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Blues down Canucks in shootout, 4-3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Blues rookie goaltender Jake
Allen is off to a hot start to his NHL career and has no plans
to look back.

The 22-year-old made 28 saves on Sunday to improve to 3-0-0,
stoning Alex Burrows on an overtime breakaway and stopping both
Vancouver shootout attempts to lead St. Louis over the Canucks

"I don't think many people would really think you're going to
win three straight to start your career," Allen said. "But
luckily for me I have. The guys have all been really helpful and
I just have to focus on tomorrow now."

Burrows' OT attempt came with 30 seconds remaining, but Allen
shot out his glove to foil the backhand.

"I didn't really know it was his patented move, but luckily I
got over there and made the save," Allen said. "He had a lot of
speed built up and he had a D man on his tail. I really didn't
think he was going to shoot it. I just tried to wait and see
which side he was going to go to."

T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald each scored once in regulation and
once in the shootout as the Blues went 3-0 on their road swing.
Patrik Berglund had the other regulation goal for St. Louis.

Oshie's shootout goal froze Roberto Luongo, who stood motionless
as Oshie skated in slowly and then whipped a shot between the
goalie's legs.

"The first one kind of looked silly," Luongo said. "Sometimes
you are caught trying to play the patience game. Good play (by
Oshie) but at same time you want to make that save."

Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin got their first goals of the season
and Mason Raymond also scored in regulation for Vancouver, which
has lost two straight after winning six in a row.

The Canucks looked destined to lose in regulation after the
Blues took a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but Raymond
tied the game on a power play with 1:47 remaining.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has been impressed with Raymond
this season after the speedy forward struggled last year.

"He's going to the tough areas where you need to go to score
goals," Vigneault said. "He's competing one on one, and he
creates room for himself and his teammates. That was an
important goal for us tonight because we had a real solid third
period and we were behind."

The Canucks dominated the third frame, outshooting the Blues

But it was Berglund, with his team-leading eighth goal of the
season, who gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at the eight minute mark
of the third.

St. Louis center Vladimir Sobotka wheeled around Vancouver's
goal and into the slot and whipped a shortside wrist shot that
Berglund deflected in.

The Canucks had a golden opportunity to tie the game with a
41-second two-man advantage after Roman Polak and Alex
Pietrangelo were penalized for questionable hits on Kesler.
Polak had a head shot on Kesler, while Pietrangelo's came from

The Blues held off that power-play attempt, but couldn't stave
off Raymond on the next one.

"The last 10 minutes of the first and all of the second we
played great, and then they got the momentum off those power
plays, we started to get a little worn down killing penalties,"
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "But it was a heck of a road

With Allen in the fold and Jaroslav Halak returning to the ice -
he backed up Allen after missing the past two weeks with a groin
injury - St. Louis's goaltending situation is looking brighter
after Brian Elliott struggled between the pipes, prompting
Allen's emergence.

Elliott, who led the league in save percentage last season, was
a healthy scratch on Sunday.

"(Allen) has really helped stabilize us," said Hitchcock. "He's
just a solid guy, there's no holes in his game. It's a big step
for us."

Luongo made the start for Vancouver after Cory Schneider had an
off night against Dallas on Friday, allowing four goals. Luongo,
who has not lost in regulation this season, made 20 saves.

He wasn't happy with the first two goals he allowed, although
both were rebounds.

The teams were tied 2-2 after two periods, but it was the Blues
who held a wide edge in play.

The Blues hemmed the Canucks in their own end for large
stretches and dominated the battles along the boards. Vancouver
mustered just 11 shots through two periods.

"The second period, everybody has to realize that there's an
opposition on the ice and they just took their game to a level
that we had a real tough time finding," Vigneault said. "But we
responded well in the third and had opportunities to win the

The Blues were rewarded for their tenacity early in the middle
frame, when McDonald notched his third of the season after
Vladimir Tarasenko hit the post.

The Canucks led 2-1 after a slow-paced first period.

Kesler opened the scoring on a Canucks power play with his first
of the season. He has a goal and an assist in two games after
missing 10 months with shoulder and wrist injuries. When his
name was announced for the goal, Kesler drew extended applause
from the crowd.

Oshie and Henrik Sedin also tallied in the first period.

NOTES: Blues defenseman Barret Jackman tied Al MacInnis for
seventh on the franchise's all-time games played list with 613.
... Defenseman Alex Edler played his 400th NHL game, all with
the Canucks. ... Alexander Steen had his four-game goal-scoring
streak and five-game points streak (4-5-9) snapped.

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