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Chris Stewart scored 45 seconds into overtime and rookie Jake Allen made 27 saves, helping the St. Louis Blues end the Anaheim Ducks' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.
Stewart, who assisted on the Blues' other goal by Kris Russell, has seven goals and seven assists in his last seven games, including two-goal outings the previous two games. He took the lone shot of the extra period, faking Jonas Hiller with a forehand in front and then finding plenty of space with a backhander for his 14th goal of the season.
Saku Koivu scored on a first-period deflection for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who are 13-2-2 in their last 17 games to tie for the best run in franchise history. Anaheim outshot St. Louis 28-20 in regulation.
The Blues went 3-0 on their homestand, turning around early season struggles when they won just four of their first 10 in St. Louis.
Allen has won eight of his nine career starts since getting a chance to play due to Brian Elliott's slump and inconsistent performances from Jaroslav Halak.
Hiller had surrendered just two goals on 65 shots the previous two games. The Ducks had outscored opponents 14-4 during the five-game winning streak, including a 4-2 victory over St. Louis at home.
The Ducks applied heavy pressure the last several minutes of the first period and it paid off with 20 seconds to go when Bryan Allen's shot from the left point ticked off Koivu in front. Koivu ended a six-game goal drought and earned his first point in four games. Allen, initially awarded his first goal of the season, got his third assist.
The Blues tied it on Russell's first goal since April 7, 2012, at 12:42 of the second. Russell jumped into the play off the bench and caught the puck in stride off a pass from rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, who returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a concussion.
NOTES: The Ducks have outscored the opposition 33-17 in the second period. ... Corey Perry, second in scoring for the Ducks with 24 points, served the second game of a four-game suspension. ... Standing room attendance of 19,153 was the Blues' fourth sellout.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Chris Stewart scored 45 seconds into overtime and rookie Jake Allen made 27 saves, helping the St. Louis Blues end the Anaheim Ducks' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.
Stewart, who assisted on the Blues' other goal by Kris Russell, has seven goals and seven assists in his last seven games, including two-goal outings the previous...
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
Two goals and an assist from Chris Stewart and the first career shutout for St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jake Allen.
While the first part of that equation from Thursday's 3-0 win over Phoenix is entirely believable given Stewart's history, Blues fans might have had trouble believing the second part when the season began...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
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My 3 Stars for the Game
1. Jake Allen, STL. I'm OK with this one; he made the big saves when needed.
2. Chris Stewart, STL. Game winning goal, and buzzed around the net all night long.
3. Ryan Getzlaf, ANH. Solid all-around play, even if it didn't show up on the scoresheet.
Honorable mention: Vladimir Sobotka, STL (assist, 4 hits, 10-6 in the faceoff circle, ...
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