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Blues 6, Ducks 2

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Eric Brewer tallied a goal and two assists and Radek Dvorak chipped in with three helpers as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Ducks 6-2 on Tuesday night at Honda Center.

The game was the 1,000th in Ducks' franchise history.

Petr Cajanek, Doug Weight, Keith Tkachuk, Jamal Mayers and Dallas Drake also scored for St. Louis which has won five of its last seven games.

Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne tallied for the Ducks who fall to 30-10-8. Their 68 standings points remain tops in the NHL.

Brewer started the scoring on the power play of the Blues on the power play at 7:44 of the first period. Brewer snuck down from his right point position into the slot and one-timed a pass from Dvorak for his second goal of the season.

St. Louis opened up a five-goal lead in the second period.

Cajanek got behind the Ducks defense and scored over Ilya Bryzgalov's right shoulder to give the Blues a 2-0 lead at 1:14 of the second.

Martin Rucinsky and Weight hooked up on a two-on-one break to make it 3-0 at 5:13 of the second. Rucinsky slid a pass to Weight who redirected the puck inside the far post.

Tkachuk notched his 15th goal of the season at with a slap shot at 10:43 to give St. Louis a 4-0 lead.

Sebastien Caron replaced Bryzgalov after Tkachuk's goal.

Mayers closed the Blues' second period scoring at 17:27 with a shorthanded slap shot from long range.

Perry added his 13th goal at 7:24 and Selanne notched his 29th goal on the power play at 12:00 of the third period to cut the Blues lead to 5-2.

With Caron pulled in favor of the extra skater during the Ducks sixth power play, Drake iced the puck at 16:22 into the empty Anaheim net to seal a 6-2 victory for the Blues.

Anaheim now hits the road to face Edmonton on Thursday and Calgary on Friday before the All Star Break.



20:00 - End of game. 

16:22 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - SHORTHANDED - DALLAS DRAKE (3).  The Ducks pull their netminder to create a 6-on-4 power play situation.  Drake ices the puck into the Anaheim net to make it 6-2.  Eric Brewer gets the assist.

15:16 - STL PEN - Dennis Wideman for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their sixth power play - they are 1-for-5 in the game.

12:00 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - TEEMU SELANNE (29).  Selanne catches a pass at the side of the net from Ric Jackman and fires a one-timer along the ice.  Assists go to Jackman and Andy McDonald on the goal that cuts the St. Louis lead to 5-2.

11:34 - STL PEN - Jamal Mayers for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their fifth power play.

8:09 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner for high sticking.  St. Louis goes on their fourth power play - they are 1-for-3.

7:24 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY (13).  Perry goes high glove with a wrister in front of Blues goalie Curtis Sanford.  Ryan Getzlaaf and Chris Kunitz get the assists.

0:00 - The third period is under way in Anaheim.


20:00 - End of 2nd period.

16:27 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - SHORTHANDED - JAMAL MAYERS (6).  Mayers beats Caron from long range with a slap shot.  The assists go to Barret Jackman and Jay McClement.

16:29 - Christian Backman for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their fourth power play.

10:43 - Sebastien Caron replaces Ilya Bryzgalov in the Anaheim net.

10:43 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - KEITH TKACHUK (15).  Tkachuk scores on a slap shot from the point after time had expired on Penner's minor.  Radek Dvorak and Eric Brewer get the assists.

8:23 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner for tripping.  St. Louis goes on their third power play - they are 1-for-2 thus far in the game.

7:00 - Anaheim's George Parros and St. Louis' Matt Walker square off in the second fight of the contest.  Both players are issued fighting majors.

5:13 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - DOUG WEIGHT (6).  On a 2-on-1 break, Martin Rucinsky waits and feeds Weight on the far post.  Weight redirects the pass in to give the Blues a 3-0 lead.  Rucinsky and Matt Walker get the assists.

1:49 - STL PEN - Christian Backman for hooking.  Anaheim goes on their third power play - they are 0-for-2 in the contest.

1:14 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - PETR CAJANEK (7).  Cajanek catches a pass from Radek Dvorak in front of the Anaheim net and buries the puck over Ilya Bryzgalov's blocker.  Dvorak and Bryce Salvador get the assists.

0:00 - The second period is under way at Honda Center.


20:00 - End of first period.

19:02 - STL PEN - Matt Walker for roughing.  Anaheim goes on their second power play.  The Ducks are 0-for-1 with the man advantage.

14:08 - STL PEN - Dennis Wideman for cross checking.  Anaheim goes on their first power play - a 4-on-3 advantage.

13:20 - ANA PEN - Teemu Selanne for high sticking.  STL PEN - Barret Jackman for hooking.  The teams skate 4-on-4.

10:26 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner for holding the stick.  St. Louis goes on their second power play - they are 1-for-1 in the game.

7:44 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - POWER PLAY - ERIC BREWER (4).  Brewer sneaks in from the point and one-times a pass from Petr Cajanek in the slot to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.  Cajanek and Radek Dvorak get the assists.

7:36 - ANA PEN - Bench minor for too many men on the ice.  St. Louis goes on their first power play of the game.

5:05 - Anaheim's Shawn Thornton and St. Louis' DJ King square off in a fight inside the Ducks' zone.  Both pugilists are issued fighting majors.

0:00 - The first period is under way at Honda Center between the Ducks and Blues.


Starters: ANA 30 G Ilya Bryzgalov, 27 D Scott Niedermayer, 21 D Sean O'Donnell, 8 RW Teemu Selanne, 19 C Andy McDonald, 14 LW Chris Kunitz; STL 1 G Curtis Sanford, 4 D Eric Brewer, 27 D Bryce Salvador, 12 RW Lee Stempniak, 18 RW Radek Dvorak, 7 LW Keith Tkachuk

Scratches: ANA 35 G JS Giguere, 43 RW Bjorn Melin, 46 LW Curtis Glencross; STL 20 D Jamie Rivers, 42 C David Backers, 74 D Jay McKee


The Anaheim Ducks haven't had much success in games decided beyond regulation this season, but that hasn't been the case against the St. Louis Blues.

The Ducks try to rebound from a shootout defeat with a sixth straight win over the Blues as the teams meet Tuesday at the Honda Center.

Anaheim (30-9-8) has lost eight of its 10 games that have gone to overtime or a shootout. Ryan Getzlaf's third-period goal forced an extra session Saturday, but the Ducks fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche.

Curtis Glencross scored Anaheim's other goal in his first NHL game, but the Ducks failed to capitalize on a 40-17 advantage in shots. Anaheim, the league leader in points with 68, has dropped six of its last eight games, with the last two defeats coming after regulation.

"We got the point in overtime, we have to learn from it and take the next step forward," said Ducks left wing Chris Kunitz, who assisted on Getzlaf's game-tying goal and managed Anaheim's only goal in the shootout.

The Ducks will try to take that step forward against the Blues (16-21-8), the last team they beat in a shootout, 6-5 on Oct. 30. Anaheim has won both matchups between these teams this season and five straight, including two in a shootout.

The Ducks have converted 29.6 percent (8-for-27) of their power-play opportunities in that five-game run and averaged 5.0 goals. They are also 6-0 with a tie in the last seven meetings in Anaheim and will look to continue that success when they take the ice for the franchise's 1,000th game.

St. Louis is coming off a shootout loss of its own, falling 5-4 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. The Blues overcame a two-goal deficit and Peter Sejna forced overtime playing in his first game of the season, but they dropped to 4-8 in games decided after regulation.

"We came in here on the road and got a point," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We're not pleased with the way it started but we're pleased with the way we battled."

St. Louis has battled to at least a point in seven of its last eight road games and is playing the second in a four-game trip. The Blues had a three-game winning streak snapped Monday, but they are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games.

St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace, who made 39 saves Monday, is 8-1 with a tie and a 1.98 goals-against average in 13 career games versus Anaheim, but hasn't faced the Ducks this season.

The Ducks remain without starting netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere (groin) and defensemen Francois Beauchemin (lacerated spleen) and Chris Pronger (broken foot). Ilya Bryzgalov has made six straight starts for the Ducks, going 2-2-2 with a 2.63 GAA, but has never made a start against the Blues. He appeared in a 3-2 defeat on Oct. 19, 2005.

St. Louis defenseman Jay McKee (lower body) is day-to-day while forward Dan Hinote (shoulder) is on injured reserve.

Anaheim is 411-436-45 with 107 ties through its first 999 games.

- Associated Press

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