Hughes, who returned to the lineup after missing one game because of a bruised knee, tied the game 1-1 at 16:25 of the third with a shot from the left point that made it through a screen by Elias Pettersson. They know how to win. Vancouver had just stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to gain a 3-2 lead on October 22, but with 6:12 left in the third period, the Red Wings weren't going to just roll over in their own barn and let the Canucks have their way.
Schwartz finished off a tic-tac-toe play alongside Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn as the Blues won their third straight game in overtime and the fourth time in five games. Minnesota scored twice in the second period and grabbed a 3-2 advantage through 40 minutes. Sammy Blais evened it at 3-3 at the 13:55 mark of the third period on assists courtesy of Tyler Bozak and Justin Faulk. That game was probably the most physical game we've been in this season.
"Sometimes it can be frustrating when you're playing well and you're doing the right things and you don't get rewarded", said Markstrom.
But like most true champions, St. Louis has found a way to turn things around, and has won four straight and six of their last seven, with the only loss being a 3-0 reverse to Boston in a Stanley Cup final rematch last month.
Canucks: 7-1-2, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.9 assists, 4.6 penalties and 10.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a.923 save percentage.
And with five of their next seven games on home ice, the Canucks, now second in the Pacific Division, will be looking to further cement their claim as a legitimate playoff team. There were some big hits thrown by each team and end-to-end rushes. "That's a heavy team". I don't think we panic. "I thought our team handled it very well".
Vancouver had a chance to tie it earlier in the third when David Perron was called for cross-checking defenseman Chris Tanev at 5:44. Vancouver managed just one shot on the power play and finished the night 0 for 4 on the power play, with just six shots.
Two of the Western Conference's hottest teams will square off Tuesday night when the Vancouver Canucks host the St. Louis Blues. The Wild took a lead two-plus minutes into the first period, but the Blues (9-3-3) evened it up a couple minutes later on a Mackenzie MacEachern goal assisted by Ivan Barbashev and Colton Parayko. With nine minutes left to play, Brandon Sutter broke in alone on Binnington shorthanded but failed to beat him. Early on Pettersson turned a Brock Boeser pass into a breakaway but was stopped by Binnington.
Pettersson had another chance in the second.
Blues head coach Craig Berube praised his goaltender.
"They are a good hockey team".
Binnington came up big several times during the game. It's getting us off our high horse a bit when we're a little bit too confident and bringing us down to earth a bit. "It was a good game all around".
The Blues come into play Tuesday with six victories in their last seven games, with half of those wins coming in overtime. The Edmonton Oilers lead the division with 22 points.
Canucks: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.