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Canucks snap seven-game skid, blank Blues

Feb 27, 2014, 1:22 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks won for the first time since Jan. 26 and became the first team to shut out the St. Louis Blues this season with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

That month-long victory drought is a little misleading thanks to the Olympics, but the Canucks are surely glad to end their losing streak at seven games.

The Canucks earned that victory, too, as they out-shot the Blues in every period (35-20 overall) while Eddie Lack ending his own five-game skid by grabbing his third shutout of his rookie season. Jannik Hansen scored the game’s only goal 11:13 into the third period.

Lack called it a “big relief” and Henrik Sedin seemed to agree.

While the Canucks stumbled into Sochi, the Blues actually looked pretty strong, winning six of eight games before Wednesday’s loss. Head coach Ken Hitchcock likely isn’t thrilled with the work of many aside from Jaroslav Halak, who made at least some case for remaining the Blues’ go-to guy in net by stopping 34 out of 35 shots in defeat.

As of this writing, the Canucks are in the West’s top eight, although that lead might be misleading as Vancouver has 65 points with 21 games remaining while both the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes sit at 64 points with 24 games left.

Considering the slump Vancouver was on when the NHL’s season was put on pause, that feeling of relief likely overrides the dread of such threats. At least for tonight.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Canucks actually swept the season series with the Blues, however they got swept themselves by the sharks, who got swept by the Blues.

    I made that last part up… :-P . sounds good though…!

    in all seriousness, Canucks have a mountain to climb to get back into it. the good thing is that the teams around them all have to play each other and that means those teams will lose some games for sure.

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