ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues finally got off to a strong
start at home.
The Blues scored three times in the first period Monday night
and beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1.
Mike Sillinger, who had two goals and assist for the Blues, said
this was the way things used to go all the time at the Savvis
"It's about time we come out in our own building and put a team away in the first period," Sillinger said. "We have not beat too many teams in the first period and that's the way the Blues used to play. I remember coming into this building as the opposition, and the Blues would [always] come out strong. We did that tonight. The key to the game was the start."
The Blues, who won for the fifth time at home this season, snapped a three-game skid at the Savvis Center. St. Louis still has a league-low 13 points at home (5-12-3).
"It's coming to a head here a little bit for us," said Doug Weight, who had a goal and two assists for the Blues. "We're starting to get a little confident with the puck and play a little better game. We've been on the short end of some games, but we've played better."
Vancouver has been struggling both at home and on the road lately, losing for the seventh time in their last eight games.
"I think we were flat, and it's happened way too many times for us this year," Naslund said. "For some reason, we've come and given teams chances to get the lead on us. It's difficult once you're down a couple of goals to get back and obviously, it gives them confidence and boost, too."
Coming into the game, the Blues had been outscored 42-28 in the
first period this season. However, St. Louis jumped to a 3-1 lead
in the first 20 minutes and never looked back.
Weight got the Blues going 7:40 into the game with a power-play
goal when he deflected Dennis Wideman's slap shot from the left
point past Auld. Weight has 33 points -- 18 on the power play.
Carter tied the score 4:53 later with a power-play goal of his own when he knocked in the rebound of a shot by Daniel Sedin.
Weight helped give the Blues the lead for good when he broke in on the right side and dropped a passed to Young between the circles. Young then beat Auld with a wrist shot at 16:18 to make it 2-1.
Just 2:10 later, Sillinger gave the Blues a two-goal advantage
with a similar tally. This time, Dallas Drake came up the right
side, passed across the ice to Petr Cajanek and Cajanek dropped it
in the slot to Sillinger, who scored on a wrist shot.
Auld, who gave up three goals on 10 shots in the first period,
stopped all 15 shots he faced over the next two periods. However,
the Canucks could not put anything past Sanford, who made 19 saves
over the final two periods -- including 12 in the third period.
Sanford was happy to be back in action. When Patrick Lalime was
placed on waivers, Sanford was given the starting job. Then he went
down with an injury.
"I was really looking for that opportunity to play a lot more
games," Sanford said. "That's the first thing that went through
my mind when I was injured. I was hoping that chance didn't go down
Sillinger added an empty-netter with 1:39 remaining.
Vancouver's Trevor Linden played in his 1,200th career
game. ... Sanford, who played in relief Saturday against Anaheim,
made his first start since returning from a hip flexor injury. ...
The Blues improved to 9-19-4 against the Western Conference.
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Arena: Scottrade Center Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Mike Hasenfratz Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 14,230 (74.3% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Doug Weight (9)
(Power Play) Assists: Dennis Wideman, Mike Sillinger
Anson Carter (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
Scott Young (8)
Assists: Doug Weight, Barret Jackman
Mike Sillinger (13)
Assists: Petr Cajanek, Dallas Drake
No scoring this period
Mike Sillinger (14)
(Empty Net) Assists: Doug Weight, Dallas Drake