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Sami Salo scores thrilling overtime winner as Canucks down Blues 3-2

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Vancouver Canucks Sami Salo, far left, is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the St. Louis Blues during their hockey game on Friday. (AP/Kyle Ericson) Author: The Hockey News

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Sami Salo scores thrilling overtime winner as Canucks down Blues 3-2

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Markus Naslund of the Canucks tied the game with a power-play goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. The clock showed 0:00 after Salo scored and the Blues refused to leave the ice for about two minutes. The referees reviewed the goal, determining it came before time expired.

The Canucks took 39 shots against Curtis Sanford, who stopped the first 26 he faced in his second start of the season. Vancouver outshot St. Louis 39-19 overall and 6-3 in the overtime.

Both teams had two power-play goals, although the Canucks struggled for most of the game with an extra man. They failed on seven chances through the first two periods before Taylor Pyatt notched his third goal of the season about nine minutes into the third and then Naslund scored the tying goal.

St. Louis, which had nine power-play opportunities against the Canucks, came into the game ranked 22nd with a man advantage, scoring four goals in 32 attempts in its first six games.

Petr Cajanek scored his first goal of the season eight seconds into the Blues' first power play and Lee Stempniak added his third of the season 5:41 into the third period.

The Canucks took nine shots on goal in the first period, the first five coming in the opening 2 1/2 minutes of the game.

Notes: St. Louis D Jay McKee left the game in the first period with a fractured bone in his right hand and did not return. ... Blues F Keith Tkachuck assisted on the Blues' first goal and has an assist in four consecutive games. ... The Canucks lost all four games between the teams during the 2005-06 season in which the Blues finished with the league's worst record.

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Sami Salo scores thrilling overtime winner as Canucks down Blues 3-2