St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 30, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson loses track of the puck as the St. Louis Blues attack in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 30, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen makes a glove save on a Anaheim Ducks shot in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 30, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen gets the puck past Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 30, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia looks to pass the puck against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 30, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(HockeyStL) -- The Blues had to fight off a 5-on-3 man advantage in the third period when both Dmirtij Jaskin and Jay Bouwmeester went to the box.
Jaskin was called for holding and while the Blues were killing off the penalty, Bouwmeester attempted to bank the puck off the glass, but instead it went straight into the stands for a delay of game call.
But the Blues were successful with big help from Jake Allen and his mitt as he was just able to get a piece of the only shot the Note gave up in the :20 5-on-3 advantage.
With about three minutes left, the Blues had to fight off the extra attacker again as the Ducks pulled their goalie. A puck got past Allen, but as it inched closer over the red line, Max Lapierre came to the rescue and back-handed the puck out of the net as gthe Blues were able to clear the puck.
Barret Jackman then took a penalty with under a minute left in the game for holding, giving the Ducks another two man advantage, but Allen came up with another incredible save to keep the shutout. And the Blues held on to win 2-0. Watch recap
Reaves blasts one to put Blues up 2-0
Having missed an open net in the first period, Ryan Reaves left no doubt as he pounded the puck into the net to put the Blues up 2-0 over Anaheim in the third period.
Reaves was set up once again by Max Lapierre as he wound up for a slap shot about twenty feet from the top of the crease and John Gibson had no chance to stop the puck before it was in the back of the net.
No goals in quiet second period
Both teams earned power plays in the second period, but neither team was able to captilize with the extra attacker.
In fact, most of the second period was kept shot-less as both teams had seven shots total through the first 15 minutes of the period. Both the Blues and Ducks ended the period with 16 and 17 total shots, respectively, but the Blues did out shoot the Ducks 9-4.
Gunnarsson tallies first point on Steen's goal
Carl Gunnarsson recorded his first point as a Blue in his first home game to help give his team the lead over the Anaheim Ducks early in the first period.
Having kept the puck in the offensive zone, Kevin Shattenkirk pushed the puck to his partner Gunnarsson who blasted a slap shot toward the net. The officials originally awarded Gunnarsson credit for the goal, but scorers later changed the goal to Alex Steen's, giving the forward two goals on the season and six points.
The Blues pounded out to a tough start against the Ducks as they are without captain David Backes, star TJ Oshie and Joakim Lindstrom. But the Blues had a spectacular chance earlier in the first as Barret Jackman and Max Lapierre set up Ryan Reaves who missed a wide open net.
Neither team could get any further scoring done in the period, but the Ducks did out shoot the Blues 13-9.