(photo: The Associated Press)

The St. Louis Blues were shut out for the first time this season as they lost, 1 to 0, to the Vancouver Canucks immediately following the Olympic break.

It took two and a half periods for points to be scored in this hard fought, back and forth game. The Canucks’ Jannik Hansen #36 finally broke the stalemate as he put one past Jaroslav Halak at 11:13 in the third period. The Blues rallied hard but were unable to score. Eddie Lack registered his third shut out for the Vancouver Canucks as he stopped all 20 shots.

The St. Louis Blues had three power play opportunities that generated most of their unfruitful scoring opportunities. The Blues possessed the puck with authority on the power play but came up short on all three chances. Power plays can be the difference maker, so the Blues need to make sure they capitalize on power play chances as they look to win games leading up to the playoffs. The inability to put the puck in the net lead the Blues to drop this game to the Canucks.

The Blues continue their road trip, traveling to California to face another strong Western Conference team, the Anehiem Ducks, on Friday February, 28th, at 9:00PM.

Melissa White started playing ice hockey when she was only six years old. She spent her youth playing hockey in Seattle, Washington. She played with the boys until she was old enough to make the switch to a competitive girl's under 19 hockey team at the age of 12. Melissa played NCAA Division III college hockey in Buffalo, New York, for the Buffalo State Bengals. She was named Rookie of the Year and voted Assistant Captain during her junior season. Presently, Melissa manages and coaches a U-19 girl's team and an ACHA men's college team. Her favorite teams are the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. She fell in love with the Devils on her sixth birthday when she received an autographed Martin Brodeur puck from her parents. Melissa is also attending Bradley University and pursuing a degree in Sports Communication.

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