J.T. Miller scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks extended their home-ice unbeaten streak with a 3-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Blues on Monday.
The Canucks are 9-0-0 in their past nine home games, tying the fourth-longest home winning streak in franchise history. The streak has powered the Canucks to a 12-3-0 record in their past 15 games, and their rise to first place in the Pacific Division.
St. Louis drops to 0-2-1 in its past three games. The Blues suffered their first regulation loss of the season (21-1-6) after scoring first in the game.
Though the Blues outshot Vancouver by a 27-16 margin over the final two periods, goalie Thatcher Demko stood strong, making 36 saves to earn his 10th win of the season.
The biggest of Demko's 36 stops came with less than seven minutes left in the third period. Demko made a spectacular pad save on Jaden Schwartz to prevent a goal.
Jake Virtanen and Christopher Tanev each had two assists for the Canucks.
St. Louis capitalized on a Quinn Hughes turnover to take an early lead 3:06 into the game. David Perron took the puck away from Hughes deep in Vancouver's zone, circled around the net, and passed to an open Zach Sanford for Sanford's fifth goal of the season.
Vancouver equalized on Miller's goal at 2:16 of the second period, and the forward then put his team ahead later in the frame. After Miller created a turnover that led to a 3-on-2 rush for the Canucks heading into the Blues' end, Miller's score at the 11:12 mark capped off a nice passing play with linemates Virtanen and Elias Pettersson.
Miller's 18th and 19th goals gave him his fourth multi-score game of the season. Miller has eight points (four goals, four assists) over his past six games.
Bo Horvat recorded an empty-net goal in the final second of play. Horvat has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) over his past 11 games.
Jake Allen stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Blues.
--Field Level Media