Canucks defeat Blues in OT in Game 2 of Western First Round, extend lead


Bo Horvat scored his second goal 5:55 into overtime on a breakaway, and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round to extend their lead in the best-of-7 series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday.

David Perron tied the game 3-3 for St. Louis with seven seconds left in the third period when he redirected a shot by Alex Pietrangelo out of midair. The call on the ice was no goal because of a high stick, but it was reversed after video review.

Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, the No. 5 seed in the West. Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves.

St. Louis, the No. 4 seed in the West and the defending Stanley Cup champions, trailed 3-1 before Sammy Blais made it 3-2 when he scored unassisted off a turnover at 9:02 of the third.

Teams with a 2-0 lead are 324-51 (86.4 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series. Game 3 is in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Sunday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, FS-MW).

Pettersson batted in a rebound at the left of the net to give Vancouver a 3-1 lead at 5:36 of the third.

Ryan O’Reilly got the Blues within 2-1 with a power-play goal at 18:56 of the second from the right face-off circle.

Tanner Pearson scored a power-play goal with a one-timer off a pass from Pettersson at 6:59 of the second for a 2-0 lead.

Horvat scored shorthanded on an end-to-end rush at 7:23 of the first period by skating past Brayden Schenn and around Jaden Schwartz before flipping the puck past Binnington to make it 1-0.

Horvat leads the NHL with six goals in six games in the postseason.

J.T. Miller scored at 3:58 of the second period for the Canucks, but Blues coach Craig Berube challenged for offside, and the call on the ice was overturned after video review.

Vancouver defenseman Tyler Myers left the game 1:46 into the third period after he appeared to go headfirst into the boards on a hit by Schenn. No penalty was called.

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