ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thanks in large part to center Ryan Kesler, the Vancouver Canucks' longest road trip of the season proved to be very successful.
Kesler scored his second goal of the game at 4:45 of overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. The Canucks went 5-1-1 on their seven-game trip.
"Day by day, it's a really good trip," Vancouver coach John Tortorella said. "Throughout the trip, we won in different ways.
"We kept our composure. We handled ourselves and stayed within ourselves. We know how long this trip has been."
The Blues agreed with Tortorella's assessment.
"They were playing their game, and they were right into it," Blues forward David Backes said. "It took a while for us to wake up. It's not acceptable. We needed two points."
The Canucks let a two-goal advantage slip away but managed to get to overtime. When it looked as though the game was headed for a shootout, Vancouver took advantage of a mistake.
With 33.6 seconds left in the extra session, Patrik Berglund was sent off for hooking Canucks forward Daniel Sedin.
Vancouver controlled the ensuing faceoff and scored on the 4-on-3 advantage when Kesler got the puck down low in the slot and swatted it past goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Kesler has seven goals on the young season, but he isn't satisfied.
"I can always improve," Kesler said. "I'm going to keep riding it. This trip has helped me a lot."
Backup goalie Eddie Lack made 22 saves in the win. Chris Higgins had Vancouver's other goal, and Mike Santorelli added two assists.
Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, and Vladimir Sobotka also scored.
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