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RECAP: Anaheim Ducks rally from 2-0 deficit, beat St. Louis Blues in OT

Mar 28, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson (42) reacts after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Manson scored in overtime to lift the visiting Anaheim Ducks over the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Adam Henrique and Cam Fowler also scored for the Ducks, who won back-to-back games for just the third time this season.

With goaltender John Gibson on the shelf again — with a lower-body injury, after making 33 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Blues Friday — the Ducks gave Anthony Stolarz his first start of the season

Stolarz stepped up with 38 saves to earn the victory.

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Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly scored and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for the Blues, who are winless (0-3-1) in their last four games.

They have not won a home game since Feb. 18, going 0-5-1 in their past six.

Blues coach Craig Berube tried to shake up his team by making winger Mike Hoffman a healthy scratch. Hoffman, a former 36-goal scorer, has tallied just once in his last 10 games.

The Blues scored first for the first time in nine games. O’Reilly forced a turnover in the Ducks zone, then redirected a backhand pass from Tarasenko into the net just 2:27 into the game.

Tarasenko put the Blues up 2-0 with a power-play goal with 4:01 left in the first period. He hammered a one-time shot from the top of the right circle for his first goal in eight games.

Fowler cut that lead in half at 8:24 of the second period. He jumped up into the play to convert Ryan Getzlaf’s pass on a 2-on-1 opportunity.

Henrique tied the game 2:13 into third period. He broke out of the Ducks zone with Max Jones after Blues forward Jordan Kyrou fell down at the right point.

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The Ducks controlled the puck through overtime and prevailed when Manson broke in alone on Binnington and lifted a backhand shot over his glove.

But the victory might have been costly. Ducks forward Rickard Rakell needed help getting off the ice after a collision with Blues forward Kyle Clifford away from the puck during the second period. He did not return.

–Field Level Media