The Blues lost 4-3 to the Ducks on Wednesday night after giving up a 3-2 lead in the third period. Anaheim’s Jason Blake scored the game winner with 5:54 to play to propel the Ducks to victory. St. Louis dominated play, outshooting Anaheim 38-22, outhitting them 25-21, and winning 35 of the 54 face-offs, but were unable to capitalize on opportunities.
The Blues got goals from David Backes, David Perron, and Jaden Schwartz, with Alex Pietrangelo tallying two assists. The weak point against Anaheim was the goaltending, as Jaroslav Halak made only 18 saves on 22 shots, recording an 81% save percentage. Across the ice, Duck’s goaltender Jonas Hiller was sensational, making 35 saves on 38 shots for an 92% save percentage, and kept the Ducks alive in the 3rd period, stopping 14 of the 15 shots.
On a positive note, Blues first round pick and recent signee Jaden Schwartz got his second goal in as many games on Wednesday. Schwartz put the Blues ahead 1-0 in the first period with a gorgeous rebound goal as he moved the puck from backhand to forehand around a defender and into the net. Schwartz capped it off with a jump into the boards as the Anaheim fans erupted with boos.
The Blues have a 1 point lead in the race for the President’s Trophy over the New York Rangers, who have a game in hand. With only 8 games to play, the Blues have 4 contests against division opponents, and are looking to sure up the top spot in the Western Conference. If standings hold, this will set up a first round playoff matchup with the Los Angeles Kings and stellar goaltender Jonathan Quick.