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Ducks Vs. Blues Recap: What The Duck?

Blues try to lull Ducks goaltender to sleep. Fail miserably.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Lineup:

Vladimir Sobotka-Paul Stastny-Vladimir Tarasenko

Alexander Steen-Brayden Schenn-Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall-Patrik Berglund-Ivan Barbashev

Magnus Paajarvi-Kyle Brodziak-Chris Thorburn

Defensive Pairs:

Joel Edmundson-Colton Parayko

Carl Gunnarsson-Robert Bortuzzo

Vince Dunn-Jordan Schmaltz

Goaltender:

Jake Allen

Game Highlights:

The Blues were hoping to bounce back after a loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday. Tonight, they’d face an Anaheim Ducks team with out a few of their top forwards. Corey Perry didn’t even make the trip to STL. Ryan Kesler is also still out of the Ducks lineup. The two teams combined for just 9 shots on goal in the first period (6 STL 3 ANA). The first goal was scored in the second period. Andrew Cogliano received a pass from behind the net. Cogliano was alone in front of said net. No Blues were there to stop him from jamming the puck past Allen to give the Ducks that first goal.

The Ducks second and third goals came from the stick of Kevin Roy. His first goal came on a rebound chance. Cam Fowler came in on net and got an initial shot on goal. Roy was there for the rebound chance and snuck it in over Allen to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

Roy’s second goal came on a chance generated from a Blues turnover. Derek Grant and Roy play keep the puck away from the Blues. Roy found himself a wide open net and didn’t miss his opportunity. 3-0 Ducks. Not ideal.

The Blues finally scored on Ducks starter John Gibson. Patrik Berglund found himself in a two on one situation. Instead of passing, like seemingly the Blues were doing too much of again, he shot the puck on net. Puck slid through Gibson’s legs, and into the back of the net. Three to one Blues.

Unfortunately for the Blues that was all the offense they could muster, as they fall to the Ducks 3-1. The Blues are off before a home and home with the Jets this weekend.

Stat of the Night:

Player of the Game:

The guy in the seat next to me that apparently bought a seat and a half and didn’t tell me.