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Canucks stay on top of NHL after beating Blues

Mar 2, 2012, 2:18 AM EST

The St. Louis Blues are fighting to solidify themselves as one of the West – and NHL’s – top teams, but the Vancouver Canucks might be able to argue that they’re the flat-out best. The Blues out-shot the Canucks 13-8 in the first period and gave Vancouver a tough fight but Roberto Luongo (29 saves) & Co. beat St. Louis at its own game 2-0.

It would be exhausting for the Canucks to fight their way back to the Stanley Cup finals once again, but after another gutty win and some solid trade deadline boosts, do you think they have it in them?

  1. danphipps01 - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Vancouver and Boston remain two of the likeliest candidates to make the Finals, although in light of Boston’s recent slide in offensive performance and Tim Thomas’ apparent loss of his aura of invincibility, the Rangers appear like they could represent perhaps a likelier candidate at this point. Detroit and St. Louis seem to complete the picture for me. Nashville’s not quite believeable for me, though they’re damn close, and likewise with Pittsburgh. Flyers fans, get a real goalie and you’ll be favourites overnight, but until that happens… long shot.

  2. runsonice - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    It would be exhausting FOR ME if the the Canucks fight their way back to the Stanley Cup finals once again. Last year damn near killed me.

  3. ruddigervancity - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Good lord what an awful game to watch. Hitchcock and the other “dead puck era” throwback coaches and GM’s are taking the NHL back in time and are being enabled by shoddy officiating.

  4. hsnepts - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Yeah. I watched some of that game on fast forward. In a battle for top spot in the best hockey league in the world, that’s kinda damning. Not good enough.

    I like competitive and physical hockey, but I like skilled hockey too. When the best teams from the best league meet, we should be seeing both.

    Not ragging on St Louis – they were playing a tough road game on a back-to-back, and they were playing to win. I just think the league needs to re-commit to limiting interference.

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