The young upstarts came to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions, not praise them. Vancouver, after all, did so 2 ½ weeks ago in St. Louis, so why not do it again at home?

The Canucks arrived at Rogers Arena even hotter than the Blues, having gone 5-0-2 in their past seven games. But the Blues cooled them off ever-so-slightly Tuesday, winning a skin-tight battle 2-1 in overtime (of course) on a Jaden Schwartz goal for their fifth victory in a row.

“We’re pushing our limits,” goalie Jordan Binnington said, after stopping 33 of 34 shots. “It’s nice that we’re coming out on top the last couple. I think we’re going to continue to grow as a team and hopefully make it so we can win those in regulation.”

At 10-3-3, the Blues are now on top of the entire Western Conference with 23 points. They play the current No. 2 team in the West — the Edmonton Oilers (10-4-2) — Wednesday in Edmonton.