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11/18/2006 12:55:46 AM


VANCOUVER (CP) - Markus Naslund scored two second-period goals Friday night as the struggling Vancouver Canucks halted a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 NHL win over the St. Louis Blues.

His first goal broke a 1-1 tie and his second, which proved to be the winner, made it the first time in nine games that the goal-starved Canucks had scored more than twice.

Brendan Morrison and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver to end an eight-game scoreless drought.

Doug Weight opened the scoring for the Blues and Keith Tkachuk made it close in the third period by deflecting Weight's point shot after a power-play faceoff win in the Canuck zone.

The victory was only the second in eight games for the Canucks, who improved to 9-10-1.

The Blues, playing their third game in four nights, lost a sixth straight road game and dropped to 5-11-3. St. Louis has just two wins in its last 11 games.

Naslund now has a team-leading nine goals - and three in his last four games - while joining linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin as the only Canucks with multiple-goal games this season.

His first came when he broke hard to the net as Henrik Sedin backhanded a pass toward the goal. When netminder Jason Bacashihua gave up the rebound, Naslund was on his doorstep with an open net to shoot at.

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