NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at St. Louis
(Friday, April 9th)
Final Score: St. Louis 6, Anaheim 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Andy McDonald and Carlo Colaiacovo each posted a goal and two assists as St. Louis scored four times in the third period to down Anaheim, 6-3, at Scottrade Center.
Jay McClement and David Backes tallied during the late blitz for the Blues, who have won six of their last eight games and finish the regular season at Nashville on Saturday.
Keith Tkachuk, in the final home game of his 18-year career, assisted on two of those third-period tallies, while David Perron added three helpers.
"It was a special moment, as soon as I got on the ice for warmups, and it carried on all game...the signs. And I knew that we had unbelievable hockey fans, but what they did for me, I mean, I should be thanking them instead of the other way around," Tkachuk said. "So it's humbling, I'll tell you right now, it's an incredible feeling. It's sad in a way, but that's why I love St. Louis."
Chris Mason stopped 23-of-26 shots for the win.
Matt Beleskey notched a pair of goals for the Ducks, who have dropped three in a row and four of five.
Curtis McElhinney was shelled for all six goals on 48 shots in defeat.
"We just sat back and let them come at us and they capitalized," McElhinney said.
Colaiacovo's power-play blast with an assist from Tkachuk pulled the Blues even, 3-3, at 3:29 of the third period.
After coming up short on another advantage later in the period, the home team moved ahead by a goal with 3:50 to play in regulation as McClement lifted a wrister inside the right post.
Tkachuk's quick pass from the back boards in front to McDonald 23 seconds later gave the Blues a 5-3 advantage.
A late power play saw Backes follow up a loose puck and slam it past a diving McElhinney from the top of the crease to cap the burst with 2:01 remaining.
Beleskey put the Ducks on the board at 3:36 of the first, then Lars Eller equalized for the Blues at 13:58.
Eric Brewer gave St. Louis a 2-1 edge less than four minutes into the second, but Ryan drew Anaheim even at 8:25.
Beleskey picked up his second of the night with 4:25 to play in the period and the Ducks led 3-2 after 40 minutes.
The Blues finished the home portion of their schedule with six straight wins and went 18-18-5 in the Gateway City this season...Beleskey posted his first career multi-goal game...The Ducks close out 2009-10 on Sunday at home against Edmonton.
04/10 03:36:38 ET