Ducks Dominated by Blues 5-1

The St. Louis Blues visited Anaheim to face the Ducks on Wednesday night. This was the last game St. Louis would play before the All-Star break. The Blues were coming off of a very disappointing 4-3 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles on Monday. The Ducks were also coming off of a loss. Anaheim was defeated by the Islanders 3-0 in Brooklyn on Sunday. The Ducks have won just 2 of 9 games in January.

St. Louis has won 6 of 11 in January. 3 wins came in a row against Montreal, in Dallas, and in Washington. The Blues beat the Capitals on the 3rd of January as well. They lost to the Islanders twice. The Stars were able to beat the Blues at home. The other losses came on the while on the road in Boston and most recently Los Angeles.

Ryan O’Reilly suited up for his 700th NHL game.

  • Career Stats: (173 G, 298 A, 471 P)

Team Records

  • Blues: (21-22-5) 47 points
  • Ducks: (21-20-9) 51 points

There would be some changes made for this one. Tyler Bozak and Zach Sanford made returns to the lineup after having both sustained concussions recently. Joel Edmundson would play in Robert Bortuzzo’s place. That was the only change to the defense. Jordan Kyrou and Jordan Nolan were sent down to the San Antonio Rampage.

Brayden Schenn moved up to the top line and over to the left wing. Bozak took over the 2nd line center position, joining Jaden Schwartz and Alex Steen. Zach Sanford was slotted in with Sunny and Pat on the 3rd line. Joel Edmundson was to play on the right side in this one.

David Perron didn’t make the road trip with the team due to an upper-body injury. Robert Thomas is still out with an injury to his shoulder. Robby Fabbri and Robert Bortuzzo were healthy scratches.

Forward Lines

  1. Schenn, O’Reilly, Tarasenko
  2. Schwartz, Bozak, Steen
  3. Sanford, Sundqvist, Maroon
  4. MacEachern, Barbashev, Blais

Defensive Pairings

  1. Gunnarsson, Pietrangelo
  2. Bouwmeester, Parayko
  3. Dunn, Edmundson

Healthy Scratches:


Starting Goaltenders

STL – Jordan Binnington: (4-1-1, 1.96 GAA, .924 SP)

ANA – John Gibson: (17-15-8, 2.67 GAA, .921 SP)


Goals Scored: Daniel Sprong, Vladimir Tarasenko, Zach Sanford, Oskar Sundqvist, Tyler Bozak, Sammy Blais


Game Summary

1st Period

John Gibson made some great saves. Pat Maroon sent the puck over to Dunn who let one go. Sanford grabbed the rebound but was unable to capitalize.

We then saw Maroon make a decent play sending the puck into the slot for Zach Sanford again but the play was broken up. Regardless, Sanford was right where he needed to be. We then saw Pietrangelo let one go from near the middle of the blue line. John Gibson said no.

In the first 6 minutes, the Blues put the first 8 shots on goal, but then the Ducks scored on their first shot of the game. Daniel Sprong came in from the right side and beat Jordan Binnington top shelf. He’ll want this one back for sure.

 

Mackenzie MacEachern had himself a great opportunity but would not beat Gibson. MachEachern played a great first period. He was forechecking very well. We then saw a great chance for Vladimir Tarasenko who backhanded from the right circle but was denied.

Then at 10:34, Vladimir Tarasenko was able to beat Gibson and tie the game at 1. Vladimir was in the right spot, and we saw some great work by Brayden Schenn behind the net who made a great pass.

14 minutes in, St. Louis was leading in Shots on Goal 12-2.

Carl Gunnarsson had a quality chance as he swept into John Gibson’s crease but was unable to finish. Brayden Schenn set Ryan O’Reilly up for a one-timer, but O’Reilly’s shot went wide. We later saw Parayko let one go from the point. Gibson made the save with his pad and the Ducks were able to control the rebound.

Schwartz hit the pipe after being set up by Tyler Bozak to finish off the frame. Can this guy catch a break?

John Gibson obviously made some key saves in the 1st period. This game could easily be have been 3-1 Blues by the end of the 1st. He stopped 12 of 13 while the Blues only allowed the Ducks to put 2 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes.

Anaheim was leading in faceoff win percentage with 56%, but the Ducks had given the puck away 8 times. The Blues were outhitting Anaheim 14-12.

Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly, and Vladimir Tarasenko really seemed to be clicking.

The Blues had 30 shot attempts in the 1st. Anaheim blocked 5 shots and the Blues shot wide a handful of times, but they were controlling play very well and creating opportunities. Gibson was the difference.

2nd Period

2:04 into the period, Zach Sanford gave the Blues a 2-1 lead on an odd-man rush. He showed no hesitation and followed through on his own play. Way to finish.


Nearly 6 minutes in, the Ducks put their 4th shot on goal.

Oskar Sundqvist was then able to score to put the Blues up by 2 on a great play by Pat Maroon.

Cam Fowler took an Alex Pietrangelo shot off of his hand. He went to the locker room in a lot of pain.

Oskar Sundqvist saw an odd-man rush opportunity. Ryan O’Reilly found himself at the dot for a wrister. John Gibson had answers for the both of them.

At the very end of the period, the Ducks had their best chance and they came pretty close but wouldn’t capitalize.

The Blues were controlling this game. They had held the Ducks to 9 shots in the first 40 minutes. St. Louis had 13 shots in the 2nd period to match the first.

3rd Period

Tyler Bozak scored off of a skate. Assists went to Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko.

Sammy Blais then scored 34 seconds later. Assists credited to Mackenzie MacEachern and Carl Gunnarsson.


Tyler Bozak was called for high sticking Max Jones at 10:35. The Ducks went on their only Power Play of the game. The Blues didn’t allow a shot on goal.

St. Louis went on to win it 5-1. The Ducks were held to 13 shots through this entire game.

Everybody was clicking in this one. Jordan Binnington improved to 5-1-1.

2 players that returned to the lineup came in and scored in their first games back. Zach Sanford had a goal and an assist. Tyler Bozak got on the board as well.

MacEachern and Blais weren’t sent down to San Antonio, and they contributed in this one.

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