Game Report: Ducks 2, Blues 1
By Nicholas Hand
The Blues five-game winning streak was snapped by a loss to the Ducks Wednesday night in Anaheim.
A shorthanded goal by Ryan Getzlaf in the second period on a costly mistake by the Blues power play proved to be the game winner.
Getzlaf also set up the Ducks first goal just 5:42 into the contest on Rickard Rakell’s 30th goal of the season.
Getzlaf made a terrific read intercepting a breakout pass by Jay Bouwmeester intended for Paul Stastny that deflected to Rakell in front of the net. Rakell beat Jake Allen to give Anaheim the 1-0 lead.
Getzlaf’s 14th of the season was set up by Andrew Cogliano who was on a partial rush shorthanded. Cogliano was tracked down by defenseman Colton Parayko but a lost puck by Ivan Barbashev on the ensuing play gave the puck to Getzlaf in the slot with space.
Getzlaf blistered a shot top shelf past Allen for a 2-0 lead at 6:37 of the second period.
The Blues mounted a valiant comeback effort in the third period that started with Barbashev’s third goal of the season midway through the period.
Magnus Paajarvi set up Barvashev in front of the net and he beat Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier, the only goal Bernier allowed on 27 shots.
The Blues late rally was unable to find the equalizer as the Blues suffered their first loss since a 3-0 defeat on March 3 in Winnipeg.
The Blues are four points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for the final wildcard playoff spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis is also two points behind the Nashville Predators for the third playoff seed in the Central Division. The Blues, Kings, and Predators all have 13 games remaining in their regular season schedules.
The Blues continue their five-game road trip on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks.