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Fleury scores shootout winner, Ducks beat Blues 3-2

Anaheim Ducks' Max Comtois (53) gets physical with St. Louis Blues' Niko Mikkola (77) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May ...
Anaheim Ducks' Simon Benoit (86) defends against St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly (90) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May ...
Anaheim Ducks' Rickard Rakell (67) pressures St. Louis Blues' Justin Faulk (72) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May 5, 202...
Anaheim Ducks' Isac Lundestrom (48) pressures St. Louis Blues' Jake Walman (46) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May 5, 202...
St. Louis Blues' Justin Faulk (72) defends against Anaheim Ducks' Troy Terry (61) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May 5, 2...

Anaheim Ducks' Max Comtois (53) gets physical with St. Louis Blues' Niko Mikkola (77) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May ...

Anaheim Ducks' Simon Benoit (86) defends against St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly (90) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May ...

Anaheim Ducks' Rickard Rakell (67) pressures St. Louis Blues' Justin Faulk (72) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May 5, 202...

Anaheim Ducks' Isac Lundestrom (48) pressures St. Louis Blues' Jake Walman (46) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May 5, 202...

St. Louis Blues' Justin Faulk (72) defends against Anaheim Ducks' Troy Terry (61) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, May 5, 2...

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Haydn Fleury scored the shootout winner after also connecting in regulation in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Max Jones also scored for the Ducks. Anthony Stolarz made 25 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout.

Fleury beat Jordan Binnington with a forehand-backhand combination in the second round of the shootout. Stolarz stopped Ryan O’Reilly in the next round to secure the win.

Mike Hoffman and Kyle Clifford scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 33 saves.

The Blues entered the game with a chance to clinch the fourth playoff spot in the West Division with a win and a Los Angeles loss.

Hoffman scored his team-high seventh power play to give the Blues a 1-0 lead with 6:27 left in the first period. St. Louis has scored a power play goal in 11 of its last 12 games.

Jones tied it for the Ducks, tipping in Sam Carrick's shot with 7:03 left in the second period. It was the second goal in the last three games for Jones.

Fleury’s third goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie for the Ducks at the 2:15 mark of the third period. Troy Terry started the play by winning the puck from Jordan Kyrou in the corner and feeding Fleury in the left circle for a one-timer.

Clifford tied it back up for the Blues three minutes later, deflecting an Ivan Barbashev feed into the net for his fourth goal of the season.

FOND FAREWELL?

Ducks F David Backes played in perhaps his final game in front of his parents where his NHL career began. Backes has not made an official announcement, but he has made strong indications that he will retire after a 16-year career.

The Blues drafted Backes 62nd overall in the 2003 draft. He played his first 10 seasons in St. Louis, including five as captain. The team honored him with a video tribute midway through the first period which drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

He was named the game’s No. 1 star.

MILESTONE

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf played in his 1,100th regular-season game.

BRUISED BLUES

St. Louis forwards Vladimir Tarasenko (lower body) and Sammy Blais (upper body) were scratched. They are considered day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Ducks: At Minnesota on Friday night.

Blues: At Vegas on Friday night.

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Updated : 2021-06-24 22:40 GMT+08:00