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Tkachuk goes out a winner as Blues top Ducks 6-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Tkachuk goes out a winner as Blues top Ducks 6-3
Anaheim Ducks 3, St. Louis Blues 6
Keith Tkachuk said goodbye to the NHL with a pair of assists in the last game of his career as the St. Louis Blues beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Friday night in their final home game of the season.

Tkachuk announced Wednesday that he is retiring after 19 seasons, the last nine spent in St. Louis except for a month with Atlanta in 2006-07.

Tkachuk had both of his assists in the third period, when the Blues scored four times to erase a 3-2 deficit. His first assist came on Carlo Colaiacovo's power-play goal at 3:29 that tied the game. After Jay McClement put St. Louis ahead with 3:50 remaining, Tkachuk set up Andrew McDonald's 24th of the season 33 seconds later.

David Backes added an insurance goal with 2:01 remaining.

"It was a special moment as soon as I got on the ice in warmups and it carried on all game," Tkachuk said of his final NHL game. "The way it ended, you couldn't have scripted it better. It was incredible."

Tkachuk was honored in a post-game ceremony, taking a lap around the Scottrade Center ice with his three children.

"Words can't express how I feel right now," an emotional Tkachuk said. "I owe the game of hockey and the fans everything. They don't owe me anything."

Tkachuk finished his NHL career with 538 goals and 1,065 points in 1,201 games -- and the admiration and respect of his teammates.

"I'm proud to have been a teammate of his," goalie Chris Mason said.

A prototype power forward in his prime, Tkachuk is one of only four players to accumulate 1,000 points and 2,000 penalty minutes.

"I was there for his first game and I guess I'm here for his last game," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, a former teammate of Tkachuk's with the Winnipeg Jets. "Keith's been a competitor a long, long time."

Among the tributes to Tkachuk during the game was a fan sign that read "Thanks for the Teeth, Walt." -- a reference to Tkachuk losing four teeth and undergoing seven root canals after taking the puck in the mouth from the stick of teammate T.J. Oshie earlier in the season. He got the nickname "Walt" because his name is pronounced the same way as former New York Rangers center Walt Tkaczuk.

Matt Beleskey had two goals for Anaheim, which ends its season at home against Edmonton on Sunday. The second, at 15:35 of the second period, put the Ducks ahead 3-2.

The Blues won their last six home games but still wound up at 18-18-5 at Scottrade Center, among the worst home records in the NHL and the biggest reason they couldn't repeat last season's playoff drive.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
scoring summary
1st Period
03:36
ANA
Matt Beleskey (9) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 ANA
13:58
STL
Lars Eller (2) ASST: Jonas Junland (1), Carlo Colaiacovo (24)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:49
STL
Eric Brewer (8) ASST: David Perron (25), Andy McDonald (32)
2 - 1 STL
08:25
ANA
Bobby Ryan (35) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
15:35
ANA
Matt Beleskey (10) ASST: Corey Perry (48), Bobby Ryan (29)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
03:29
STL
PPG - Carlo Colaiacovo (7) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (18), Andy McDonald (33)
3 - 3 Tie
16:10
STL
Jay McClement (11) ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (25), Mike Weaver (9)
4 - 3 STL
16:33
STL
Andy McDonald (24) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (19), David Perron (26)
5 - 3 STL
17:59
STL
PPG - David Backes (16) ASST: David Perron (27), Jonas Junland (2)
6 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:36
STL
David Backes  Interference against  Kyle Chipchura
12:42
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
12:42
ANA
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
2nd Period
01:08
ANA
Ryan Carter  Roughing against  B.J. Crombeen
17:04
STL
David Perron  Tripping against  Brendan Mikkelson
18:39
STL
Eric Brewer  Roughing against  Nick Bonino
18:39
ANA
Nick Bonino  Roughing against  Eric Brewer
3rd Period
02:41
ANA
Kyle Chipchura  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
08:04
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Roughing against  David Backes
17:05
STL
Eric Brewer  Cross checking against  Sheldon Brookbank
17:05
STL
Eric Brewer  Roughing against  Sheldon Brookbank
17:05
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Roughing against  Eric Brewer
17:05
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Roughing against  Eric Brewer
17:05
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Misconduct (10 min)
17:05
ANA
Brendan Mikkelson  Roughing against  Eric Brewer
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 48TOI: 59:36
Saves: 42EV: 33 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .885SH: 2 - 2