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Belesky's tiebreaking goal late in 3rd lifts Ducks to 4-2 win over Blues

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Matt Belesky scored the go-ahead goal with 2:40 left and the Anaheim Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Thursday night.

After Belesky scored off a rebound of Corey's Perry shot, Todd Marchant followed it up with an empty-net goal at 19:17 to give the Ducks their second straight win.

Barret Jackman scored his first two goals of the season for the Blues, who have lost seven straight.

Ducks forward Bobby Ryan used defenceman Eric Brewer as a screen and scored the tying goal, with an assist from Saku Koivu, at 8:18 of the third period. It was Ryan's 20th goal and 35th point of the season.

Jackman's second of the night, and the season, gave the Blues a 2-1 lead 56 seconds into the third. He scored with a shot that ricocheted off Ducks defenceman Ryan Whitney and into the net.

St. Louis' Chris Mason made 25 saves. Jonas Hiller stopped 20 shots for Anaheim.

The Ducks got even 1-1 after failing to capitalize on a two-man advantage.

But seconds after the power play, defenceman James Wisniewski fired in a shot at 6:44 in the second period.

Missed opportunities filled the night for the Ducks. They had 29 shots and failed on five power-play chances. Anaheim has scored only once in its last 28 advantages.

The Blues, one of the NHL's lowest-scoring teams, took a 1-0 lead against defensively challenged Anaheim.

St. Louis entered ranked 26th in the league with 2.50 goals per game. Anaheim had allowed an average of 3.12 goals.

Jackman scored a short-handed goal off an assist from Jay McClement at 5:35 of the first. Jackman scored with a slap shot off a faceoff.

NOTES: Ducks winger Teemu Selanne is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday at Nashville. He has been sidelined since Dec. 3 when he broke a bone in his left hand. ... Blues forward Paul Kariya, formerly of the Ducks, missed his fifth game because of a concussion. LW Keith Tkachuck sat out after breaking teeth in a loss to Chicago on Saturday

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