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Berglund, Halak lead Blues past Ducks 3-1

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ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 8: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks moves the puck up ice against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center  on March 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 8: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks moves the puck up ice against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on March 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 8: Jason Blake #33 of the Anaheim Ducks charges the net against Carlo Colaiacovo #28 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center  on March 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 8: Jason Blake #33 of the Anaheim Ducks charges the net against Carlo Colaiacovo #28 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on March 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh straight win to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

St. Louis improved to a league-best 28-4-4 at home with their seventh win in eight games. David Backes scored two goals for St. Louis, which is 20-1-3 in its last 24 home games.

The Blues have a league-leading 93 points, marking the first time they have led the NHL in points this late in the season since March 9, 2000.

Corey Perry scored for Anaheim, which has lost four of its last six.

Halak, who improved to 23-10-5, won six in a row from Jan. 3-21. He lost six of his first seven starts.

Berglund ended a 14-game scoring drought with his 14th of the season, snapping a 1-1 tie at 4:47 of the third period. He scored from in front of the net off a pass from Andy McDonald, who has 12 points in his last 14 games.

Backes pushed the lead to 3-1 just over two minutes later.

Perry scored his 34th of the season for the Ducks, who kicked off a three-game road trip. He converted on wrist shot from the faceoff circle at 4:18 of the second period for his 11th goal in the last 14 games.

Backes tied the game at 1 with a power-play goal midway through the second period. He deflected in a shot by David Perron, who assisted on two of the Blues' goals. Backes, who also added an assist, leads the team with 21 goals.

The Blues killed off their 35th successive power play in the third period. They have not allowed a power-play goal in the last 12 games.

Notes: St. Louis has a league-leading 46 points since Jan. 1. ... The Blues are 35-0 when scoring at least three goals. ... Anaheim C Nick Bonino suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. ... Ducks G Jonas Hiller started in his franchise-record 27th straight game. ... Anaheim has scored two goals or less in the last nine road games. ... St. Louis had a 6-7 record when Ken Hitchcock took over for Davis Payne on Nov. 6. ... Bruce Boudreau is 22-16-6 since taking over for Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30.

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