As the Vancouver Canucks try to gain footing heading towards the meat of the NHL season, they have something strong to build on. For the second time they have defeated the first place St. Louis Blues. This win couldn’t have come at a better time for the Canucks as it ended a 5-game winless streak. The Blues meanwhile saw their league-best 7-game winning streak snapped. It appears that the Canucks might just have the number of the Blues after this win.
Eddie Lack got the start in net and was extremely good all game long; especially down the stretch. The defense had to be strong for the Canucks however because they were out-shot 31 – 22. The game got stronger for the Canucks as it went along and they showed they have the ability to beat the best of the best this season. They are sitting at 57 points with the Blues at 67 by comparison.
They suffered a heart-breaking loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins one game ago. It appears that the Canucks have plenty of ability to take on the big guns. That could come in very handy during the playoffs if their defense can keep as strong as it was in this one. Solid defense and an opportunistic offense did it this time around for the Canucks and there is no reason to believe they shouldn’t be able to turn things around. The 5-game winless streak is over and don’t be surprised if a winning streak follows.