ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues signed Paul Kariya, hoping he would add some much-needed offence.
So far, so good. Kariya scored a goal and had three assists Tuesday night as the Blues kept Anaheim winless on the road by beating the Ducks 4-2 Tuesday night. Kariya, who had 72 points for Nashville last season, has nine assists and 11 points for the Blues in his first seven games. Kariya credited his linemates, Keith Tkachuk and Brad Boyes, for helping with his spurt.
"(Tkachuk) got us going," Kariya said. "He was going to the net, creating a lot of traffic, and it was nice to see him rewarded there."
Boyes scored twice and has six goals and two assists. Tkachuk had a goal and two assists.
"It's taken me 21 games just to score one (before)," Boyes said. "But I come here and it's been good. It's easy when you're playing with those guys, but I still think we can improve."
Andy McDonald and Mark Mowers scored for the Ducks, 0-5-1 on the road. One of those losses includes a game played against Los Angeles in London to start the season.
"It was a hard-fought battle," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "This is the type of game we've been involved with for a while here.
"I thought our guys reached back and gave us everything they had. I've got to be proud of their effort."
Manny Legace had 14 saves and improved to 9-1-1 against Anaheim. He hasn't lost to the Ducks since Nov. 16, 1998.
McDonald gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead 1:37 into the second period when he redirected Kent Huskins' centring attempt past Legace on the Ducks' first shot of the period. Anaheim would not get another shot on goal until 2:22 remained in the period. By then, Kariya had helped the Blues score three times.
"We got it going and kept the pedal down and were rewarded in the second period," Kariya said.
The Blues tied it at 7:01 when Jay McKee's shot from the left point hit Kariya in front. The puck bounced right to Tkachuk and he backhanded it past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Boyes gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 10:27 when he tipped Kariya's slap shot from the top of the right circle by Giguere. With the Blues on the power play later in the period, Kariya got the puck on the right boards, faked a shot and passed cross ice to Boyes, who put it in the open side at 16:46 to make it 3-1.
The two-goal lead didn't last long as Mowers batted a rebound of Corey Perry's shot by Legace at 17:38 on the Ducks' second shot of the period.
Kariya added an empty-net goal at 19:27 to seal the win.
Notes: Blues rookie D Eric Johnson missed his fifth game with a hairline fracture in his right foot. He is day to day. ... The Blues entered giving up only two goals per game, third fewest in the NHL. ... McDonald has 12 points in 11 career games in St. Louis.