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Getzlaf remains hot in Ducks' win

by Brian Compton /
Ryan Getzlaf is on such a streak, he can score from anywhere on the ice.


Getzlaf scored twice -- the second was an empty-net tally from 190 feet away -- and added an assist as the Anaheim Ducks extended their points streak to 9 games with a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues at the Honda Center on Wednesday.

With three more points, Getzlaf is now tied for the NHL lead in points (18) with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. His play has played a major role in Anaheim's resurgence after a slow start, as the Ducks are 8-0-1 in their last nine games.

Getzlaf isn't the only Duck on a tear. Teemu Selanne has an 8-game point streak, notching 8 goals and 5 assists during that span. Although they don't skate together, Getzlaf, Selanne and Corey Perry combined for 10 goals and 18 assists just last week alone. Selanne scored on Anaheim's lone power play on Wednesday night.

"It's something where things are clicking right now," Getzlaf said. "Our power play's clicking and our line's going well."

Anaheim needed just 36 seconds to get on the scoreboard, as Rob Niedermayer took a pass from Samuel Pahlsson and beat Chris Mason on a breakaway to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Patrik Berglund tied the game for St. Louis less than 3 minutes later, as he beat Jonas Hiller on an unassisted tally at 3:20.

Selanne put the Ducks back in front when he scored on the power play at 2:07 of the second period. With Barret Jackman in the box, Selanne took a pass from Scott Niedermayer and fired a shoulder over Mason's shoulder to make it 2-1.

The pesky Blues tied things up again just 57 seconds after Selanne's tally, as Andy McDonald scored on the power play to make it 2-2. After Pahlsson was whistled for hooking, McDonald ripped a shot from the slot past Hiller for his second goal of the season.

"I kind of felt a little shaky at the beginning," said Hiller, who made 30 saves. "About halfway through the second, I felt like I made a couple of good stops and then I got my confidence. I felt more and more comfortable."

From there, it was all Anaheim. Perry restored the Ducks' lead at 5:53 of the second with an even-strength tally. Perry was rewarded for crashing the net, where he gathered a loose puck and stuffed it past Mason for the first of three unanswered goals. Getzlaf then set up Getzlaf for his first goal of the night with 4:37 remaining in the second.

"We just stayed persistent and stayed with our game plan," Getzlaf said. "Our line did a lot of good things in the first period without a result. As the game continued on, we ended up getting them."

St. Louis doesn't have much time to dwell on the loss, as the second of their 5-game road trip will played on Thursday night in San Jose. The Blues are 1-5 following a 4-1 start.

"There were some good things we want to take out of tonight's game," Blues defenseman Jay McKee said. "We get right back at it tomorrow, so we've got to put some wins together in a hurry."



To make matters worse, the Blues may be forced to play without forward Paul Kariya, who left in the second period with a lower-body injury. He did not return.

"We don't really know yet," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said when asked about Kariya's injury. "I don't know what the extent of the injury is, but he couldn't finish the game."

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

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