1/23/97 -- 11:20 PM

Canucks-Blues


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Brett Hull scored his second goal of the game with 1:14 to play as the St. Louis Blues, after surrendering the lead early in the third period, rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Thursday night.

Jamie Rivers tied it with his first career goal with 4:44 to play and Joe Murphy had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who are 4-2 under new coach Joel Quenneville. Geoff Courtnall added two assists and set up the game-winner as the Blues outshot the Canucks 34-15.

On the tying goal, Murphy carried the puck from end to end before sliding a backhand pass to Rivers, a defenseman who scored on a slap shot just inside the right post. Hull had two shots in the winning sequence, and beat Kirk McLean with a shot between the pads off a feed from Courtnall for his 23rd goal.

The Blues played a lot better than in the previous meeting against Vancouver, an 8-0 loss at home Dec. 15 that came four days before general manager and coach Mike Keenan was fired. That loss was the Blues' worst since 1977.

The loss was the first in four games for Vancouver (2-1-1).

The Canucks took a 3-2 lead on third-period goals by Pavel Bure and Dave Roberts in a span of 24 seconds, livening up what had been a quiet night for the visitors.

The Canucks had only 12 shots before Bure was left with a wide-open right side of the net and took a few extra seconds before sliding it in for his 20th goal at 7:38 to tie it 3-3. Forechecking created a loose puck on the Canucks' next trip down the ice and Roberts, Bure's linemate, banged into an empty left side at 8:02.

Martin Gelinas set up both goals for the Canucks. But after the flurry, Vancouver had only one more shot.

Murphy's 12th goal gave the Blues the lead at 8:09 of the first period. Bret Hedican lost control of the puck in the Vancouver zone and Murphy broke in alone on McLean.

Russ Courtnall tied it at 16:18, beating Grant Fuhr on a 3-on-2 break.

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