ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Stewart made a two-goal debut, and the St. Louis Blues, energized by a pair of high-profile trades, just missed a franchise record with two goals in a 7-second span of the first period in a 9-3 rout of the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, playing a hand in both goals of the quick flurry that erased a two-goal deficit. It sparked a season best for scoring by three goals for a franchise that entered 13th in the Western Conference and eight points out of the final playoff spot.
The franchise record is two goals in 6 seconds, also against the Ducks on Oct. 11, 2010 at home.
Stewart was the fifth player in franchise history to score twice in his debut, getting his 14th and 15th after totaling two goals in his last 14 games with Colorado. Kevin Shattinkirk, also acquired from the Avalanche in a deal for 2006 No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson and forward Jay McClement, set up Stewart’s second goal late in the second period.
The Ducks have been vulnerable with Jonas Hiller sidelined the last three games by a recurrence of dizziness and fatigue, surrendering 21 goals. Backup Curtis McElhinney was yanked after giving up four goals on 11 shots in the first period in favor of rookie Timo Pielmeier.
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