Blues move closer to playoff spot with 3-1 win over Ducks

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Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, left, celebrates after scoring his third-period goal during a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Monday, May 3, 2021. (David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com)

Blues left winger David Perron, 57, collects the loose puck as Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (46) defends in the first period during a game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Monday, May 3, 2021. (David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com)

Tom Timmermann

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was the last player who had been with the Blues the whole season who didn’t have a goal, and don’t think he and his teammates weren’t aware of that.

“Guys tell me probably before every game that they feel like I got one tonight,” Bortuzzo said several days ago. “They keep telling me that and hopefully, eventually, someone will feel like a genius or something.”

Bortuzzo might not score many goals, but when he scores them, he picks his spot well. On Monday, with the Blues stuck in a 1-1 swamp with Anaheim, a team that was 30th in a 31-team NHL in points, Bortuzzo took a shot on goal that was blocked and, like all great goalscorers do, followed it up by driving to the net. That’s where he waited just a few moments for a feed from Jordan Kyrou from behind the goal line that he drove into the net to give the Blues the lead and send them on their…

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Tom Timmermann

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Tom Timmermann covers the St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Cardinals and international soccer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. More or less in that order.

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