PLAYOFF SERIES: Western Conference quarterfinal; Blues lead 1-0.
The Blues will be trying to duplicate a nearly perfect performance when they face the Canucks in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Osgood, acquired from the New York Islanders at the trade deadline, improved his career record against Vancouver to 13-1-4, with his last loss against the Canucks coming in 1997.
“That game epitomizes a total team effort,” Osgood said. “We had great back pressure and smothered them and didn’t give them any room.”
As was the case in just about every facet of their game, the Blues’ special teams were outstanding. They went 3-for-9 with the man advantage and killed seven Vancouver power plays.
“That’s how you want to play,” Weight said. “That’s how you map it out. We’re going to do everything we did well and try to compound it and snowball it going into Game 2.”
Thursday’s performance also ended any thoughts that St. Louis was headed for a quick playoff exit after closing the regular season on an 0-3-2 slide.
While the Blues performed flawlessly, the Canucks did just about everything wrong in matching a 23-year-old franchise record for the biggest margin of defeat in a playoff game.
Dan Cloutier, who struggled in Vancouver’s first-round loss to Detroit last season, yielded six goals on 29 shots.
“We got outplayed in absolutely every aspect of the game tonight,” Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. “We just didn’t even deserve to be in the same league, let alone the same rink. We know it, I’m embarrassed by it, the team is embarrassed by it. We have to regroup and get better.”
Vancouver finished second in the NHL this season with 264 goals, but has been outscored 9-0 in the last eight periods.
Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund hopes to return for Game 2 after missing more than five weeks with a dislocated kneecap. He took part in the morning skate Thursday, but decided afterward that he wasn’t ready to play in the opener.
The series shift to the Savvis Center for Game 3 on Monday.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Blues - 99 points; 5th seed. Canucks - 104 points; 4th seed.
PLAYOFF SPECIAL TEAMS: Blues - Power play: 33.3 percent (3 for 9). Penalty killing: 100.0 percent (5 for 5). Canucks - Power play: 0.0 percent (0 for 5). Penalty killing: 66.6 percent (6 for 9).
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: Canucks, 2-1-1. The teams combined for 33 goals in four games. Vancouver went 2-0-1 in the first three meetings before the Blues posted a 6-4 victory at home March 18. Morrison had four goals and six points for the Canucks.