St. Louis Shocks Anaheim Late, 5-4

(Photo: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

The Blues visited the Honda Center to faceoff against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. This was the first of back to back games. St. Louis will head to the Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. This was a wild one so let’s just cut to the chase.

Team Records

  • Blues: (34-25-6)
  • Team: (26-32-9)

Forward Lines

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

Defensive Pairings

  1. Edmundson, Pietrangelo
  2. Bouwmeester, Parayko
  3. Dunn, Del Zotto

Michael Del Zotto made his debut as a St. Louis Blue.

Starting Goaltenders

STL – Binnington: (15-3-1, 1.68 GAA, .933 SV%)

ANA – Gibson: (18-20-8, 2.87 GAA, .916 SV%)

Goals Scored: Nick Ritchie, Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly, Robert Thomas (2), Rickard Rakell, Jaycob Megna, Adam Henrique, Alex Pietrangelo

Three Stars

  1. Alex Pietrangelo
  2. Troy Terry
  3. Ryan O’Reilly

Game Summary

1st Period

At 5:28, Nick Ritchie was able to score his 9th of the season to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. There was a puck battle behind Jordan Binnington’s net and Michael Del Zotto left his man. Assists were credited to Troy Terry and Korbinian Holzer.

The Blues saw their first Power Play opportunity at 7:50 when Jaycob Megna went to the box for interference. Brayden Schenn cashed in at 8:03, jumping and deflecting a Vladimir Tarasenko shot past John Gibson. Ryan O’Reilly also received an assist on the play. That’s Schenn’s 12th of the year.

Hampus Lindholm was penalized for holding Vladimir Tarasenko at 14:52. The Blues went on their second Power Play. Ryan O’Reilly scored his 25th of the season at 15:55 with a wrister from the right circle. Tyler Bozak and Alex Pietrangelo tallied helpers on the play.

Oskar Sundqvist was called for tripping Sam Steel at 16:29. Anaheim went on their 1st Power Play.  The Ducks were able to put 2 shots on goal but did not capitalize.

Brayden Schenn then went to the box for tripping Hampus Lindholm at 18:52. The Ducks registered 1 shot on goal and 52 seconds of the Power Play carried over into the 2nd period.

St. Louis registered 13 shots to Anaheim’s 6.

2nd Period

The Blues were able to kill the 52 seconds of Power Play time to begin the period.

St. Louis went on the Power Play for the 3rd time after Hampus Lindholm hooked Alexander Steen at 11:57. Robert Thomas then capitalized at 13:53 to give the Blues a 2 goal lead. This one was assisted by Colton Parayko and Jaden Schwartz.

Joel Edmundson was penalized for roughing against Corey Perry at 14:43.

At 15:39, Rickard Rakell scored on the Power Play for his 10th of the season to make it 3-2 Blues. Troy Terry registered his 2nd assist of the game. Cam Fowler was also credited with a helper on the play.

Jaycob Megna followed up shortly after (17:51) with a goal of his own to tie the game up at 3. This was his 1st NHL goal. Sam Steel and Jacob Silfverberg registered assists.

Ryan Kessler went to the box for cross-checking Ryan O’Reilly at 18:24. St. Louis would not capitalize. Power Play time would carry over into the 3rd period.

Anaheim registered 13 shots to St. Louis’ 10.

3rd Period

St. Louis did not capitalize on the man advantage to start the period.

Adam Henrique netted his 14th of the year at 5:07 to put the Ducks up 4-3. Troy Terry earned his 3rd assist of the game. Jacob Larsson also registered an apple.

Joel Edmundson was called for tripping Carter Rowney at 12:02. Anaheim went on their 4th Power Play of the night, but the Blues were able to kill it off, only allowing the Ducks 1 shot on net.

Sam Steel tripped up Ryan O’Reilly and went to the box at 16:42. The Blues went on their 5th Power Play, but would not capitalize.

With 1:42 remaining, St. Louis pulled Jordan Binnington for the extra attacker.

At 18:56, Robert Thomas scored his 2nd of the game and 7th of the season to tie the game up at 4 goals a piece, burying an initial shot by Colton Parayko that went wide. Vladimir Tarasenko also registered an assist.

Just 12 seconds later, Alex Pietrangelo was found by Brayden Schenn. Petro let it go and it bounced off of Adam Henrique’s skate past John Gibson. Here are both goals…

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