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Canucks win first 7-game sweep in franchise history

By Lance Lasheras     Apr 22, 2009 in Sports
Despite a valiant effort from the St.Louis Blues, the Canucks won a historic victory tonight. The first playoff sweep in franchise history will give the team a much needed rest before entering the second round.
It what could only be described as a grueling match in the Scottrade centre in St.Louis, the Vancouver Canucks made franchise history with a 3-2 victory. Tensions were high for both teams, each with something major to lose. For the Blues facing elimination, it was a final desperate battle to remain in the play offs. Vancouver on the other hand was looking to capitalize on their early lead and sweep the series.
The sold out crowd was armed with thunder bolts instead of towels, as they booed particularly loudly at the entrance of star goalie Roberto Luongo. The game started with an early rush from both teams, both looking to clinch the all important first goal. A good scoring opportunity by Brad Boyes was quickly reversed which allowed for Kyle Wellwood to score the first point of the game.
The second period saw a strong series of penalties called towards the Canucks. However the Blues were unable to crack Luongo's seal. Blues forward Keith Tkachuk stated after the game:
The one thing that killed us in the series is our power play. You've got to bring it up a notch and we didn't do that.
Despite his performance on net, Luongo appeared to take an injury midway through the second period. He stated after the game that he was simply dehydrated, and followed his victory by administering an IV. Shortly afterward, Alex Burrows tipped a dancing puck to create a commanding 2-0 lead. The lead was short lived however, as Brad Boyes and David Perron scored for the Blues in the finals minutes.
A scoreless third period lead both teams into overtime for the first time in the series. After several great rushes for both teams, Ryan Kesler pulled a slashing penalty which drew blood for a double minor. Once again the Blues could not capitalize on the power play, leaving both teams exhausted as the period drew to a close. Finally with only seconds remaining, Alex Burrows shot a wide angle shot to win the game.
Now Vancouver will get a hard earned rest before entering the second round. Injured players Mats Sundin and Sami Salo will be particularly thankful for their teams hard earned victory tonight.
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