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Streaking Getzlaf scores two goals in Ducks 5-2 win over Blues

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals, including a 190-foot shot into an empty net, and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Rob Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who have earned 17 of a possible 18 points in their last nine games (8-0-1).

Selanne has eight goals and five assists during an eight-game point streak. Getzlaf matched that run, posting six goals and 11 assists in eight games.

Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald scored for the Blues and Chris Mason made 21 saves in the first of the team's five-game road trip. St. Louis is 1-5 after a 4-1 start.

Paul Kariya, the Blues' leading scorer, left in the second period with an undisclosed lower body injury and didn't return.

Although they don't skate as a line, Selanne, Perry and Getzlaf were chosen as the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday. Over a four-game stretch last week, the trio combined for 10 goals and 18 assists.

Getzlaf's three-point night Wednesday gave him 18 points for the season (six goals, 12 assists) moving him into a tie with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin for the NHL scoring lead.

Anaheim's previous five games had been decided by one goal and it looked as if that trend might continue. The Ducks were up by one goal three times, but the Blues got even twice.

Niedermayer and took a feed behind the defence from Samuel Pahlsson and scored a breakaway goal just 36 seconds after the opening faceoff.

St. Louis tied it 2:34 later. Berglund forced a turnover in the Ducks zone and swept a backhanded shot around Hiller, who made his third start of the season for Anaheim.

Selanne lofted a shot over Mason's right shoulder on a Ducks power play early in the second to make it 2-1. It was Selanne's ninth goal of the season, and his league-leading eighth on the power play.

The Blues' power play, tops on the road in the NHL, quickly responded, with McDonald beating Hiller from the slot to tie it 2-2 just 57 seconds after Selanne's goal.

About three minutes later, Perry crashed the net and shovelled the puck by Mason to give the Ducks their third lead of the night. Perry then set up Getzlaf for a blast from the slot that made it 4-2 with 4:37 to go in the second. Chris Kunitz assisted on both of his linemate's goals.

Getzlaf sent a shot from the left of the Ducks goal the length of the ice into the empty net with 1:05 to play.

Notes: After the Blues playing just two games away from St. Louis in the first three weeks of the season, nine of their 13 games in November will be on the road. ... Hiller, a second-year NHL goalie from Switzerland, made his first appearance against St. Louis.

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