@canucksgame @hosea24hours Just lost my pressbox popcorn virginity. #BetterThanSex #AmIRight" - @HeadtotheNet. No. Comment.
This and that - Zack Kassian fought Chris Stewart in the first period, but did not return to the game after the first intermission - it's unclear if he was injured during the fight or not; the Canucks were outshot 15-3 in the first period, they then outshot the Blues 14-6 in the second, only to be outshot 13-2 in the final frame. Final shots: 34-19 St. Louis.
Back-to-back - The Canucks have now completed their fifth of seven back-to-back series this season, Vancouver is 4-4-2 in back-to-back contests. The Canucks don't have to wait long to play a lot of hockey in a short amount of time with another set of two games in two days this coming weekend in Los Angeles against the Kings, then in Colorado to play the Avalanche Sunday.
Vancouver Globetrotters - With just under four minutes remaining in the third period, Vladimir Sobotka was called for boarding and the Canucks responded with minute of keep-away. Jannik Hansen did most of the damage twirling around behind the Vancouver net before passing the puck up ice, which led to a 2-on-1 and nearly a goal. Fantastic.