Blues’ third-period woes continue in 3-2 loss to Ducks

ST. LOUIS – Andrew Cogliano was in the right place at the right time for the Anaheim Ducks.

Ben Street and Cogliano scored third-period goals, Ryan Miller made 29 saves, and the Ducks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday night.

Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who won for the third straight time at Enterprise Center and matched a franchise-best winning streak at St. Louis from Dec. 21, 2005, to March 31, 2007.

“I got on the forecheck and I think someone turned it over,” Cogliano said of his first goal of the season. “I was able to just get to the net and (Ryan Kessler) made a quick play at the net, and I was able to bang one in.”

Alexander Steen and Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues, and Vladimir Tarasenko had a pair of assists. Chad Johnson made 28 saves in his debut for St. Louis, which fell to 1-2-2 to start the season.

“Nowadays, you’ve got to get people in front of the net, you’ve got to get deflections on goalies and they’re a good team of doing that,” Johnson said. “They’ve always been known to get bodies to the net, and they did that tonight.”

Street erased a 2-1 deficit for the Ducks at 7:16 of the third period, tipping a Josh Manson shot from the point past Johnson.

Cogliano chipped in the eventual game-winner with 5:16 left, beating Johnson between his pads with one second remaining on an Anaheim power play.

“I don’t think I was meant to be out there on the power play,” Cogliano joked. “I think I just snuck out there. I got the power-play average up. They should be thanking me.”

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle thought putting Cogliano’s line on the ice might provide a jolt.

“We didn’t look very good,” Carlyle said. “We just put their line out, 18 seconds left, and they found a way to get one. It was good to see and it’s a difference-maker.”

Silfverberg’s team-high third goal of the season gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 1:39 left in the first. Max Comtois’ outlet pass sprung Silfverberg on a breakaway as he split the Blues’ defensive pairing of Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko and beat Johnson with a wrist shot over his glove.

Steen’s goal midway through the second period for the Blues tied the game at 1-1. After sustained pressure, Steen deflected a shot by Edmundson between the circles past Miller.

“Right now, there’s just some individual or immature mistakes that we’re making, not just the ones that end up in our net, but the ones that give them a little fuel,” Steen said. “It’s something, obviously, we’re going to have to clean up.”

Bozak’s power-play goal, his first goal as a Blue, made it 2-1 with 4:08 left in the second. It was the Blues’ fourth power-play goal in their last seven games.

Miller came up with several big saves in the third period, including two stops on a late rush by Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn.

“I felt good as we went,” Miller said. “I felt like I was skating a little bit better than in preseason. I’ve been trying to work on that. I was able to stay in the shooting lanes, something else I’ve been working on.”

NOTES: Blues D Robert Bortuzzo left the game with a lower-body injury after playing just 5:33. … Blues LW Jaden Schwartz missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Aside from Schwartz, the Blues scratched RW Chris Thorburn and D Jakub Jerabek. … Miller, who made his first start this season in goal for the Ducks, played 19 games for the Blues at the end of the 2013-14 season. … The Ducks scratched D Luke Schenn, RW Carter Rowney and C Joseph Blandisi.

UP NEXT

Anaheim: Hosts the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

St. Louis: Visits Montreal on Wednesday night.

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