Blues Score Late to Beat Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Robert Thomas and Alex Pietrangelo scored 12 seconds apart late in the third period as the St. Louis Blues rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Thomas got his second goal of the game with 1:04 left on the rebound of a loose shot and Pietrangelo rifled a shot through traffic for the game-winner with 52 seconds remaining for his 12th goal of the season.

Pietrangelo, Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly each had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which has won 14 of its last 18 games. Vladimir Tarasenko and Colton Parayko each had two assists and Jordan Binnington stopped 23 shots.

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St. Louis Blues Jordan Binnington and Vladimir Tarasenko congratulate each other. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Jaycob Megna had a goal and an assist for Anaheim while Nick Ritchie, Rickard Rakell and Adam Henrique also scored. Rookie Troy Terry had three assists and John Gibson made 28 saves.

Anaheim trailed 3-1 midway through the second but then scored three straight goals. Henrique got his 14th at 5:07 of the third when Binnington had a hard time keeping Megna’s wrist shot in his glove. The puck bobbled out of Binnington’s glove and Henrique pounced on the rebound to give the Ducks a 4-3 advantage.

Ritchie opened the scoring when he took a pass from Terry behind the net, skated out and beat Binnington on his stick side at 5:28 of the first for this ninth of the season and first since Feb. 9.

St. Louis then took the lead with a pair of power-play goals. Schenn was in front of the net and redirected Tarasenko’s pass at 8:03 for his 12th. Seven minutes later, O’Reilly put a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle past a screened Gibson for his 25th.

The Blues took a 3-1 lead at 13:53 of the second when Thomas buried a wrist shot through traffic late in the power play for his sixth.

The Ducks rallied to tie it with two goals 2:12 apart. Rakell put in a one-timer from the left faceoff circle off Troy Terry’s pass on the power play with 4:21 left. The Ducks then tied it with 2:09 remaining in the period when Megna’s wrist shot from the point went through traffic for his first NHL goal.

NOTES: The Ducks allowed three power-play goals for the second time this season, and the 15th time since 2009-10. … Anaheim D Cam Fowler played in his 606th game for the Ducks, which tied Paul Kariya for fifth in franchise history. … O’Reilly has a team-leading 65 points, which is a new career high surpassing the 64 he had in 2013-14 with Colorado. … Terry is the first Anaheim rookie to record three assists in a game since Fowler on Jan. 7, 2011 vs. Columbus.


Blues: Continue their three-game California swing Thursday night at Los Angeles.

Ducks: Host Montreal on Friday night to continue their four-game homestand.


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