Anaheim Ducks

Late St. Louis goals dish out the Blues

THE ANAHEIM DUCKS lost 5-4 to the St. Louis Blues Wednesday night at Honda Center (Shutterstock).

By Pete Zarustica

After a modest two-game winning streak, the Anaheim Ducks lost a game they could have won, falling 5-4 to the St. Louis Blues Wednesday at Honda Center. 

The Ducks led 4-3 in the third period, but were overpowered by two late goals within a few seconds of each other. The loss dropped the Ducks to 26-33-9, worth 61 points. They remain in seventh place in the NHL Pacific Division.

Anaheim got scores from Nick Ritchie, Rickard Rakell, Jakob Megna – his first NHL tally – and Adam Henrique, the latter giving the Ducks a one-goal edge at 5:07 that lasted until the last 65 seconds of the game.

Then, the Canadiens’ Robert Thomas scored at 18:56 to tie the game up. The winner came when Alex Pietrangelo’s slap shot bounced off Henrique’s skate and into the goal at 19:08.

Ducks assistant coach Marty Wilford blamed it on “A couple lucky bounces, really. Off the end wall and off the skate. They played extremely hard and had a chance to win playing a team sitting here waiting for us. We threw everything at them. Just some unlucky bounces that were out of our control.”

The Ducks are next in action on Friday hosting the Montreal Canadiens and then on Sunday hosting the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center.

OTHER NHL SCORES:

• Washington 5, Philadelphia 3

• Vancouver 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

• Las Vegas 3, Calgary 2.

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