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Canucks rally to post third straight 0

TIM CAMPBELL, 24 HOURS
St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald (bottom) delivers an open ice check to Vancouver Canucks Ryan Johnson during the first period of their NHL hockey game in St. Louis February 10, 2009.  (REUTERS)

St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald (bottom) delivers an open ice check to Vancouver Canucks Ryan Johnson during the first period of their NHL hockey game in St. Louis February 10, 2009. (REUTERS)

- Goal sweet goal

It took four shots at an empty net, but Pavol Demitra finally slid one between the posts to seal a 6-4 come-from-behind Canucks victory in St. Louis.

- Win sweet win

It was the Canucks' third straight win, hopefully putting memories of an eight-game losing streak well behind them.

- Swing and a miss

With Blues goalie Chris Mason out for the extra man in the final minute, Henrik Sedin missed the open net twice and brother Daniel missed once.

- Swede sweet Swede

Mats Sundin was man on the spot twice in the second. The big Swede was in position in front of the crease to pick up a rebound for goal No. 1, then knocked down a high puck behind the net and came out in front for goal No. 2.

- Second effort

On a second-period powerplay Sundin made a nice steal to keep the puck in the Blues zone. Moments later Kesler found the twine to tie the game at three apiece.

- Focus, focus, focus

Just when it seemed the Canucks had put in an energetic first period, they let up their concentration, giving up two goals in the last two minutes.

- Next up

The Canucks play six of their next seven on the road. They meet the Coyotes in Phoenix on Thursday at 6 p.m.


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