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Anaheim Ducks 2, St. Louis Blues 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Anaheim Ducks 2, St. Louis Blues 3 FINAL
Anaheim Ducks 2, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Two big contributions from a player on the skids put the St. Louis Blues back in the playoff picture.

Jamal Mayers scored the game-winner with his first goal in 18 games, and resisted retaliating on a charging call that helped set up the tying goal in a 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Thursday night.

``It's been a while,'' Mayers said. ``It's nice to contribute.''

Chris Pronger had three assists for the Blues, who have 83 points and are tied with the Oilers for the eighth spot in the Western Conference with six games to go in a tight four-team battle for the final two positions. At stake is their streak of 24 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest current run in professional sports.

``Definitely, we're aware of it,'' forward Pavol Demitra said. ``We're playing for the people. We've got great fans and everybody is expecting us to make it.''

The Blues were 2-for-3 on the power play after going 0-for-10 the previous three games.

``At this time of the year, your power play can win or lose games for you,'' forward Keith Tkachuk said. ``It can carry you into the playoffs.''

Mayers had one assist since his last goal, a bad-angle game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes on Feb. 16. He also entered the game with a minus-20 rating, by far the worst on the team, before scoring on a deflection of a Pronger slap shot at 8:26 of the third period.

He decided against retaliation after Vitaly Vishnevski slammed him into the boards late in the second period and was whistled for charging. The Blues ended up scoring the tying goal early in the third.

``Cooler heads prevailed,'' Mayers said. ``I didn't do anything unwise.''

Pavol Demitra had a goal and an assist and Tkachuk also scored for the Blues, who finished the season series 2-1-1 against the Mighty Ducks. St. Louis, playing on four days' rest, cranked it up in the final period after a so-so start.

Jason Krog and Rob Niedermayer scored for the Mighty Ducks, who had totaled 12 goals in winning their two previous games. In this one, they often dominated play but were frustrated by goalie Chris Osgood.

Osgood gloved the last of his 20 saves off a high slap shot from Sergei Fedorov with about eight seconds to go.

``It bent my glove back, I know that,'' Osgood said.

Krog's deflection at 11:49 of the first period of a point shot by Niclas Havelid gave the Mighty Ducks the early lead.

The Blues tied it at 37 seconds of the second period on Demitra's 22nd goal on the power play, a shot from the right circle that beat a screened Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Tkachuk lifted Giguere's stick as the puck went through.

``He knocked his stick out of his hand, that's automatic,'' Anaheim coach Barry Babcock said. ``Obviously, they missed it. That was no goal.''

Tkachuk said he didn't intend to break the rules.

``You know, it was just one of those things,'' Tkachuk said. ``I was just trying to create traffic.''

scoring summary
1st Period
11:49
ANA
Jason Krog (6) Tip-in - ASST: Niclas Havelid (20), Andy McDonald (20)
1 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
00:37
STL
PPG - Pavol Demitra (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Petr Cajanek (14), Chris Pronger (36)
1 - 1 Tie
06:39
ANA
PPG - Rob Niedermayer (12) Backhand shot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (19), Sergei Fedorov (34)
2 - 1 ANA
10:02
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (31) Tip-in - ASST: Pavol Demitra (33), Chris Pronger (37)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
08:26
STL
Jamal Mayers (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Pronger (38), Dallas Drake (22)
3 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
18:54
ANA
Joffrey Lupul  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
03:15
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Hooking
06:00
STL
Chris Pronger  Cross checking
09:48
ANA
Vitaly Vishnevski  Charging
16:45
STL
Jeff Finley  Cross checking
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 23TOI: 59:31
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0