Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward) By Jonathan Hayward
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Manny Malhotra scored the go-ahead goal 1:05 into the third period and the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Thursday night.
Mikael Samuelsson and Sami Salo put Vancouver ahead 2-0 in the first period, but Alex Pietrangelo, on the power play, and David Backes scored 74 seconds apart in the second.
The Blues dominated the middle period, outshooting the Canucks 11-4, but a lost battle behind their net early in the third proved costly.
After a good forecheck by Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen, the puck squirted out front with Malhotra, who was alone to sweep it past Ty Conklin on the far side.
It was the second goal and sixth point in seven games for Malhotra, a third line center who went 22 games without a goal and 19 without a point before that.
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