Blues use fast start to beat Canucks 4-1

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues finally got off to a strong start at home.

The Blues scored three times in the first period Monday night and beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1.

Mike Sillinger, who had two goals and assist for the Blues, said this was the way things used to go all the time at the Savvis Center.

"It's about time we come out in our own building and put a team away in the first period," Sillinger said. "We have not beat too many teams in the first period and that's the way the Blues used to play. I remember coming into this building as the opposition, and the Blues would (always) come out strong. We did that tonight. The key to the game was the start."

The Blues, who won for just the fifth time at home this season, snapping a three-game skid at the Savvis Center. St. Louis still has a league-low 13 points at home (5-12-3).

"It's coming to a head here a little bit for us," said Doug Weight, who had a goal and two assists for the Blues. "We're starting to get a little confident with the puck and play a little better game. We've been on the short end of some games, but we've played better."

Vancouver has been struggling both at home and on the road lately, losing for the seventh time in their last eight games.

"I think we were flat, and it's happened way too many times for us this year," Naslund said. "For some reason, we've come and given teams chances to get the lead on us. It's difficult once you're down a couple of goals to get back and obviously, it gives them confidence and boost, too."

Anson Carter had the lone goal for Vancouver, and Alex Auld stopped 22 shots.

Curtis Sanford made 30 saves for the Blues, and Scott Young had the other St. Louis goal.

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