Canucks 4, Blues 3

Markus Naslund had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks staved off elimination for the second straight game, beating the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, tonight to force a decisive Game 7 in the first-round playoff series.

The deciding game will be Tuesday in Vancouver.

"We made it pretty hard on ourselves in the third period," Canucks center Trevor Linden said. "But all in all we did what we wanted to do and what we wanted to have, and that's an opportunity for a Game 7."

Mattias Ohlund had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who scored two goals in each of the first two periods. Vancouver scored twice on the power play in the second period as the Blues hurt themselves with ill-advised penalties.

The Blues made it interesting with third-period goals by Eric Boguniecki and Doug Weight. St. Louis outshot Vancouver 13-2 in the third period.

After scoring four goals in the first four games, Vancouver has nine in the last two.

Naslund, who finished second in the NHL in scoring with 104 points, had one assist in the first three games of the series. In the last three contests he has three goals and two assists.

"He's playing with so much confidence," Canucks Coach Marc Crawford said. "He's captured the pace of the game, and when skilled players capture the pace and they get the puck, they know what to do with it."

Henrik Sedin and Ed Jovanovski both scored on power-play rebounds in the second period for Vancouver.

"We're a confident team, we are," said Weight, who had two goals and an assist.

"We believe we're the better team right now and we've got to go prove it."