Just twenty-two hours after their 4-2 victory in San Jose, the St. Louis Blues were back in action Sunday night versus the Anaheim Ducks. The game ended with the same 4-2 score, but the Blues were on the losing end.
The first period started slow for the Blues. Defenseman Nikita Nikitin took a penalty on his first shift and as the penalty ended, the Ducks’ Bobby Ryan netted a goal at 2:20. Jaroslav Halak settled in during the first period, however, not allowing the Ducks to extend their lead. The clubs headed to the locker room after the first, Ducks leading 1-0. In an interview in the intermission, Blues F Patrik Berglund acknowledged that the Blues were playing better as the period progressed, but claimed, “We have to start executing on the power play.”
At 5:43 in the second, Berglund redirected a point shot from Alex Pietrangelo to tie the game at one. Following the Blues’ goal, both teams were relatively quiet. There were several scraps in front of Jonas Hiller as the Ducks defended their goaltender. Heading into the third, both teams looked to capitalize on a decent night and secure a victory with a game winning goal.
The Ducks opened the scoring at 1:31 of the third. Francois Beauchemin launched a rocket from the point that deflected off Nikitin’s foot and up and over Halak’s shoulder. After Berglund and Alex Steen sustained broken sticks on a penalty kill, Corey Perry tipped in his first of the year to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead. At 6:24 of the third, Ryan netted his second of the night, putting the Ducks up 4-1. At 9:38 of the third, Alex Steen cut the Ducks’ lead in half as he fired the puck from a sharp angle up and over Hiller’s shoulder. Despite pulling Halak with over a minute left, the Blues could not capitalize, falling to the Ducks.
Jaroslav Halak lost his third game of the season. He falls to 1-3-0 as a result… Alexander Steen is hot. He has five points in five games this season… Special teams continue to plague the struggling Blues. The Blues have not scored a power play goal since their season opener October 8 against Nashville. The team also forfeited an Anaheim power play goal. The Anaheim power play, 1 for 4 on the night, posited the Blues penalty kill at an abysmal 75%… The Blues, now 2-3-0 on the season, travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings Tuesday night. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest at 9:30 CST.
1. Bobby Ryan
2. Corey Perry
3. Lubomir Visnovsky