ST. LOUIS – For a team needing one more than most, the Anaheim Ducks cannot catch a break.
Visiting the St. Louis Blues for the final matchup of a six-game road trip Wednesday, the Ducks hardly looked like a 1-5-2 team. Playing without captain Ryan Getzlaf (appendicitis), Anaheim set the tone with fast-paced, aggressive play. They even got on the board first.
But an untimely broken stick led to the Blues’ tying two-on-none score shortly after. Then late in the third, goalie Frederik Andersen saw a puck blasted by Colton Parayko deflect off the boards, hit his skate and into the net. The Blues won the game 2-1, a fifth consecutive loss for Anaheim.
“If you look at that specific (second) goal, it’s just a matter of inches,” Andersen said. “It’s one I’ve got to go in and stop or (I have to) let it go. Unfortunately it came right back into my skate.”
Pressed to describe how a goal like that can happen, Andersen…