Barbashev leads Blues to 4-2
win over Ducks

 The Blue Knight baseball

game scheduled for

today hosting Danville has

been cancelled.

The Next game set for

the Blue Knights is scheduled

for Thursday when

the Olney Central College

will host Kaskaskia College.

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pm.ANAHEIM, Calif.

(AP) — The St. Louis

Blues are less interested in

identifying why they've

suddenly turned things

around than they are in

simply extending their improved

play.

After losing nine of 10

and fading in the playoff

race, the Blues won their

second consecutive game

against a team they're

pursuing in the Western

Conference, beating the

Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on

Monday night.

St. Louis got goals from

four players, two days after

seven Blues scored in a

7-2 win over the Los Angeles

Kings.

"We beat two teams

we're chasing in the

standings," coach Mike

Yeo said. "We could have

put ourselves in a pretty

dire situation, bury ourselves

almost to the point

of not having a chance."

Instead, a desperate

Blues team is now one

point back of Anaheim

and Colorado for the final

playoff spot in the West.

Robert Bortuzzo, Ivan

Barbashev, Vladimir

Sobotka and Patrik

Berglund scored for the

Blues, who are uncertain

what got them going.

"I'm not actually sure,"

Bortuzzo said. "Everyone

knows they have to bring

it every night. I'm not sure

what the pinpoint was for

elevating our play, but we

have done it.

"It's one thing to work

hard, it's another thing to

work smart. And I think

we're doing that right

now."

Corey Perry and Derek

Grant scored for the

Ducks, who lost their

third straight. John Gibson

stopped 18 shots.

Anaheim had won seven

of nine before hitting its

current skid.

"There really is no reason

for it," Kevin Bieksa

said. "It's on us as players.

We have to execute with

the puck no matter the situation.

When you don't

execute against a team

like that, you get tired and

frustrated. And that's the

result."

For the second consecutive

game, the Blues

jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

Bortuzzo, a defenseman,

scored his second goal in

two games and third of

the season. Barbashev, a

forward who plays on the

fourth line, scored on a rebound

and added an assist.

"It's nice to chip in,"

Bortuzzo said. "It's a fun

atmosphere right now.

We're doing the right

things and that's why

we're getting rewarded

with goals.

"Everyone is doing their

part right now. We're getting

goals from a lot of different

sources."

The Ducks cut the St.

Louis lead to 2-1 when

Perry scored his 15th of

the season, but each time

Anaheim challenged, the

Blues responded.

"We need to understand

there is a certain type of

game that's being played

right now," Ducks coach

Randy Carlyle said. "We've

given the opposition too

many gifts. Those are

mental breakdowns that

have to be corrected."

Sobotka's goal put St.

Louis up 3-1, and after

Chris Kelly's shot deflected

off Grant to pull Anaheim

back within one, the

Ducks turned it over and

Berglund answered to put

it away.

"It just seems like we're

making the right decisions,"

said Alex

Pietrangelo, who had two

assists. "We're picking

each other up."

Jake Allen stopped 20

shots for the Blues.

"We're trending in the

right direction," Allen

said. "We still have a decent

shot to get in there

and make some noise.

Hopefully we keep going."

NOTES: The loss

snapped a nine-game

point streak for the Ducks.

. The Blues will continue

to play teams they are trying

to chase down in the

West when they next host

the Avalanche. . Anaheim's

Adam Henrique

skated in his 500th career

game.

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Blues: Return home to

play Colorado on Thursday.