St. Louis singing the Blues

Terry Jones, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

St. LOUIS – The Vancouver Canucks, had never swept a seven-game series in their 38-year history.

So excuse them for having to come back for all but 18.8 second of an overtime period to do it the hard way.

And excuse Alex Burrows, who has been having so much success playing with Daniel and Henrik Sedin for thinking he's Alex Sedin and scoring his second goal of the night on a shot off right wing which leaked in past Chris Mason to end it and allow the Canucks to become the first team to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I was just thinking 'Put it on the net! Put it on the net!,” said Burrows who now has three goals for the playoffs.

“We always do this drill at practice where you throw the puck at the net. Just take the shot for the rebound. I was just trying to create a scramble.”

The Canucks led St. Louis 2-0 midway through Game 4 of their Stanley Cup quarter-final series only to watch the Blues battle back to tie it 2-2 by the end of the second period.

With the crowd of 19,250 re-energized and standing for much of the third period, the two teams gave the fans here, who hadn't watched Stanley Cup action since 2004, a period of playoff hockey to remember with a trip back to Vancouver for a Game 5 Friday hanging in the balance.

Vancouver has only twice gone past the second round of the playoffs and haven't done so since 1994 – the same year St. Louis was last swept in a four game series.

The Canucks jumped on the Blues early in their attempt to seal the deal.

A pair of former Toronto Maple Leafs combined to score the first goal of the game five minutes in when Blues' Carlo Colaiacovo turned the puck over to Kyle Welwood who went alone and had time to dress it up with a couple of creative moves before depositing it behind Chris Mason.

After killing a fourth penalty of the game, to make the St. Louis power play 1-for-21 to that point, Alex Burrows who had been the most recent player in the penalty box, end up tipping in a shot by Shane O'Brien midway through the second period to make it 2-0.

Three minutes later, 37-year-old Keith Tkachuk, looking at elimination in the first round for the 11th time in 13 trips to the post season, set up Brad Boyes to put the crowd back in it.

Three minutes prior to the end of the period David Perron managed to get his stick on a loose puck in the crease and put the Blues back in it.

“They had a huge push there,” said coach Alain Vigneault.

“We had the game pretty much in control when we made one mistake and then lost our composure for a while there.

"But their push was one of the best things I've seen all year.”

While there was no scoring, there were several excellent chances at either end as the two teams ended regulation with the Blues having outshot the Canucks 31-27, perhaps the best of the bunch was a glove save by Roberto Luongo on Andy McDonald, the bluest of the Blues who has hit a plethora of posts and had all sorts of great chances during the series.

Alex Burrow missed a side-of-the-net set-up to open overtime and Jannik Hansen hit the post in the second minute of OT for the Canucks.

Vancouver was forced to kill a Daniel Sedin hooking penalty and then spend four minutes shorthanded when Ryan Kessler's high stick cut Mike Weaver. The kill left St. Louis 1-for-24 on the power play for the series.

A penalty the other way to Colaiacovo for roughing put the Canucks on the power play but they failed to end it with the man advantage either. The shots were 49-36 after Burrows pulled the trigger to win it.

ICE CHIPS – It was not a big surprise, despite the fact Mats Sundin participated in the morning skate, that the Canucks didn't dress him last night. But it was a surprise when defenceman Sami Salo was also scratched with a lower body injury.


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