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Sport Grant gets first hat trick, Ducks top Blues 4-1

07:20  17 november  2019
07:20  17 november  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Because of his hat trick , Grant in his postgame interview said he made good on a bet he made The Ducks were able to get one past Blues netminder Jordan Binnington on one of their first The goal gave Getzlaf 38 points (10g/28a) in 42 career games against the Blues , tops among active Ducks .

Derek Grant receives a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and completes his first career hat trick with an empty-net goal to make it 4 - 1 Ducks in the 3rd. ANA@STL: Grant caps first career hat trick with ENG.

ST. LOUIS (AP) Derek Grant doesn’t usually contribute so much on offense.

a group of hockey players on the snow: Anaheim Ducks' Devin Shore (29) and St. Louis Blues' Robert Thomas (18) race for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)© APWF Anaheim Ducks' Devin Shore (29) and St. Louis Blues' Robert Thomas (18) race for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Grant completed his first career hat trick, Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday night.

It was just the second multigoal game of Grant’s 229-game career and first since Oct. 20, 2017.

“I think it took me about 300 games in the American (Hockey) League to get a hat trick, too,” Grant said. “It's a cool feeling for sure, and something I'll remember.”

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  St. Louis Blues' Oskar Sundqvist fined for charging Anaheim Ducks' John Gibson Sundqvist hit Gibson in the head during a play behind the net in the Blues' 4-1 loss to the Ducks.Sundqvist, 25, hit Gibson in the head during a play behind the net halfway through St. Louis' 4-1 loss to the Ducks on Saturday. While it appeared he may have been trying to squeeze between Gibson and the endboards to avoid contact, Sundqvist left his feet and made direct contact with Gibson's head, sending Anaheim's goalie sprawling to the ice — and the Ducks after Sundqvist.

Derek Grant registered his first career NHL hat trick , powering the Ducks to a 4 - 1 victory against the Blues . ANA@STL: Grant caps first career hat trick with ENG.

Alex Pietrangelo misplays the puck, which deflects off Nicolas Deslauriers' skate to Derek Grant , who scores to make it 2-0 Ducks in the 1 st. Nov 16, 2019 • 04:59. ANA@STL: Grant caps first career hat trick with ENG.

John Gibson made 37 saves as the Ducks snapped a five-game losing streak.

Vince Dunn scored and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for the Blues, who had their nine-game points streak snapped with their first regulation loss since October 26.

a hockey game in the snow: Anaheim Ducks' Josh Mahura (76) skates off as St. Louis Blues' Vince Dunn (29) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)© APWF Anaheim Ducks' Josh Mahura (76) skates off as St. Louis Blues' Vince Dunn (29) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

“We did have some chances,” Blues forward David Perron said. “We had a lot of shots on net compared to them, but they didn’t result in goals and that means we have to do a better job, either be more in front of the goalie’s eyes or creating more second and third opportunities for other guys.”

Grant’s second of the game thwarted a Blues rally by restoring Anaheim’s two-goal lead with an unassisted short-handed goal at 7:20 of the second. Grant stole Justin Faulk’s pass to create a breakaway and beat Binnington with a backhander between his legs to make it 3-1.

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Patrik Berglund recorded his second career NHL hat trick , as the Blues moved into the final Wild Card spot with a 4 - 1 win over the Blackhawks.

Ryan Getzlaf gloves down a neutral-zone pass and skates in with Max Jones to finish a give-and-go goal, giving the Ducks a 1 -0 lead in the 1 st. ANA@STL: Grant caps first career hat trick with ENG.

“We start a lot of times in our D zone and that's the most important thing for us,” Grant said. “Obviously you want to be able to go play and use your offensive abilities and contribute, especially when we've been struggling to score goals as a team, so it's always nice to get that.”

a hockey player standing in the snow: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) watches as St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) handles the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)© APWF Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) watches as St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) handles the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

It was the fourth short-handed goal of the season for the Ducks. The Blues have given up three.

Grant finished the hat trick with an empty-netter with 1:39 left.

"That's big,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “Derek's effect on the scoreboard is usually by keeping it out of our net. For him to put three in their net is obviously huge for our group. We'll take the scoring from wherever we can right now.”

a hockey game in the snow: Anaheim Ducks' Derek Grant (38) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)© APWF Anaheim Ducks' Derek Grant (38) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Getzlaf gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game, finishing on a perfectly executed give-and-go with Max Jones. Getzlaf has 39 points in 42 career games against St. Louis.

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  Fights of the 2019-20 NHL season During melee after Brendan Leispic hit and Chandler Stephenson goal, Capitals' Garnet Hathaway spits at Ducks' Erik Gunbranson and gets match penalty.

Derek Grant steals the puck, then skates in alone and beats Jordan Binnington five-hole for a shorthanded goal to make it 3- 1 Ducks in the 2nd. ANA@STL: Grant caps first career hat trick with ENG.

Patrik Berglund recorded his first NHL hat trick and Jake Allen made 28 saves, as the Blues defeated the Canadiens, 4 -2.

"Anytime you score early on the road helps,” Getzlaf said. “You've got to take what you can get. Jonesy made a nice play. Even Ricky (Rickard Rakell) on the initial play, he kind of slowed it down and hit me coming late and it worked out for us.”

Grant made it 2-0 at the 5:41 mark, capitalizing on Alex Pietrangelo’s turnover that was caused by Nicolas Deslauriers’ check. It was Grant’s first goal in six games.

“Mistakes are going to happen,” Blues center Ryan O’Reilly said. “Obviously a couple of ones which they capitalized on right away and I think that gave them confidence.”

a group of hockey players on the snow: Anaheim Ducks' Derek Grant (38) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)© APWF Anaheim Ducks' Derek Grant (38) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Dunn got the Blues on the board with a wrister from the top of the right circle for his third goal of the season at the 3:14 mark of the second period.

NOTES: The Blues entered the game 8-0-2 against the Western Conference and were the only team in the NHL to have not lost a regulation game against a Western Conference team. ... The Ducks have won four straight in St. Louis dating to Nov. 29, 2017. ... Perron, a former Duck, played in his 800th career game and 500th as a Blue. ... Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique each had their four-game points streak snapped.

UP NEXT

Anaheim: Travels to Washington on Monday.

St. Louis: Hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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