Jordan Kiru #25 of St. Louis The St. Louis Blues and Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks face off in the 26th. March 20, 2021 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo: Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)
Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 33 shots in Game 1 after missing five with a lower-body injury. Goals by Derek Grant and Richard Rakell in the final 63 seconds gave the Ducks their second win in nine games.
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Ryan O’Reilly scored for St. Louis. St. Louis has lost three consecutive games and six consecutive home games.
The Blues have won six consecutive games and eight of the last nine meetings against the Ducks, including the first four meetings of the season.
Anaheim took a two goal lead into the second period.
The Steel scored the first goal at 2:23 when the puck fell off Caron’s skate. Jakob Silfverberg threw the puck out of a corner. The steel was in front of the net. The puck hit his skate and was accidentally deflected off Jordan Binnington. This is the eighth consecutive game in which the Blues have conceded the first goal.
Anaheim made it 2-0 when Max Jones scored at 19:07. Torey Krug sends the puck to Ryan Getzlaf in the corner. He passed the puck to Jones, who was able to get around Binnington.
Binnington played back-to-back games for the first time this season and lost both games. Binnington, who made 20 saves, dropped to 10-10-4 overall and 4-2 against the Ducks. Binnington played once last season, lost and then won.
O’Reilly scored at 10:50 of the third period after a late hooking penalty to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead. A 6-on-5 goal ended a 144:08 scoreless streak for the Blues.
The St. Louis Blues honor the life of the late Bobby Plager with a jersey bracelet featuring his retired number 5 surrounded by a blue heart. The patch will be applied to every game for the rest of the season. Plager was the first Blue and played 616 games for St. Louis. Louis, scored 20 goals and provided 121 assists. Plager, known for his famous hip check, served the Blues for more than 50 years after retiring as a player in various capacities, including head coach, scout and community ambassador. Plager died Wednesday at the age of 78. During the warm up before the game, the Blues Plagers wore former 5th jersey from the team’s first season. Before the game, a video of Plager with his family was recorded on the scoreboard.
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Anaheim’s Jamie Drysdale suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return to the game. …Dee Colton Parayko (back) of the Blues returned to action Friday. He did it on the 15th. Missed 18 games in February. Parayko, who played 16 games this season with one goal and seven assists, is now listed as day-to-day. … The Duck F Sonny Milano (upper body) continues to be daily. He missed 12 games.
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Four Anaheim players – Danton Heinen, Ben Hutton, Jacob Larsson and backup goalie Anthony Stolarz – returned to the lineup. They were on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, which was later found to be false positive.
The Ducks acquired right winger Alexander Volkov from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Antoine Moranda and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2023. Volkov, 23, won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2020. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound forward has already played in 19 games for the Lightning this season.
On Friday, Enterprise Center capacity was increased to 4,100.
Ducks stay in St. Louis St. Louis to play the Blues on Sunday.
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