ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Derek Grant completed his first career hat trick, Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks bat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday night.
Here is post game reaction from the Blues locker room after the game.
It was just the second multigoal game of Grant’s 229-game career and first since Oct. 20, 2017.
John Gibson made 37 saves as the Ducks snapped a five-game losing streak.
Vince Dunn scored and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for the Blues, who had their nine-game points streak snapped with their first regulation loss since October 26.
Grant’s second of the game thwarted a Blues rally by restoring Anaheim’s two-goal lead with an unassisted short-handed goal at 7:20 of the second. Grant stole Justin Faulk’s pass to create a breakaway and beat Binnington with a backhander between his legs to make it 3-1.
Grant finished the hat trick with an empty-netter with 1:39 left.
It was the fourth short-handed goal of the season for the Ducks. The Blues have given up three.
Getzlaf gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game, finishing on a perfectly executed give-and-go with Max Jones. Getzlaf has 38 points in 42 career games against St. Louis.
Grant made it 2-0 at the 5:41 mark, capitalizing on Alex Pietrangelo’s turnover that was caused by Nicolas Deslauriers’ check. It was Grant’s first goal in six games.
Dunn got the Blues on the board with a wrister from the top of the right circle for his third goal of the season at the 3:14 mark of the second period.
NOTES: The Blues entered the game 8-0-2 against the Western Conference and were the only team in the NHL to have not lost a regulation game against a Western Conference team. … The Ducks have won four straight in St. Louis dating to Nov. 29, 2017. … LW David Perron, a former Duck, played in his 800th career game and 500th as a Blue. … Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique each had their four-game points streak snapped.
Anaheim: Travels to Washington on Monday.
St. Louis: Hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
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