Bernier, Perry lead Ducks past Blackhawks 1-0

Cheryl Sanders
March 11, 2017

Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. If something was going to happen in the final seconds, they would surely be the guys to make it happen.

Bernier has struggled for most of the season with a 2.85 goals against average but has stepped up his game in March.

Even though they pulled out a victory (woo Scorey Perry!), the Ducks continued the trend of only showing up to play for 40 minutes rather than an entire 60. Jake Allen has given up 113 goals on 1,234 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 49 goals on 552 shots.

"Huge", said forward Ryan Reaves, who up until the end had had the evening's most unexpected performance.

"It's crunch-time right now; push for the playoffs", explained Reaves. "He's missed six games with a groin issue and we feel pretty good, he's had a pretty good year, but I didn't think he was as sharp as he's been and you could expect that in his first game back", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. They are now fighting for their lives in the playoff race holding the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference by just one point over the Kings.

The Blues will meet the New York Islanders at the Scottrade Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff.

The win was also a rare one at home for the Blues, who came in 4-10-1 at Scottrade Center since December 17.

The Blues, on the other hand just recently snapped a 5-game losing streak with back-to back wins. "Luckily our team reacted the way I wanted them to and we went on to win". He and Bortuzzo were paired together after Colton Parayko left with an undisclosed injury in the second period, leaving the Blues with just five defensemen. He passed it out to Edmundson in the far circle, who controlled the puck and shot through traffic.

"I don't know. We had chances". "That was my move, that's was the one I wanted to do, just no execution", Reaves said. Obviously when you come into this building, we know it's going to be tough. I thought our shot, either selection or net-front presence, was a little off. "So it was big for our team". "So it was a good play by him". Tarasenko scored 12 seconds into the game to hit 30 for the season, making him the first Blue since Keith Tkachuk from 2001-04 to have 30 or more goals in three straight seasons. The Blues got a goal from Stastny 24 seconds into the third period to take the lead but couldn't hold it.

The only problem was it didn't result in a goal, nor did any Hawks pressure in the Ducks zone, spoiling Oduya's first game back in a Hawks uniform. Reaves was slashed by Anaheim's Patrick Eaves as he came in on a two-on-one (with Edmundson, no less) in the third period. "There was too much going on for me, that's not my element", Reaves said of his failed third-period penalty shot. "That was fun, though".

Just 0:12 into the game, Vladimir Tarasenko sniped one past John Gibson to give the Blues an early lead. "I wasn't sure what was happening". Wagner made it 2-1 late in the first period, finishing a give-and-go by tapping a Jared Boll pass into a wide-open net. "It was pretty cool to get the crowd into it", Edmundson said.

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