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Big third period carries Blues past Ducks

St. Louis wins fifth in a row; Anaheim loses third straight

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Jori Lehtera and Patrik Berglund scored goals 1:04 apart early in the third period, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 at Scottrade Center on Friday.

With the win, the Blues (40-20-9) moved within one point of first place in the Central Division. They are one ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks, who lost to the first-place Dallas Stars 5-2 on Friday. The Stars host the Blues on Saturday.

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Ducks' Vatanen sidelined against Blues

Anaheim defenseman out with upper-body injury

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (37-20-9) at BLUES (39-20-9)

TV: 8 P.M. ET; FS-W, FS-MW, NHL.TV

ST. LOUIS -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen will miss the game Friday against the St. Louis Blues with an upper-body injury.

Vatanen, who had played in all 66 games for the Ducks this season, was injured in a 3-0 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. He did not practice Thursday in St. Louis and instead received treatment. He was not on the ice for an optional morning skate Friday.

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