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Brendan Morrison's late goal lifts Ducks past Blues 4-2

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Brendan Morrison scored the go-ahead goal during a scramble in front of the net with 2:37 remaining and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Chris Kunitz added an empty-net goal, his second score of the night, with four seconds on the clock. Anaheim pulled out the win after Brad Boyes drew the Blues even at 2-2 on his power-play goal with 7:06 remaining.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves for Anaheim. A longtime St. Louis nemesis, Giguere ran his record to 9-1-2 against the Blues.

St. Louis goalie Manny Legace left after being kneed in the head late in the first period, and Chris Mason replaced him. Legace faced 11 shots and allowed one goal, and Mason gave up two goals on 24 shots.

Like Giguere against the Blues, Legace had an outstanding record against Anaheim. He was 11-2-1, with one tie in 18 career games.

Kunitz scored on a power play at 13:47 of the second period to put the Ducks up 2-1. Anaheim's George Parros and St. Louis' Brandon Crombeen had first-period goals.

Boyes' third-period slap shot sailed past a screened Giguere. The goal was Boyes' 15th of the season and his eighth point in four games.

On Kunitz's first goal, Teemu Selanne passed to Ryan Getzlaf behind the goal line on the left side, Getzlaf slid the puck across the crease, and Kunitz beat Mason on the glove side. Selanne later assisted on Morrison's goal.

After Crombeen opened the scoring 12:39 in, the Ducks quickly answered, with Parros scoring on a play that knocked Legace out of the game.

Bobby Ryan shot from the right circle and Parros - the Anaheim enforcer who's suddenly racking up points - knocked in the rebound at 13:25 for his third goal of the season. After the puck went in, Legace, sprawled on the ice, raised up just as Ryan skated past, and Ryan's knee struck him in the head. The goalie lay on the ice for several moments, then was wobbly when helped off.

The Blues got their first goal on just their second shot, although it took a while - the Ducks had outshot them 9-1 until then.

Crombeen picked up a loose puck near the Anaheim blue line, had a clear run down the right side and snapped a shot past Giguere.

Notes: Parros had never scored more than two goals in a season, and his seven points this season are a career high. ... Mason had made three consecutive starts before Legace replaced him and won two straight. ... Crombeen had his first career hat trick in Monday's 6-3 victory over Nashville. ... The Blues are missing Paul Kariya (hip) Andy McDonald (fractured leg), and T.J. Oshie (ankle sprain). ... The Ducks have 10 wins and a tie in their past 11 home games against the Blues, and are 4-0-2 in their last six meetings overall.

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