Tago­v­ailoa out for sea­son

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By JOE HAR­RIS

What was planned to be the last se­ries of the day for Tua Tago­v­ailoa ended in the fi­nal play of his sea­son — and maybe his Alabama ca­reer. The Crim­son Tide’s star quar­ter­back will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter dis­lo­cat­ing his right hip in the first half of No. 4 Alabama’s 38-7 vic­tory over Mis­sis­sippi State on Satur­day. Tago­v­ailoa, the po­ten­tial top pick in April’s NFL draft, was in­jured while be­ing dragged down by two Bull­dogs late in the first half.

ST. LOUIS — Derek Grant doesn’t usu­ally con­trib­ute so much on of­fense.

Grant com­pleted his first ca­reer hat trick, Ryan Get­zlaf added a goal and an as­sist, and the Ana­heim Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Satur­day night.

It was just the sec­ond multi­goal game of Grant’s 229-game ca­reer and first since Oct. 20, 2017.

“I think it took me about 300 games in the Amer­i­can (Hockey) League to get a hat trick, too,” Grant said. “It’s a cool feel­ing for sure, and some­thing I’ll re­mem­ber.”

John Gib­son made 37 saves as the Ducks snapped a fiveg­ame los­ing streak.

Vince Dunn scored and Jor­dan Bin­ning­ton made 21 saves for the Blues, who had their nine-game points streak snapped with their first reg­u­la­tion loss since Oc­to­ber 26.

“We did have some chances,” Blues for­ward David Per­ron said. “We had a lot of shots on net com­pared to them, but they didn’t re­sult in goals and that means we have to do a better job, ei­ther be more in front of the goalie’s eyes or cre­at­ing more sec­ond and third op­por­tu­ni­ties for other guys.”

Grant’s sec­ond of the game thwarted a Blues rally by restor­ing Ana­heim’s two-goal lead with an unas­sisted short-handed goal at 7:20 of the sec­ond. Grant stole Justin Faulk’s pass to cre­ate a break­away and beat Bin­ning­ton with a back­han­der be­tween his legs to make it 3-1.

“We start a lot of times in our D zone and that’s the most im­por­tant thing for us,” Grant said. “Ob­vi­ously you want to be able to go play and use your of­fen­sive abil­i­ties and con­trib­ute, es­pe­cially when we’ve been strug­gling to score goals as a team, so it’s al­ways nice to get that.”

It was the fourth short-handed goal of the sea­son for the Ducks. The Blues have given up three.

Grant fin­ished the hat trick with an empty-net­ter with 1:39 left.

“That’s big,” Ducks coach Dal­las Eakins said. “Derek’s ef­fect on the score­board is usu­ally by keep­ing it out of our net. For him to put three in their net is ob­vi­ously huge for our group. We’ll take the scor­ing from wher­ever we can right now.”

Get­zlaf gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead four min­utes into the game, fin­ish­ing on a per­fectly ex­e­cuted give-and-go with Max Jones. Get­zlaf has 39 points in 42 ca­reer games against St. Louis.

“Any­time you score early on the road helps,” Get­zlaf said. “You’ve got to take what you can get. Jonesy made a nice play. Even Ricky (Rickard Rakell) on the ini­tial play, he kind of slowed it down and hit me com­ing late and it worked out for us.”

Grant made it 2-0 at the 5:41 mark, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on Alex Pi­etrangelo’s turnover that was caused by Ni­co­las Des­lau­ri­ers’ check. It was Grant’s first goal in six games.

“Mis­takes are go­ing to hap­pen,” Blues cen­ter Ryan O’Reilly said. “Ob­vi­ously a cou­ple of ones which they cap­i­tal­ized on right away and I think that gave them con­fi­dence.”

Dunn got the Blues on the board with a wris­ter from the top of the right cir­cle for his third goal of the sea­son at the 3:14 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod.

NOTES: The Blues en­tered the game 8-0-2 against the Western Con­fer­ence and were the only team in the NHL to have not lost a reg­u­la­tion game against a Western Con­fer­ence team. ... The Ducks have won four straight in St. Louis dat­ing to Nov. 29, 2017. ... Per­ron, a for­mer Duck, played in his 800th ca­reer game and 500th as a Blue. ... Jakob Sil­fver­berg and Adam Hen­rique each had their four-game points streak snapped.


Ana­heim: Trav­els to Wash­ing­ton on Mon­day.

St. Louis: Hosts Tampa Bay on Tues­day.

As­so­ci­ated Press

NET Ana­heim Ducks’ Derek Grant (38) scores a goal against St. Louis Blues goal­tender Jor­dan Bin­ning­ton dur­ing a game on Satur­day in St. Louis.

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