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Mighty Ducks Give St. Louis the Blues with 6-4 Victory

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored two goals, including one of Anaheim's three power-play tallies, and the Mighty Ducks rallied from an early deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 Friday night.

Selanne gave the Ducks breathing room with his second of the night and eighth of the season, beating goaltender Reinhard Divis on a breakaway with 9:04 remaining to give Anaheim a two-goal pad.

Eric Weinrich had pulled the Blues close with his first of the season, scoring on a power play 4:08 into the third period to play to make it 5-4.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who played a shaky game to that point, shut the Blues out the rest of the way. St. Louis got off 28 shots against him, while the Ducks had 39 against Divis, including 23 in the opening period.

The Blues scored twice in the opening 7:28, but the Ducks answered with three goals within a six-minute span later in the period and led the rest of the way.

In the third period, Rob Niedermayer's goal, on an assist from his brother Scott during a power play, had given the Ducks a 5-3 lead 1:09 in.

The Blues' Doug Weight trimmed St. Louis' deficit to 4-3 when he beat Giguere at close range, poking a shot past the sprawling goalie at 18:52 of the second period.

Petr Sykora gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead with a pinpoint slap shot from the left circle 2:26 into the second period. Skating full speed, he threaded the puck past Divis on the glove side, just inside the right post, for his third goal.

Jonathan Hedstrom gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead on a breakaway during a power play, faking Divis toward the left post, then flipping a backhander past him inside the right post at 16:38 of the first. It was his second goal of the season.

Selanne had evened it at 2 when he scored during a scramble in front of the crease during a power play at 14:42.

Four minutes earlier, Joffrey Lupul got his sixth goal to begin the Ducks' comeback.

The Ducks' 23 shots in the opening 20 minutes were their most ever for a first period and second only to the 26 they recorded in a different frame against Florida in 1994.

The Blues got off eight shots in the first.

Eric Brewer's slap shot from 25 feet gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead just 43 seconds in. Scott Young made it 2-0 with his shot from the right circle at 7:28.

Game notes

Hedstrom also had an assist for his first multipoint game. ... Blues LW Keith Tkachuk will be out three-to-five weeks with cracked ribs. He had an MRI exam Thursday that revealed the injury. Tkachuk was hit by a stick in the midsection during a 4-1 loss to Nashville on Oct. 15 and has played just two games this season. ... The win was Giguere's second in a row since he returned from sitting out three games with a groin injury.

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