Horvat, Canucks defeat Blues in Game 1 of Western First Round


Bo Horvat scored twice for the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday.

Elias Pettersson, Troy Stecher and J.T. Miller scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves for Vancouver, the No. 5 seed in the West.

Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series. Game 2 will be in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Friday (6:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, FS-MW).

David Perron and Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on 22 shots. The Blues, who won the Stanley Cup last season, lost three straight games in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers to enter the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the West.

Horvat skated around Blues defenseman Vince Dunn and scored from in close for a 4-2 lead at 8:01 of the third period. The goal came 2:24 after Stecher gave Vancouver a 3-2 lead at 5:37.

Schwartz scored on a breakaway at 9:49 of the second period to tie the game 2-2.

Horvat gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 4:29 of the first period. Perron tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 16:37 on a one-timer from the right circle.

Pettersson scored a power-play goal on a rebound to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 8:37 of the second period.

Miller scored a power-play goal with 39 seconds remaining in the third for the 5-2 final.

It was the fourth straight win for Vancouver, which defeated the Minnesota Wild in four games in a best-of-5 qualifier series after losing the opener.

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