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Blues battle back to stun Canucks on road

THE lowly St. Louis Blues scored two goals in the final two minutes to snatch a 6-4 victory on the road at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

Brad Boyes came through with a go-ahead goal on a power play with 2:10 remaining and Brandon Crombeen followed with the topper 21 seconds later to give St. Louis its first consecutive wins since early last month.

"I think the bottom line is, we were deserving tonight," Blues coach Andy Murray said.

"We played better than Vancouver tonight. At the end, our goal was to try and quiet the building, and it was nice to see people leaving with about 30 seconds left."

The Blues got scores from six different players to win a nip and tuck affair and improve to 16-21-3 - still the worst record in the Western Conference. Willie Mitchell recorded two goals and one assist for the Canucks (22-16-5), who have now lost three of their last four.

Daniel Sedin recorded his 20th goal of the season for Vancouver to tie the game at 4-4 before the Blues surged to victory.

The contest marked the first home game for 37-year-old Mats Sundin who signed a one-year deal last month. Sundin was playing in just his second game with the team.

Jason LaBarbera recorded 30 saves in the loss for the Canucks, who remain in second place in the Northwest Division. Jannik Hansen scored first for the Canucks before David Backes tied the contest.

Mitchell put Vancouver back on top just before the end of the first and St. Louis used goals by Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen to take a 3-2 advantage. Mitchell and the Blues T.J. Oshie traded goals as St. Louis led 4-3 with 5:43 left.

"We could have folded our tent, being in Vancouver and knowing how talented they are," said St. Louis goalie Manny Legace, who finished with 18 saves. "But we came right back out on the power play and Boyes gets a huge goal."

In Edmonton, Alberta, the San Jose Sharks reached the 30-win mark in just their 40th game of the NHL season with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Patrick Marleau had two goals and Devin Setoguchi added a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who regained the overall NHL lead from Boston.

In Washington, the home team's winning streak was ended at seven by Columbus, which won 3-0.

In Buffalo, New York, Buffalo notched a fourth successive victory by edging New York 2-1.

In Anaheim, California, Ryan Malone scored his second goal of the game in the third period to put Tampa Bay ahead for good in their 4-3 victory over Anaheim.


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