ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Kesler tied the score on a power play with his second goal of the game early in the third period, Ryan Getzlaf got the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 Friday night.
Ryan Reaves, Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri scored for the Blues, who have lost five in a row (0-2-3) for the first time since dropping their final six of the 2013-14 season. They were coming off back-to-back overtime losses to Ottawa and Colorado in which they squandered two-goal leads in both games — and did it again against the Ducks.
The Blues have lost 10 straight games in Anaheim since Oct. 17, 2009.
The Ducks were trailing 3-1 when Perry scored his team-high 15th goal on a screened 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle with just more than 3 minutes to go in the second period.
Anaheim outshot St. Louis 19-2 in the third and tied it on a 30-foot wrist shot that beat Brian Elliott to the short side 4:32 into the period. It was his seventh goal this season and fourth in four many games.
St. Louis played the final two periods without centre Paul Stastny and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester because of upper body injuries. Bouwmeester was hurt when he was slammed against the glass by Getzlaf in the Blues’ zone with 5:28 left in the first.
St. Louis outshot Anaheim 17-5 in the second period and scored three times to take the lead. However, Blues starting goalie Jake Allen was forced to leave the game at 7:03 of the period while his teammates were still celebrating the goal by Brouwer that put them ahead 2-1.
Allen sustained a lower body injury moments earlier when teammate Colton Parayko checked Perry into him in the crease. Elliott replaced Allen and stopped 27 shots the rest of the way.
Brouwer’s eighth goal came on a 20-foot wrist shot from the left circle, after he got the puck from Joel Edmundson in front of the Blues’ bench during a line change and beat Gibson to the stick side.
Fabbri then went in alone on Gibson after a Ducks turnover in the neutral zone and increased the margin to 3-1 with a short backhander at with 3:35 left in themiddle period. Perry started the Ducks’ comeback just 31 seconds later.
The Ducks, coming off their league-worst eighth shutout loss of the season, opened the scoring at the 3-minute mark of the first. Kesler carried the puck out from behind the St. Louis net and around the outside of the left circle before finding an open lane in the slot and beating Allen to the glove side with a 25-foot wrist shot.
Reaves tied it at 2:36 of the second with his second goal of the season, skating through the right circle and taking a seemingly harmless 20-foot wrist shot that snuck underneath Gibson’s outstretched right leg.
NOTES: For the first time in 27 games, the Ducks had more power-play opportunities than their opponent (5-4). … The Blues have scored no more than three goals in 27 of their last 30 games. … The Blues have allowed eight power play goals in their last 12 games, after killing off all 21 short-handed situations over the previous nine. … St. Louis was 0 for 4 on the power play. They came in with the league’s best power-play conversion percentage in road games (29.2), but were facing a penalty-killing unit that had the NHL’s best percentage (89.1).