ST. LOUIS MO - DECEMBER 20: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks looks to make a save against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on December 20 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Canucks beat the Blues 3-1. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
In early October, most would have guessed that a mid-January matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues would be a lopsided one in both records and results. That was far from the case Thursday.
The Canucks and Blues, two of the Western Conference's top four teams, battled through a 65-minute war that ended with the former earning a hard-fought 3-2 overtime victory.
Between the two teams, there were four All-Stars and all four came to play. Daniel Sedin scored the game-winning goal and added an assist, while brother Henrik had two assists. Alex Edler chipped in an assist as well. Brian Elliot made 18 saves for the Blues and kept them competitive as Jason Arnott (not an All-Star) scored twice.
In a four-point game, the Canucks built a three-point lead over the Canucks in the Western Conference. The second half of the season surely will be a competitive one at the top of the standings.