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Looking Back: Blues Get 9-3 Win vs. Ducks

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

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ANAHEIM - Back on Feb. 19, 2011, the Blues beat the Ducks in dominating fashion, scoring a 9-3 victory at Scottrade Center.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first seven minutes of the contest, the Blues went on to outscore the Ducks 9-1 to finish the game.

The comeback began with a creative re-direction from Andy McDonald on a point shot from T.J. Oshie. Then, seven seconds later, the Blues won the next faceoff at center ice, broke into the Anaheim zone, and Alexander Steen fed Oshie, who roofed a backhander over the shoulder of Ducks' starting goalie Curtis McElhinney.

The time between strikes was just one-second off a franchise record, which, ironically, the Blues set against the Ducks in their first meeting of that season (Oct. 11, 2010).

The teams then exchanged goals once more before the Blues shouldered the remaining offensive burden.

The nine-goal outburst was one of 23 times in Blues history they reached that plateau, and what's more, they did it on just 23 shots. That 39.1 percent conversion rate serves as the franchise's best ever on record.

Another wrinkle in the story was the debut of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart, who had been acquired by the Blues in an early morning deal with Colorado that day. After arriving in St. Louis at 3 a.m., the pair were in the Blues locker room for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at Scottrade Center. Despite the whirlwind, both players contributed as Shattenkirk logged an assist and a +1 rating, while Stewart scored twice, then becoming the fifth player in Blues history to do so in his team debut.

While it's laughter that is usually considered to be the best medicine, it's winning that can cure fatigue.

"The deal happened at an awkward time and I was pretty tired coming into St. Louis for sure," said Shattenkirk. "I was definitely surprised by the margin of victory, especially against a great team like Anaheim. It certainly helped calm my nerves a little because it was pretty obvious that I had just come into a great situation."

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