Forwards - Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Dmitrij Jaskin/Jori Lehtera/Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Alex Pietrangelo/Jay Bouwmeester
Colton Parayko/Joel Edmundson
Robert Bortuzzo/Carl Gunnarsson
Goaltender - Jake Allen
The Ducks and Blues battled at the Scottrade tonight in what was an interesting affair. The Blues were coming off that 2-1 win in Minnesota the other night. Meanwhile, the Ducks were outplayed in Chicago, yet won 1-0 just last night. (The Blackhawks had almost twice as many shots on goal that the Ducks did)
First Period -
Vladimir Tarasenko really took the "We need to pounce on them, they played last night to heart". Just TWELVE seconds in, he scored his 30th goal of the year. Ducks' starter John Gibson (who hadn't played in 6 games due to an injury) was beat with a Tarasenko wrist shot. Jaden "I can't score a goal, but I can do everything else" Schwartz got the assist on the play after getting it to Tarasenko. 1-0 good guys.
With 8 minutes to go in the period the Ducks scored. But then they didn't. But then they did. The goal was originally waived off. Then after a video review, the call on the ice was overturned and the game was tied 1-1. Jori Lehtera cross checked Corey Perry into Allen. Perry's stick was then caught up with Allen. Meanwhile, Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell were left to skate around the ice, with Rickard being left wide open. Rickard doesn't miss the wide open net. Here is the explanation from the NHL folks.
"After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of St. Louis' Jori Lehtera caused Anaheim's Corey Perry to contact goaltender Jake Allen before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, 'that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because (ii) the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper.' Therefore the original call is overturned - good goal Anaheim Ducks. Since the Coach's Challenge resulted in the original call being overturned, the Ducks retain their time-out."
The teams head into the locker room tied at one at the end of one. This was despite the Blues outshooting the Ducks 13-6.
Second Period -
The Blues take the lead in the early going thanks to an unlikely source. Ryan Reaves made a great individual effort to get the puck into the offensive zone. He then gets the puck out to Schwartz, who fires the puck at the net. Reaves who went to the front of the net, was rewarded with a rebound chance. He found the back of the net and gives the Blues a 2-1 lead.
The Ducks tie it up at two thanks to a nice little give and go play. Chris Wagner passes it over to Jared Boll. Boll passes it back to Wagner. Wagner goes from skate to stick to back of the net and ties the game at two.
The Blues kept the pressure on the Ducks and Gibson. Patrik Berglund wins the faceoff in the offensive zone. The puck goes to Steen who skates around the back of the net. Steen then shoots it on goal, and Perron gets the rebound. Perron then, while falling down mind you, gets the puck back to Berglund. Berglund is able to get a shot on goal but Gibson is in position to make the point blank save.
More pressure from the Blues on Gibson. This time it was from the boat anchor line. Jaskin's initial shot was blocked. Paajarvi was there to backhand it on net. Gibson was able to make the sprawling save. Lehtera also had a bid on goal, but that too was denied by Gibson.
Close to the end of the period, Schwartz had what was his best chance of the night. The Ducks turned the puck over which led to a great centering pass and an even better shot on goal. Gibson was able to get his glove on it and unfortunately Schwartz's goaless streak continues.
The Blues and Ducks had the same shot totals in the second period as they did in the first, 13-6.
Third Period -
Paul Stastny breaks the 2-2 tie by scoring his 18th goal of the year. Tarasenko got the puck ahead to him, and he did the rest. He skated in unopposed and beats Gibson five-hole.
Where were you when Ryan Reaves received a penalty shot. Granted it was stopped by Gibson. Gibson was able to poke check the puck away before Reaves was able to get a shot on goal. But did anyone really expect they'd ever see a Ryan Reaves penalty shot!?
Allen was able to use his glove to to keep the Blues ahead. Ryan Getzlaf was able to get a point blank shot on net. Allen made the save and kept the game 3-2.
It stayed 3-2 until the Blues committed a too much man penalty and gave the Ducks a powerplay. Jakob Silfverberg ties the game back up at three. Rakell was able to set up Sifverberg in front of the net. Allen got beat, and the Blues let the Ducks back into this one. Tied at three.
Now, with 23 seconds left, you had to have thought that this one was going to overtime. Joel Edmundson had other ideas. He breaks the tie with just over 19 seconds left to give the Blues the 4-3 lead. He was set up on the shot by...Robert Bortuzzo and Jake Allen?
The Blues take this one at home by the score of 4-3. They outshot the Ducks overall 35-26 despite the Blues being outshot in the third 14-9. The Blues move 73 points on the year, just two back of third place in the Central. It's also three points ahead of the Kings for the last wild card spot. The Blues are right back at it tomorrow night against the Islanders.
From the Twitter Machine:
Parayko was taken out in the third. Yeo says it wont be a long term thing.
Reaves post game...Shoutout to Violent Gents.
And finally because this is long enough.
Edmunson's GWG is WAAAAAYYY better with Titanic music. pic.twitter.com/SWK7kRBQYh— colton kiser (@coltonkiser_) March 11, 2017
Player of the Game:
Anyone who can tell me who the hell Jack is and why he cares that the Ducks are back. (Mighty Ducks II)