On Monday night, Jordan Binnington made 19 saves and the Blues improved to 5-0-1 in their last six with a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
“Coming off the road, a number of games on the road, and then coming home here, it didn’t seem like we had a lot of jump or juice,” Blues head coah Craig Berube said. “But early on in the game, I thought that we did what we had to do to defend our net, blocking shots and things like that. It wasn’t a pretty first period, but we limited them to three shots because we got in the way and blocked shots, things like that. So we did what we had to do.
“And then I thought our game got better as the game went along. It was one of those games where it wasn’t a free-flowing game, just a lot of grinding out there and things like that. But on the other side, we found a way to win and guys did a good job, I thought. Not a lot of jump in our legs tonight.”
Ryan Getzlaf was the lone scorer for Anaheim.
“Ryan has a wealth of experience. He lives his life right,” Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins said. “He’s a very good leader. He comes in every night and gives everything he has. He’s a good example. He’s not only been a very good player for us every year, but he’s been a very good mentor to our younger players.
“The guys we have in there are giving their best. When you’re playing against a playoff team in a tight game, experience is a key.”
The game was 1-1 in the third period when Robert Bortuzzo broke the knot.
“I knew we had numbers just off the rush so I could hang in a little longer and then high-end guys like ‘Tommer’ and ‘Rouzie’ are able to spin off guys and make those really in-tight plays,” Bortuzzo said. “I was expecting the puck to come below the goal line, and we score a lot of goals in that way. Just lingered a little longer than usual. Fortunately, it was able to go in and find a hole there.”
Brayden Schenn staked the Blues to a 1-0 lead in the middel frame off the power play.
“This time of year, the points we need, it’s all business and one game at a time and give it everything we have and refocus and prepare for the next one,” Binnington said.
Ryan O’Reilly added an empty-net goal to seal the deal.
John Gibson made 29 saves in the loss.