Originally written on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 11/5/14
The party is officially over for the Anaheim Ducks.  While not mathematically eliminated, a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues means it is only a matter of time before the numbers do add up.

Losses to Los Angeles, Buffalo and Colorado last week made the road to the post season even more difficult.  Victories over Calgary and Edmonton helped delay the inevitable, but the latest defeat means that the Ducks have to win virtually every single game for the remainder of the season.  That would be 14 in a row to end the season.  Not happening. 

The Ducks got on the board first with a goal from Corey Perry at 4:18 of the second period.  It was Perry's 34th goal of the season.  Getting anything past Jaroslav Halak was an accomplishment.  Halak made certain nothing else went into the net.

The Blues would not be kept off the board for long.  Give them a power play or two, and that would be all they needed.  David Backes tied up the game at 11:38 with the man advantage.  Jonas Hiller kept the game tied 1-1 going into the third period, but he could not stop the Blues, who are on a hot streak right now.

Patrik Berglund's goal at 4:47 gave St. Louis their first lead of the game.  Another power play goal from Backes at 6:48 sealed the deal for the Blues. 

A late power play opportunity for the Ducks saw them pulling Hiller for a 6 on 4 advantage.  While nothing went in the empty net for the Blues, nothing went in the other end either and the Ducks saw their fourth loss in six games.

Not the way they wanted to start a three game road trip.

The Blues are now officially in first place overall in the NHL.   They switched their coach early on in the season and have since been spectacular.  Credit has to go to Ken Hitchcock for getting the Blues on the same page and having success.

What might have happened if the Ducks had switched out their coach earlier on?  Then again, Bruce Boudreau was not available earlier in the season.

So for now, the Ducks are still mired in 12th place in the Western Conference.  They are seven points out of 8th place and every single team they are chasing, with the exception of Colorado, have at least one game in hand over the Ducks. 

The Ducks only have a possible 96 points (assuming winning the rest of the way) and the teams ahead of them have four to twelve more points possible.  What can the Ducks look forward to?  Teemu Selanne having a fabulous rest of the season.  He is already tied with his boyhood ideol Jari Kurri for 19th overall at 1,398 points. 

Anaheim won't stop fighting until the math truly does play out and they are eliminated.   But truly, Selanne deserves better than this for what is likely his final season.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

FA Cup Final: Arsenal earns record 12th title in 4-0 win over Aston Villa

James Harden wants some help in the backcourt

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final with Game 7 win

Devon Still: Daughter has complications with transplant

Rivers denies report of problems with CP3 and Jordan


Orlando Magic hope Skiles can right sinking ship

Falcons waive Shembo over animal cruelty charges

Report: Tom Brady’s suspension appeal hearing set for June 23

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Scout: A-Rod 'looks like he doesn't give a (expletive)'

Belichick mum on Deflategate in first remarks since discipline

Klay Thompson's injury hurts Warriors' chances at NBA Title

Four former first-round picks playing for their NFL careers

NBA Finals: Cavs-Warriors lacks easy comparison and that's great

10 NFL storylines that headlined the past week

Blackhawks-Ducks Game 7 preview: Key players, prediction

Women’s World Cup power rankings: Which teams have the best shot at hoisting the trophy?

NBA Finals: A series 39 years in the making

WATCH: San Diego State player steals home to seal win

St. Thomas pitcher Ben Ancheff takes internet by storm

WATCH: Josh Hamilton hits first two homers of the season

Did Andrew Bogut take a shot at Mark Jackson?

$70 million Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final with Game 7 win

Devon Still's daughter has complications with transplant

$70M Reebok deal is bad for UFC fighters

If the Warriors win the title, the parade will be for Oakland

Peterson is wrong (sorta): NFL players have great power

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Four QBs set to take step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Chip Kelly: Tebow is a quarterback

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.