Andy McDonald and Alex Steen scored in the shootout to give the host St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
ST. LOUIS — Jay Bouwmeester tied the score midway through the third period, and Andy McDonald and Alex Steen scored in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
Brian Elliott, who made 21 saves through regulation and overtime, stopped Derek Roy and Alexandre Burrows in the shootout, solidifying the Blues’ chances in a tight Western Conference race. Bouwmeester’s goal was his first since joining the Blues in a trade-deadline deal with Calgary.
Alexander Edler scored on a power play with 13 seconds left in the second period for Vancouver. Cory Schneider made 35 saves through overtime before giving up two goals on three shootout chances.
The Northwest Division-leading Canucks played for the third time in four nights, all on the road, and had trouble generating much offense coming off Monday’s 5-2 victory in Nashville.
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Blues coach Ken Hitchcock got his 600th career win against the franchise he beat for his first victory when the Dallas Stars won in Vancouver on Jan. 22, 1996.
Hitchcock, 61, is the 11th coach with at least 600 NHL victories.
“It’s basically because I’m old,” he said of the milestone. “If you last long and you’re old, you get this.”
The Blues were 0 for 4 on the power play, extending a tough run to 6 for 76.
Bouwmeester, a key acquisition on defense for the stretch, scored his first goal in eight games with St. Louis.
The Canucks were outshot 25-11 through two periods, but needed just one shot by Edler late in the second to take the lead and end a string of 25 straight penalty kills by St. Louis.
“It was exactly what I think everybody expected, a tough game, a hard-fought game,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said.
• St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie had surgery on his left ankle Tuesday, and he was listed as week to week. Oshie, 26, was born in Mount Vernon and grew up in Everett.
• According to multiple media reports, the league might add five outdoor-stadium games to the Winter Classic on next season’s schedule.
Detroit is scheduled to play Toronto on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor in the Winter Classic.
According to ESPN, one of the five added games would be an Ottawa at Canucks matchup at BC Place in Vancouver, perhaps March 2.
• Detroit and goaltender Jimmy Howard, 29, agreed to a $31.8 million, six-year contract, keeping him off the market as a free agent this summer.