Canucks can't beat the Blues

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

If the St. Louis Blues could play the Vancouver Canucks every day, maybe the teams would switch spots in the standings.

The western conference's worst team beat fifth-place Vancouver for the fourth and final time of the regular season 4-1 at General Motors Place last night.

St. Louis scored four times in wins over the Canucks on Jan. 2 (4-1), Jan. 23 (4-0) and Feb. 8 (4-2).

Blues built a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Scott Young and Barret Jackman. Christian Backman made it 3-0 on a slap shot at 8:49 of the second.

Canuck Anson Carter spoiled Blues' netminder Curtis Sanford's shutout with 3:19 left in the second when he tipped in a shot by Daniel Sedin. Henrik Sedin also assisted.

Lee Stempniak made it 4-1 in the third with assists from Keith Tkachuk and Jay McClement. Canucks were a man short because of Richard Park's five-minute major penalty for checking from behind. Park was also given a game misconduct.

Next home game is Thursday against the Nashville Predators.


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