Big Road Trip for Ducks Starts with 3-1 Loss at St. Louis

Anaheim could not hold onto an early lead on the road, surrendering three unanswered goals in a 3-1 loss to the NHL-leading Blues at Scottrade Center.

Corey Perry put the Ducks in front at the 4:18 mark of the second period with his team-leading 34th goal of the season. The All-Star right wing converted on a wrist shot from the faceoff circle for this third goal in the last two games. Matt Beleskey and Ryan Getzlaf earned assists on the play.

Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh straight win.

St. Louis improved to a league-best 28-4-4 at home with their seventh win in eight games. David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for St. Louis, which is 20-1-3 in its last 24 home games.

The power play continued to be a source of frustration for the Ducks, as the special teams unit went 0-for-3 on the night. Regardless of Anaheim's recent struggles with the man-advantage, the Blues penalty kill is one of the better ones in the league (ranks ninth) and has now killed off 35 straight penalties.

The Blues have a league-leading 93 points, marking the first time they have led the NHL in points this late in the season since March 9, 2000.

Backes tied the game at 1 with a power-play goal midway through the second period. He deflected in a shot by David Perron, who assisted on two of the Blues' goals. Backes, who also added an assist, leads the team with 20 goals.

Berglund ended a 14-game scoring drought with his 14th of the season, snapping a 1-1 tie at 4:47 of the third period. He scored from in front of the net off a pass from Andy McDonald, who has 12 points in his last 14 games.

Shattenkirk pushed the lead to 3-1 just over two minutes later.

Jonas Hiller stopped 24-of-27 St. Louis shots in his 27th straight start for the Ducks. Two more games remain on Anaheim's road trip, as the club visits Dallas on Saturday and Colorado on Monday.

Notes: St. Louis has a league-leading 46 points since Jan. 1. ... The Blues are 35-0 when scoring at least three goals. ... Anaheim C Nick Bonino suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. ... Anaheim has scored two goals or less in the last nine road games. ... St. Louis had a 6-7 record when Ken Hitchcock took over for Davis Payne on Nov. 6. ... Bruce Boudreau is 22-16-6 since taking over for Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
04:18ANA Corey Perry (34) ASST: Matt Beleskey (10), Ryan Getzlaf (37) 1 - 0 ANA
11:38STL PPG - David Backes (20) ASST: David Perron (19), Alex Pietrangelo (31) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
04:47STL Patrik Berglund (14) ASST: Andy McDonald (6), Ian Cole (5) 2 - 1 STL
06:48STL PPG - David Backes (21) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (27), David Perron (20) 3 - 1 STL
Three Stars of the Game
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 20-21
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .960SH: 0-0
David Backes
David Backes
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 21:41
Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:48
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:51ANA Cam Fowler  Delay of game
12:56ANA Lubomir Visnovsky  Boarding against  Chris Stewart
2nd Period
10:10ANA Bobby Ryan  Hi-sticking against  Ian Cole
3rd Period
02:05STL B.J. Crombeen  Hooking against  Matt Beleskey
06:42ANA Cam Fowler  Slashing against  Patrik Berglund
10:28STL Alex Pietrangelo  Tripping against  Niklas Hagman
18:01STL Ian Cole  Interference against  Devante Smith-Pelly
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/32/4
Faceoff Wins2527
Blocked Shots149
Penalty Minutes86
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5L. SbisaD0012019:43
7A. CoglianoL00-10013:30
8T. SelanneR0001020:00
9B. RyanR0002219:03
10C. PerryR1013021:36
11S. KoivuC0004019:22
12N. HagmanL0002015:45
14R. PelleyC000107:51
15R. GetzlafC0113022:23
17L. VisnovskyD0010220:32
21S. BrookbankD00-11015:29
23F. BeaucheminD0002024:37
32T. LydmanD00-11015:32
33J. BlakeL00-11011:43
39M. BeleskeyL0112011:39
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77D. Smith-PellyR00-10013:49
1J. Hiller2427.88958:01
5B. JackmanD0000021:38
10A. McDonaldL0113018:57
12S. NicholC000309:19
17V. SobotkaL0002016:46
21P. BerglundC1012017:48
22K. ShattenkirkD0102023:32
23I. ColeD0111214:52
25C. StewartR00-10013:07
26B. CrombeenR000028:38
27A. PietrangeloD01-12223:23
28C. ColaiacovoD00-11016:18
32C. PorterL00-12010:29
42D. BackesR20-12021:41
44J. ArnottC0001013:23
46R. PolakD0012019:33
57D. PerronL0212018:54
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75R. ReavesR000006:01
41J. Halak2425.96060:00