Daniel Sedin’s power play goal just 46 seconds into overtime gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 overtime win and kept them on top in the Western Conference standings in a showdown for first place with the St. Louis Blues.
Sedin’s 700th NHL point was set up in the closing minute of regulation. David Backes checked the Canucks’ Alex Burrows into the corner boards with 19.9 seconds left. He got a boarding penalty and the Blues didn’t feel the hit worthy of a penalty. “I did not agree with the penalty at all … not one bit,” Blues coach Hitchcock said. “I saw what I saw, it was a hockey play. I don’t agree with the call.”
Jason Arnott scored twice for the Blues, who got 18 saves from All Star select goalie Brian Elliott. The Blues fall to 9-0-2 at home in their last 11 games and 17-3-3 overall at home. A regulation win would have moved them ahead of the Canucks into the top spot in the conference.