Game Report: Blues 2, Ducks 1 (overtime)

By Nicholas Hand

An overtime goal by Patrik Berglund capped a two-goal night for the Blues forward in an overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on the road Sunday night.

On the second leg of a difficult back-to-back in California, it was the longest tenure Blue who provided the offense.

Berglund, playing in his 599th career game, found the game’s first goal in the second period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.

A David Perron shot came off the end boards and bounced to the other side of the net, where Berglund connected on the rebound as the puck snuck past Ducks goaltender John Gibson at 11:03 of the period. It was his ninth of the season.

For the second consecutive game, goaltender Carter Hutton provided solid netminding for the Blues, making 22 saves and stopping the Ducks on all but one of their 19 scoring chances.

Anaheim was able to even the score at 5:11 of the third period with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty against the Blues.

Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester collided on a line change, which created a too many men infraction on St. Louis.

Rickard Rakell put a rebound of a Ryan Getzlaf shot past Hutton after neither Jori Lehtera nor Kevin Shattenkirk could touch the puck to end the play.

The Blues were able to escape the third period and force overtime with 10 saves by Hutton in the period, when the Ducks outshot the Blues 11-6.

In the opening minute of overtime, Jaden Schwartz entered the offensive zone and extended the play towards the near wall before finding a streaking Berglund in front of the net with a pass that Berglund guided over the shoulder of Gibson for a 2-1 St. Louis win at the 51 second mark of the extra period.

Of Note: Berglund passed Chris Pronger for 12th all-time on the Blues games played list … The Blues won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak that ended on Dec. 1. …. The win marks the Blues first in Anaheim since Oct. 17, 2009 when Berglund also scored the game-winning goal in a 5-0 win… Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is now skating with the Blues as he looks to return from injury… Brad Hunt and Scottie Upshall were the Blues healthy scratches.

Looking Ahead:
The Blues return home for a two-game home stand starting on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.