(HockeyStL) -- The only thing the St. Louis Blues didn’t do in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks was score a goal.
The Blues poured 15 shots on net, but Cory Schneider, who saw his first action since March 10, pushed each one aside.
Alex Pietrangelo and Andy McDonald, who had four shots in the period, each gave St. Louis a quality chance to take a first period lead, but a flashy glove and timely pad save put Schneider on the top plays list instead.
The Canucks only had three shots on goal in the opening frame which wasn’t the start the team was looking for after dropping its last two games and falling out of the top spot in the Pacific Division.
The Blues top-ranked power play also failed to capitalize on two attempts in the period.
The second period went the complete opposite direction for both teams. The Canucks dominated the Blues and took control of the game after scoring three goals on 14 shots taken in the period.
Jannik Hansen had a wicked slap shot taken 2:30 into the second period which sailed over the right shoulder of Jake Allen for the game’s first goal.
Less than two minutes later, Daniel Sedin scored on a beautiful pass from his twin brother Henrik (I know, I know -- frustrating) and Dan Hamhuis.
A defensive breakdown allowed the Canucks’ third goal after Dale Weise was somehow able to get behind three Blues defenders for a backhanded goal past Allen.
The Canucks also outshot the Blues 1-0 on their only power play of the period. The frustrating period ended with Vancouver piling on 14 shots and holding St. Louis to just three in the second period.
Three goals allowed on 17 shots would appear that Allen had a rough game, but it really was a struggling defense in front of him that left him out to dry at times.
Also worth noting, McDonald has played 11:43 through the first two periods in his first game back since suffering a knee injury at practice on February 26. He had one shot in the second period.
Once again, the momentum shifted after the intermission. This time back in favor of the Blues.
The Blues had their first golden opportunity since the first period to score a goal when Patrik Berglund shot one off the post. It was a bad break for the Blues, who dominated the early portion of the period, but would get rewarded a few minutes later.
Vladimir Tarasenko shot a one-timer off a pass from Wade Redden and deflected off Jaden Schwartz for the first goal of the game for St. Louis. The Blues trailed 3-1 after the goal.
The incredible pressure continued for the Blues for more than the next eight minutes before Berglund scored his 14th goal of the season to make it a 3-2 Vancouver lead. Russell and David Perron received assists on the goal.
At the time of the second goal, the Blues outshot the Canucks 11-2 in the third period.
Vladimir Sobotka was called for a boarding penalty with 3:06 left in the third period which killed any momentum for St. Louis.
The third period resurgence, which saw St. Louis outshoot Vancouver 13-2, came too late for the Blues as they fell 3-2 to the Canucks.