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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Vancouver Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Zbynek Michalek scored for the Blues, who never led and missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a victory. St. Louis has lost two straight at home, has one win its last six games overall, and remained one point shy of a seventh 100-point season.

Nick Bonino netted the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, just 31 seconds after the Blues tied it on Michalek’s first goal since Jan. 31.

Shawn Matthias also scored for Vancouver, which strengthened its hold on second place in the Pacific Division.