ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Brayden Schenn and Kasperi Kapanen each scored two goals and one assist in the St. Louis Blues’ 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Jakub Vrana and Sammy Blais also scored in the first half with three goals, and Jordan Binnington made 22 saves in St. Louis’ fourth win in five games. The sixth-ranked Blues will almost certainly miss the playoffs for only the second time since 2011, but they routed the Ducks and scored at least five goals for the third time in their last six games.

Schenn secured his seventh 20-goal season of his career with his first goal, while Kapanen equaled his career-high with his fifth three-point game

Nikita Nesterenko scored his first NHL goal and John Gibson stopped 30 shots for the Ducks, who have lost four straight games. Troy Terry and Ryan Strome also scored as lottery-tied Anaheim fell 1-5-1 in their eight-game home stand in the final weeks of their fifth straight non-playoff season.

Anaheim had another miserable night that underscored its status as the NHL’s worst defensive team this year and one of its worst in recent seasons. The Ducks already set a franchise record for goals allowed, now at a league-high 297, and their goal differential is down to an NHL-worst stat of minus 108.

Terry scored his 21st goal just 1:46 after the first faceoff on a power play, but the Ducks returned it immediately 15 seconds later when their poor margin allowed Vrana to come in alone for his seventh goal.

Nesterenko, the Ducks’ 21-year-old rookie, then scored his first goal in his third NHL game by converting a short shot after a pass from Mason McTavish just 4:05 into the first half.

Nesterenko is from Brooklyn and played at Boston College. Minnesota drafted him in the sixth round in 2019, and Anaheim acquired him in a trade three weeks ago that sent John Klingberg into the wild.

Blais and Schenn put the Blues ahead late in the first round with goals 19 seconds apart, capitalizing on Anaheim’s unfortunate defense for both points.

St. Louis took a 5-2 lead after just 91 seconds of the second half when Schenn and Kapanen scored 29 seconds apart.

Terry, the Ducks’ two-time all-star forward, missed the third third with an undisclosed injury.


Blues: Sunday in Los Angeles.

Ducks: host Colorado on Monday.


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