Blues 4, Canucks 0
Winning is: Good
Sanford with a shoutout: Awesome
2-0 with the Canucks: Priceless!
At least the St. Louis Blues have somebody’s number.
Curtis Sanford stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and Mike Sillinger scored for the fifth straight game, helping the Blues end a nine-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Vladimir Orsagh, Christian Backman and Petr Cajanek also scored for the Blues, whose last victory also came over the Canucks on Jan. 2. The slump was two games shy of a franchise-record 11-game losing streak earlier this season.
The Canucks bring out the best in the Blues, who haven’t forgotten they got eliminated by Vancouver in the first round of the playoffs three years ago. Checks from bruising Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi have led to shoulder injuries to Barret Jackman and the now-retired Al MacInnis, and Jackman tried to goad Bertuzzi into a fight a handful of times.
“We’re just fired up to play them,” Jackman said. “We’ve got a little bit of a vendetta against them, and it shows.
“Everybody comes out to play and it’s good to see.”