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Blues top Ducks on Patrik Berglund's overtime goal

St. Louis ends 10-game losing streak at Anaheim

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Patrik Berglund scored his second goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

It's the first win at Honda Center for the Blues since Oct. 17, 2009. St. Louis was 0-9-1 in its previous 10 visits to Anaheim.

Jaden Schwartz carried the puck into the right circle, spun and fed a pass across the slot. Berglund escaped Ryan Getzlaf and deflected the puck past goaltender John Gibson for the win. It was Berglund's second two-goal game of the season.

 

WATCH: All Blues vs. Ducks highlights

 

"I think [Schwartz] made a great decision to leave the zone and regroup and get some speed going," Berglund said. "Great play by him. I just kind of went straight towards the net."

The Blues (23-16-5) won for the second time in as many nights. Backup goaltender Carter Hutton, who shut out the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, made 23 saves.

"I felt good," Hutton said. "Since after Christmas, I've been seeing the puck well. I've been working on battling and competing to find pucks while staying on my feet as long as possible. I work hard when I'm not playing. I visualize pucks and work on my tracking."

Rickard Rakell scored his 18th goal in 35 games and Gibson made 23 saves for the Ducks (24-13-9), who are 1-8 in overtime.

Anaheim failed to capitalize on what the Ducks felt were high-quality chances. But they have points in 11 of their past 12 games and said there were elements of this game they can build on.

Video: STL@ANA: Hutton turns away Ritchie's break with pad

"We had a lot of chances tonight, and it would've been nice to score a few more goals," Rakell said. "Going forward, we can take this with us. Just stay confident. We created chances. I thought we played a pretty good game. We can't get too down."

Berglund made it 1-0 at 11:03 of the second period when he beat Gibson with a sharp-angled backhand.

"I didn't think we were as effective as we should've been in the second period," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We let them dictate the play. They got a goal off a faceoff play, which is always a burr in a coach's side. We responded in the third period. We had a good effort. We've had a great little run and we're still getting points. That's the most important thing."

Rakell tied it 1-1 at 5:11 of the third period when he swept a rebound past Hutton.

Video: STL@ANA: Rakell buries rebound to tie the game

 

Goal of the game

Schwartz saw Berglund escaping his defender and speeding into the slot. He fed Berglund for the top-shelf chip shot.

Video: STL@ANA: Berglund pots second of game for OT win

 

Save of the game

Vladimir Tarasenko nearly gave the Blues a 2-0 lead early in the third period when a 2-on-1 developed and Korbinian Holzer fell to the ice trying to get a stick on the puck. But Gibson stopped Tarasenko's backhand attempt on the doorstep.

Video: STL@ANA: Gibson extends the pad to rob Tarasenko

 

Unsung performance of the game

It was a physical game that featured several big hits, but Josh Manson had more than anyone else with 10.

 

Highlight of the game

On his first goal, Berglund beat two defenders to a puck off the end boards and slipped it past Gibson so quickly the goalie didn't immediately know it was behind him.

Video: STL@ANA: Berglund chips home game's first goal

 

They said it

"That's the right way to play. Now we're competing and working for each other. We're tracking back hard to help out the [defense]. We're competing way harder. In this league you have to compete really hard to win and good results happen when you do. It'll be great to go home with the points from this trip." -- Blues forward Patrik Berglund

 

"We've played a lot of hockey and we're going to continue playing a lot of hockey for the next few weeks. It's a grind. The objective is to get points every night. We'd like two, but it's nice to get one." -- Ducks forward Kevin Bieksa

 

"There was an extra point there for us. Tonight I thought we had a decent first [period], we were kind of flat in the second, and got reset and refocused in the third. It's a tough break in overtime. We missed an assignment, but we'll move on." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Need to know

Rakell played in his 200th NHL game. … The Blues were 5-11-1 on the road before winning in San Jose and Anaheim. St. Louis is 1-12-2 at Anaheim during the past 10 years.

 

What's next

Blues: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV).

Ducks: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, PRIME, SUN, NHL.TV).

 

Video: Berglund's OT winner leads Blues past Ducks, 2-1

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