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“You'd like to say, ‘Those things happen,' but we haven't seen them happen and we don't want to see them happen again,” Ducks Coach
Each of the Blues' goals in the third were unassisted as St. Louis (40-20-9) won its fifth consecutive game while the Ducks (37-21-9) lost their second straight after a 12-0-2 run and remained one point behind the first-place Kings in the
Fowler has spoken of discomfort and a loss of some peripheral vision because of his use of a full clear mask he's worn since getting hit on the nose this month, and Boudreau said the hindrance might've contributed to Fowler miscues that led to two Blues goals, including Jori Lehtera's go-ahead shot 1 minute 55 seconds into the third.
"I'm thinking the shield is affecting him … he's trying to be too perfect," Boudreau said.
On Lehtera's goal, Fowler lost the puck behind the net and St. Louis forward
Sixty four seconds after Lehtera's goal, Manson committed a giveaway from behind the net that Blues center
Then, Fowler, who was minus-four on the night, watched
"That's certainly not something we're accustomed to doing," Fowler said of the lapses. "Systematically, we played hard. A few breakdowns in the third period is the difference in the game."
In a meeting of the NHL's top two penalty-killing teams, the Ducks scored first on a two-man advantage 5:17 into the second period. A shot by
But after the Ducks killed two penalties, Andersen was beaten at even strength when Blues defenseman
Andersen took stock of the end of two impressive streaks on the two-game road swing as a three-game homestand begins Monday against New Jersey.
"[Tied] going to the third, we'll take that on the road, but they capitalized in the right spots," Andersen said. "We went through this early in the year. We know we have it in here, what kind of players we have. Given that experience, we've got to use that to come out of this ... push at all times."