The Blues had a chance to wrap up their five-game road trip with a winning record and end Anaheim’s 10-game winning streak at Honda Center on Sunday night.
The ever-productive Patrik Berglund handed the Blues a one-goal lead early in the third period with his team-high 13th goal of the season. But the Ducks tied the score 1 minute, 30 seconds later, and then scored the game-winner on the power play after a questionable penalty against the Blues.
In a battle between the Nos. 1-2 power-play units in the NHL, the first-place Ducks converted when Corey Perry redirected a shot with 14:40 remaining in regulation. Perry picked up his second of the game on an empty net with 40 seconds to play.
So the surprising Ducks, now 18-3-3 on the season, stretched their home-ice streak to 11 games and ended the Blues’ five-game trip with a record of 2-3.
There were varying opinions on how the Blues lost Sunday’s game in the third period. One view few could argue was that the team was fatigued while playing its seventh game in 11 days. They had energy, but did they have enough wherewithal?
“I don’t think we were tired; we did have a tough game (Saturday) but I think everybody looked good,” said forward Ryan Reaves, who netted Blues’ first goal Sunday. “I think it’s just been kind of the same old story: Once a team starts pushing back in the third, we kind of start fading.”
“It’s true,” Berglund said. “It’s frustrating and it’s hard to talk about now, find the words. We talk a lot about being a four-line team and we need everybody. (But) everybody wasn’t there, including myself.”
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