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Grant hat trick helps Ducks end Blues point streak at nine

Gibson makes 37 saves for Anaheim, which had been 0-3-2 in past five games

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Grant's hat trick

ANA@STL: Grant records first career hat trick in win

Derek Grant scores a goal in all three periods, leading the Ducks to a 4-1 win against the Blues with his first career hat trick

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ST. LOUIS -- Derek Grant had his first NHL hat trick and John Gibson made 37 saves for the Anaheim Ducks, who ended the St. Louis Blues' nine-game point streak with a 4-1 win at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

"I think it took me about 300 games in the American [Hockey] League to get a hat trick too," Grant said. "It's a cool feeling for sure and something I'll remember.

"I only had one in the [AHL] and I think I had about 50 two-goal games before I finally got one and it was against Binghamton, who I had played most of my games with at the time. That was a cool one for sure."

 

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Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist for Anaheim (10-9-2), which was 0-3-2 its past five games.

"Those guys (like Grant), they've been battling for us, playing really good hockey," Getzlaf said. "To see one of them get rewarded like that is awesome."

Vince Dunn scored, and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for the Blues (12-4-5), who were 7-0-2 in the streak.

"I don't think we had the energy that we needed to have the last couple games," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "I think we could have played a little bit smarter tonight. It's always tough on the second of back-to-backs. We kind of gave them everything they got."

Getzlaf made it 1-0 at 4:00 of the first period off a 2-on-1 with Max Jones after Getzlaf initially gloved forward Rickard Rakell's flip pass out of the zone.

Video: ANA@STL: Getzlaf, Jones team up for 2-on-1 strike

Grant scored off a Blues turnover behind their net to make it 2-0 at 5:41. Pietrangelo tried to backhand a pass to Ivan Barbashev, but it caromed off Nicolas Deslauriers' skate to Grant in front.

"It's always nice to score," Grant said. "When we get ready for games, our line, our first mindset is to be hard to play against, [and] second, be good in the D-zone. We start a lot of times in our D-zone and that's the most important thing for us. Obviously you want to be able to go play and use your offensive abilities and contribute, especially when we've been struggling to score goals as a team, so it's always nice to get that."

Dunn scored at 3:14 of the second period to cut the Ducks lead to 2-1, but Grant's second of the game came on a shorthanded breakaway after a Justin Faulk giveaway at 7:20 to make it 3-1.

"It was only two mistakes for me defensively," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "... We use (the drop pass) a lot. It works pretty well. It was just a mistake."

Grant completed the hat trick, scoring into an empty net at 18:21 of the third period for the 4-1 final.

"Derek's effect on the scoreboard is usually by keeping it out of our net," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "For him to put three in their net is obviously huge for our group. We'll take the scoring from wherever we can right now."

Video: Enterprise Hat Trick: Derek Grant nets three vs. STL

 

They said it

"I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a couple times in the last few games. ... I thought a couple games we've had leads or been in a good spot to win games and we just make a little mistake here or there that ends up in the back of our net and we end up losing the game because of it. I thought we did a good job in a tight game closing this one out, and I thought everyone played well." -- Ducks forward Derek Grant on ending the five-game winless streak

"We had some opportunities and we didn't bury it. They got the lead and it was tough. All they did was just shoot the puck out of the zone and chase it down and try to kill momentum, but we have to find a way to put the puck in the net." -- Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly

 

Need to know

Getzlaf has 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) in 42 career games against St. Louis. ... Blues forward Klim Kostin, the No. 31 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut. He tied for the Blues lead in hits with four and had two shots on goal in 11:45. ... Blues forward David Perron played in his 800th NHL game, 500th with the Blues. 

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Washington Capitals on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NBCSWA, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

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