NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at St. Louis
(Saturday, March 31st)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Andy McDonald scored twice, including the game-winner 25 seconds into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks notched a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
The Ducks moved into a tie with idle Detroit, at 106 points, for the top seed in the Western Conference, and are just a point back of Buffalo for the top spot in the league.
Scott Niedermayer had a goal and assist for Anaheim, which won its third straight. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 20 shots for the Ducks, including stoning the Blues on two breakaways late in regulation to give his team a chance to win it in overtime.
David Backes and Lee Stempniak scored for the Blues, who have lost three of four. St. Louis, heading to another early offseason, completed its home schedule with the loss. The Blues' last four games are all on the road. Jason Bacashihua stopped 24 shots for St. Louis.
"The team played well, we came back from a couple of deficits, and had a couple of chances to win the game late," said Stempniak, "but you gotta give Giguere credit."
The overtime was a quick one, as Niedermayer found McDonald streaking through the St. Louis zone, and McDonald flipped the puck past Bacashihua to win it for Anaheim.
"It was a tough loss for us tonight," said Backes. "We played well all game, and wanted to win it for the fans, being the last home game."
Niedermayer scored his 14th goal of the year just two minutes in, putting the Ducks up 1-0. Backes answered at 14:07, tying the game at 1-1.
McDonald's first score, also with the man advantage, again handed the Ducks a one-goal lead, at 2-1 with 9:15 left in the middle stanza. Stempniak had the answer for the Blues, though, tying the game at 2-2 6:53 in to the final period.
Anaheim moved to 31-1-4 when leading after 2 periods this season...Anaheim's first two power plays ended with scores, running a streak of power-play scores to five straight. The streak ended with a scoreless power play late in the second period.
03/31 23:25:11 ET