Early mistakes hurt Blues, lead to loss
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues lost, 4-1, Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
Scoring came early and often for the Ducks, who received some help from Blues mistakes. With the Ducks leading 1-0 just four minutes into the game, Jordan Binnington poorly played a puck behind the net, which allowed for an easy goal by the Ducks' Derek Grant.
Facing a two goal deficit in the second period, Blues defenseman Vince Dunn stepped up and fired a wrist shot from distance to cut the Ducks lead in half, 2-1.
However, the comeback effort was quickly stomped out by another Derek Grant goal four minutes later, pushing the Ducks to a commanding 3-1 lead.
The Blues tried endlessly to find the back of the net in the third period. They had 12 shots on goal in the period but were unable score. In total, the Blues out-shot the Ducks, 38-25.
Emptying the net late in the final period, the Blues allowed Derek Grant to escape with the puck and hit his third goal of the night to put the game away 4-1.
St. Louis has now lost three straight games, but they will play their next three games at home. The Blues remain in first place of the Central Division.
The Blues return to the ice Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 PM.