VANCOUVER, B.C. – Mike Santorelli scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and rookie Eddie Lack made 30 saves Friday night as the Vancouver Canucks snapped a five-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Zac Dalpe also scored for Vancouver, which was 0-2-3 in its previous five games.
Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis, which had a seven-game winning streak halted. Brian Elliott made 20 saves for the Blues.
“It’s not textbook, but we tried to play aggressive and we found a way to win,” Canucks coach John Tortorella told The Vancouver Sun. “In the situation we’re in, it’s a big win for us.”
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Santorelli got the tiebreaker at 5:56 of the third. Jason Garrison’s shot through traffic was deflected in by Santorelli for his 10th goal.
Although Santorelli has been one of Tortorella’s favorite players this season, he was taken off the top line — featuring the Sedin twins — in the first period.
Vancouver has given up six goals when teams pull their goalie this season, but a late power play that killed time helped the Canucks protect their lead.
St. Louis outshot Vancouver 12-5 in the first period.
“It stops the bleeding for a day or two,” Tortorella was quoted as saying by the Sun of the comeback victory. “I thought, after a really tentative first period, we started playing better.”
The Canucks scored 91 seconds into the second period when Dalpe tipped home his second goal of the season shortly after taking Santorelli’s spot on Vancouver’s first line.
Daniel Sedin swung a pass from behind the net to Henrik Sedin, who fired a low shot from the sideboards that was going wide before Dalpe, usually a fourth-liner, deflected the puck past a surprised Elliott.
Of being promoted by Tortorella, a joking Dalpe said, “I wanted to check to see if he was serious.”