Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues: Their First Game and Their Last

The St. Louis Blues visit Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks on Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday night, and instead of previewing it, we are going to look back at two nights in history: The first time these teams played, (October 12th, 1970) and the last time (March 23rd, 2017).

Game 1:

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ST. LOUIS 4 – VANCOUVER 1
(2-0-0) – (1-2-0)
October 12th – 1970
St. Louis Arena

BOXSCORE:

1st Period:

12:54 (PPG)
STL – RED BERENSON (2) – Christian Bordeleau (1), Larry Keenan (1)
1-0

2nd Period:

NO GOALS

3rd Period:

0:59
VAN – ORLAND KURTENBACH (2) – Wayne Maki (1), Murray Hall (2)
1-1

6:49
STL – GARY SABOURIN (1) – Ab McDonald (1), Christian Bordeleau (2)
2-1

16:37
STL – GARY SABOURIN (2) – Christian Bordeleau (3), Ab McDonald (2)
3-1

18:50
STL – BOB WALL (1) – Terry Crisp (1), Bob Plager (1)
4-1

SHOTS:
STL – 40
VAN – 27

PENALTY MINUTES:
STL – 17
VAN – 27

GOALTENDERS:
STL – Ernie Wakely – 26/27
VAN – Dunc Wilson – 36/40

 

The Vancouver Canucks were fresh off of their 1st win in Franchise history, a 5-3 win at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The St. Louis Blues, still relatively new to the league themselves, brought the Canucks back down to earth thanks to a three-assist game from Christian Bordeleau and a strong goaltending effort. These two teams would play 11 days later to a 1-1 tie.

 

Game 187:

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ST. LOUIS 4 – VANCOUVER 1
(40-28-5) – (29-35-9)
March 23rd – 2017
Scottrade Center

BOXSCORE:

1st Period:

13:38
VAN – HENRIK SEDIN (15) – Alexander Edler (15), Troy Stecher (20)
0-1

17:32
STL – MAGNUS PAAJARVI (7) – Ivan Barbashev (4), Nail Yakupov (4)
1-1

2nd Period:

17:13
STL – KYLE BRODZIAK (8) – Alex Pietrangelo (29)
2-1

3rd Period:

9:41
STL – MAGNUS PAAJARVI (8) – Patrik Berglund (10), Carl Gunnarsson (6)
3-1

17:25
STL – ALEX PIETRANGELO (11) – Jaden Schwartz (31), Vladimir Tarasenko (31) – EN
4-1

SHOTS:
STL – 34
VAN – 28

PENALTY MINUTES:
STL – 13
VAN – 11

GOALTENDERS:
STL – Jake Allen – 27/28
VAN – Ryan Miller – 30/33

In their last game, the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in Overtime, which ended a 6 game losing streak. There was a sense of relief in the city, and perhaps the team would respond with more spirited play and give the fans something to cheer about. This was their next game after the win, losing a game where Joseph Labate played and fought. What a waste. The team would end up winning their next game against Minnesota and losing their next 8 to end the season.

 

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