For the St. Louis Blues, last night was a special one as it would be the final home game for 38 year old forward Keith Tkachuk who announced earlier last week he was retiring at the end of the season. The Blues sent ‘Walt’ out a winner as they beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3.
Anaheim would take a 1-0 lead early in the first period. That goal would be answered later in the period by the Blues’ Lars Ellar, who was just called up from Peoria.
In the second, Eric Brewer would give the Blues a 2-1 lead. The Ducks would then score two goals in a span of about seven minutes to take a 3-2 lead into the final period.
At the 3:29 mark of the third, Tkachuk would not get a goal, but did get an assist on the game tying goal scored by Carlo Colaiacovo. Jay McClement would then get the go ahead goal at the 16:10 mark of the third.
Less than 30 seconds later, Andy McDonald would put in another one for the Note. Tkachuk would get another assist on this goal. The Blues finished out the scoring with a goal by David Backes.
After the game, Tkachuk was honored by the Blues for his nine years with the team. On the ice with his wife and children, he told the crowd that they would be seeing him in St. Louis for the rest of his life.
The Blues will finish the 2009-2010 season tonight in Nashville against the Predators. St. Louis Blues game time is 7:00.