Chris Stewart scored two goals in his St. Louis Blues debut, helping pump some energy into the team after two big deals were made the day before as the Blues buried the Anaheim Ducks 9-3. Stewart found out he was traded around 11 p.m. on Friday night.
The Blues just missed a franchise record with two goals in a seven second span of the first period. T.J. Oshie had his first career two goal game with an assist, and was involved in both early first period goals that tied the game at two. Ironically, the record is two goals in 6 seconds, also against the Ducks on Oct. 11, 2010, at home.
Ducks backup goalie Curtis McElhinney was pulled after giving up four goals on 11 shots in the first period in favor of rookie Timo Pielmeier. Their top goalie Jonas Hiller is out with fatique and dizzy spells.
A total of seven goals were scored between the two teams in the first period. The Blues put the game out of reach with four more goals in the second with two coming from Stewart while on the power play.
St. Louis native Ben Bishop, who was called up late in the week after Jaroslav Halak went on injured reserve, entered the game late in the first period and made 20 saves for his first win of the season.
The Blues are back on home ice for a Monday, President’s Day matinee, against the Chicago Blackhawks.