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game recap

Blues throttle Ducks with quick-strike attack

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Blues throttle Ducks with quick-strike attack
Anaheim Ducks 1, St. Louis Blues 5
The Anaheim Ducks found themselves under siege practically from the opening faceoff Monday afternoon, and the St. Louis Blues needed just a six-second span of game action to take complete control.

David Backes and Andy McDonald set a new team record by scoring in rapid-fire succession against Jonas Hiller and the Blues outshot the Ducks by a final margin of 53-14 in a 5-1 win at Scottrade Center.

Matt D'Agostini scored twice and Brandon Crombeen had a shorthanded goal for St. Louis, which won its second straight to begin the season. Jaroslav Halak finished with 13 saves.

"They've had trouble scoring goals, so it was good for us to get off to a quick start, get on them quickly and put a couple of goals in," said Brad Boyes, who got the second assist on Backes' goal. "The quick start was something we wanted to do."

A power-play goal by Saku Koivu was the lone bright spot in another troubling performance by Anaheim, which has lost all three of its games by a combined 13-2 margin. Koivu has both of the Ducks goals, while the defense has yielded 145 shots to its opponents, an average of 46.3 per contest.

"Obviously, the sun is going to come up tomorrow -- we hope," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "What you have to do is take a self-analysis of what we can do better. There's lots of areas for us to improve in as a team."

The Blues led 2-0 less than four minutes in thanks to Backes and McDonald, who broke the previous franchise mark of two goals in seven seconds set by Don McKenney and Frank St. Marseille on Jan. 24, 1968, against the Minnesota North Stars.

Backes capitalized on an Anaheim turnover and a David Perron centering pass at 3:53 and the Blues came storming up ice on the ensuing faceoff. T.J. Oshie fed McDonald near the left circle and his wrister beat Hiller.

"To be rewarded that early, it really helps you to stick to your game plan and I thought we did a good job throughout the game to do that," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said.

Perron was in the penalty box for holding the stick when Crombeen made it 3-0 with 5:10 elapsed in the second. With the Ducks still on the power play, Koivu got them on the board at 6:08 with an unassisted goal, but D'Agostini ended Hiller's afternoon by scoring with 4:09 left in the period.

Curtis McElhinney relieved and the Blues continued to pepper the Ducks with shots. McElhinney stopped 18 of them, allowing only D'Agostini's second of the game, a power-play goal with 2:42 left in the third.

"It was full engagement from start to finish," St. Louis coach Davis Payne said. "We've been on the other end of that."

Material from wire services was used in this report. 


scoring summary
1st Period
03:53
STL
David Backes (1) ASST: David Perron (1), Brad Boyes (1)
1 - 0 STL
03:59
STL
Andy McDonald (1) ASST: T.J. Oshie (1), Patrik Berglund (1)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
05:10
STL
SHG - B.J. Crombeen (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 STL
06:08
ANA
PPG - Saku Koivu (2) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 STL
15:51
STL
Matt D'Agostini (1) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (1)
4 - 1 STL
3rd Period
17:18
STL
PPG - Matt D'Agostini (2) ASST: T.J. Oshie (2), Carlo Colaiacovo (1)
5 - 1 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:14
ANA
Paul Mara  Hooking against  Matt D'Agostini
2nd Period
03:03
ANA
Kyle Chipchura  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Reaves
03:03
STL
Ryan Reaves  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Chipchura
03:03
STL
Ryan Reaves  Game misconduct
04:54
STL
David Perron  Holding the stick against  Brendan Mikkelson
06:35
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Tripping against  Patrik Berglund
08:00
ANA
Saku Koivu  Hooking against  David Backes
11:16
STL
Matt D'Agostini  Slashing against  Bobby Ryan
13:23
ANA
George Parros  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
17:00
STL
David Perron  Roughing against  Bobby Ryan
17:00
STL
Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Corey Perry
17:00
STL
Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Corey Perry
17:00
STL
Brad Boyes  Roughing against  Paul Mara
17:00
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  David Perron
17:00
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  David Perron
17:00
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Misconduct (10 min)
17:00
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Fighting (maj) against  David Perron
17:00
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Brad Boyes
17:00
ANA
Paul Mara  Roughing against  Brad Boyes
17:00
ANA
Paul Mara  Game misconduct
17:00
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Instigator against  David Perron
3rd Period
06:48
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Troy Bodie
06:48
ANA
Troy Bodie  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  B.J. Crombeen
09:44
STL
Eric Brewer  Misconduct (10 min) against  Aaron Voros
09:44
STL
Eric Brewer  Instigator against  Aaron Voros
09:44
ANA
Aaron Voros  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Brewer
09:44
STL
Eric Brewer  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Voros
11:59
ANA
Brendan Mikkelson  Fighting (maj) against  Erik Johnson
11:59
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Misconduct (10 min)
11:59
ANA
Sheldon Brookbank  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
11:59
STL
Erik Johnson  Fighting (maj) against  Brendan Mikkelson
11:59
STL
Brad Winchester  Misconduct (10 min)
11:59
STL
Brad Winchester  Roughing against  Sheldon Brookbank
11:59
ANA
Matt Beleskey  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
14:30
STL
T.J. Oshie  Holding against  Saku Koivu
17:06
ANA
Cam Fowler  Roughing against  Alex Pietrangelo
18:20
ANA
Corey Perry  Slashing against  Barret Jackman
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
SA: 34TOI: 35:51
Saves: 30EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .882SH: 0 - 1
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 19TOI: 24:09
Saves: 18EV: 7 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .947SH: 1 - 1
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 14TOI: 60:00
Saves: 13EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0