ST. LOUIS -- What was supposed to be a clash of Western Conference giants was quickly squashed by the Anaheim Ducks.
Ryan Getzlaf extended his points streak to 13 games with a goal and an assist as the Ducks handed the St. Louis Blues only their second regulation loss of the season at home with a 5-2 victory Saturday night at Scottrade Center. The victory gave the Ducks six points in their last four games and two in 24 hours following a 3-2 shootout win last night in Chicago.
The Ducks (20-7-5) got goals by Andrew Cogliano, Corey Perry and Getzlaf in the opening 7:29. Perry and Getzlaf scored in a 1:53 span to chase Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Nick Bonino and Cogliano had a goal and an assist and rookie Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots to improve to 8-1-0. The Ducks, who beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout Friday night, are 5-1-2 in their past eight games.
"We played four of the best teams and came out with six points," said Nick Bonino. "I think right now everybody is pretty happy. I can’t wait to get into the locker room."
Jaden Schwartz and Patrik Berglund scored third-period for the Blues, who fell to 12-2-2 on home ice. The Blues (19-6-3) have dropped three of four games and are 0-for-California this season; four of their six regulation losses have come against the Ducks, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks, who've beaten them twice.
The Ducks won for the first time in regulation in St. Louis the past nine games. Their last regulation win here was a 4-3 victory on Dec. 28, 2008.
"I thought we were in good control for most of the game," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. "Even though the play was in our zone I thought we were in good control of the game."
Cogliano opened the scoring 1:10 into the game when his centering feed to Saku Koivu caromed off the left skate of Blues defenseman Barret Jackman and between Halak's skates.
Perry's power-play goal came after a delay of game penalty to Alex Pietrangelo when Perry deflected Getzlaf's high shot from the slot past Halak at 5:36 for a 2-0 lead.
After a David Backes turnover, Getzlaf chased Halak when his wrister from the right circle beat the Blues' goaltender at 7:29. Halak was replaced by Brian Elliott after allowing three goals on eight shots.
Getzlaf has 10 goals and 10 assists in his past 13 games. In the Ducks' past 11 games, he has six goals and eight assists. Getzlaf missed three games with an upper-body injury that broke up his points streak.
The Blues had a pair of four-minute power plays, one in each of the first two periods, but came up empty-handed. Vladimir Sobotka was high-sticked by Patrick Maroon, then again by Sami Vatanen.
The Blues had five shots during the first four-minute advantage but had no shots on the second high-sticking call.
Bonino scored with 2:44 left in the second period to give the Ducks a 4-0 lead, getting a feed at the left side of the net from St. Louis native Maroon. Bonino now has 10 points in nine games.
Schwartz got the Blues on the board 1:18 into the third period when he jammed in T.J. Oshie's wraparound pass to the left post to cut the Ducks' lead to 4-1. Schwartz now has nine points in eight of the past nine games (four goals, five assists). The assist was Oshie's seventh point in seven games (six assists).
Rookie netminder Andersen improved his stellar record to 8-1-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .938 SV%.
"Me and Rolly [Ducks goaltending consultant Dwayne Roloson] have been working hard in practice getting ready for games," he said. "I think that’s some of his credit, too. You want to work really hard in practice and be ready."
Adds Andersen, "It’s really fun playing on a team this good, and it’s a big part of the success I’m having, too. It’s the guys in the room. It’s really fun winning."
Mark Fistric added an empty-net goal with 1:48 remaining to seal the victory.