VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks have fallen, and they can't get up.
Cory Stillman and Tyson Nash scored in the opening 2:01 and Chris Osgood was hardly tested en route to his 10th career playoff shutout as the St. Louis Blues rolled to a 6-0 rout of the Canucks in Game One of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Vancouver needed a tie or win in its regular-season finale to avoid a first-round matchup with St. Louis. But the Canucks were beaten at home by Los Angeles, 2-0, after which Vancouver captain Markus Naslund told the crowd at GM Place the team "choked."
Naslund vowed the Canucks would "play a lot better in the playoffs," but the Blues made that a hollow pledge.
St. Louis took control early, grabbing the lead on Stillman's power-play goal just 90 seconds into the game and doubling it 31 seconds later on Nash's first playoff tally in three years.
Defenseman Alex Khavanov scored twice and Pavol Demitra and defenseman Chris Pronger each picked up a pair of assists for the Blues, who went on to their most lopsided postseason victory since an 8-2 triumph over Vancouver in Game Six of the 1995 conference quarterfinals.
"It's the game we wanted. It's how you want to play and map it out," St. Louis center Doug Weight said.
Little went right for the Canucks as they matched the worst shutout loss in team playoff history. Buffalo's Bob Sauve also blanked Vancouver, 6-0, in Game Two of the 1980 preliminary round.
"We got outplayed in absolutely every aspect of the game tonight. We know it," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "I'm embarrassed by it, the team is embarrassed by it. ... Who was the hardest-working team on the ice tonight? It certainly wasn't the Canucks."
Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi took an interference penalty 72 seconds into the contest and St. Louis needed just 18 seconds on the ensuing power play to take the lead.
Weight fired a shot from the left point that Stillman tipped past the glove of goaltender Dan Cloutier.
On the next shift, Nash came out from behind the net and wristed a shot from below the right circle. Cloutier scrambled to make the save but was helpless as Nash put in the rebound.
"It was big, especially with the layoff that we had," Weight said of the quick start. "It's certainly great to get a big goal early. Stilly made a great tip on the power play. It really lifted up our bench and let us into this."
St. Louis also struck quickly in the second period. Just after a power play expired, Keith Tkachuk worked a give-and-go with Demitra, got a return feed in the low slot and wristed a shot along the ice and by Cloutier.
Khavanov made it 4-0 with just under five minutes to go in the period and completed his two-goal effort midway through the third.
After Weight capped the scoring with 3:42 remaining, all that was left was whether Osgood would get the shutout.
Acquired from the New York Islanders at the trade deadline, Osgood stopped 10 shots in the third period after turning aside 10 over the first two. It was his third shutout in 10 starts for the Blues.
"That's the St. Louis Blues I'm used to watching and playing against in the past," Osgood said. "Tonight, we had everybody playing. That game epitomized a total team effort. We had great back pressure on their No. 1 line and smothered them and didn't give them any room."
"After two periods, we had 10 shots. It's unacceptable," said Bertuzzi, who combined with linemates Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison for just four shots.
The Canucks could not even release their frustrations. Vancouver defenseman Murray Baron dropped the gloves with Scott Mellanby at 4:07 of the third period, but Tkachuk escorted Mellanby away before he could fight.
"We got outworked, outhustled," Canucks center Trevor Linden said. "We got beat to loose pucks. They moved the puck, outchanced us. They pretty much out-everythinged us, and it showed on the scoreboard."