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


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,

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,

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