Anaheim at St. Louis

Selanne, Getzlaf lift Ducks in wild shootout win over Blues


ST. LOUIS -- The Anaheim Ducks are off to a fast start even though Teemu Selanne and his linemates haven't busted out yet.

If they do, watch out.

Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout to lift Anaheim to a wild 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues after the Ducks squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation Monday night.

Selanne, who led the Ducks with 40 goals and 90 points last season, has just one goal and seven assists so far for the Ducks (9-0-3).

"We need the depth obviously" Selanne said. "Our line hasn't sparked just yet. Our team is winning and that's what matters."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made one save in the tiebreaker and watched St. Louis' other attempt go wide as the Ducks tied idle Buffalo with an NHL-high 21 points.

Christan Backman nearly won it for the Blues in overtime, but his shot with just over five seconds left hit the right post behind Giguere. Backman gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the game with his first goal of the season.

St. Louis erased a pair of two-goal deficits to earn a point in the standings.

"We feel good about being able to come back, but when it comes down to it, we want two points," Backman said. "We don't want to be losing. It doesn't matter who we're playing."

Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer snapped a tie with a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 2:51 of the third period and Dustin Penner pushed the Ducks' lead to 5-3 with another man-advantage goal 43 seconds later.

The Blues then set up for their second comeback.

Keith Tkachuk netted his first of the season on a power play with 5:10 remaining in the third period, and Radek Dvorak got St. Louis even at 18:56.

Officials reviewed that goal for several moments to see if Dvorak struck the puck with a high stick. But he was credited with his fourth of the season.

The five goals marks a season-high allowed by Giguere, who entered with a 1.81 goals against average.

"It's just one of those games," he said. "I'm not going to beat myself up because I gave five goals. The key thing is we got the win."

St. Louis' Curtis Sanford made 28 saves before the shootout.

The Blues pulled even at 3 late in the second period on Dennis Wideman's first goal of the season. That came only 1:33 after Lee Stempniak cut St. Louis' deficit to 3-2 with his sixth goal.

Wideman's tally ended a series of futile power-play opportunities for St. Louis. The Blues failed to convert during their first 8:41 minutes with an extra man, including a two-man advantage in the final minutes of the first period.

The Blues didn't record a shot during the 5-on-3 and were showered with a chorus of boos from the small crowd as the power play ended.

Travis Moen, Francois Beauchemin, Todd Marchant each scored to stake Anaheim to its early lead.


  • St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game. He followed manager Tony La Russa who handled the duties before the Blues-Red Wings game Saturday, the day after the Cardinals won their 10th World Series title.
  • St. Louis pitchers Anthony Reyes, Brad Thompson and Josh Hancock also attended the game.
  • Selanne notched his seventh assist on Beauchemin's goal.
  • The Blues are 0-0-3 when scoring first.
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Jay McClement and Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer race to the puck. Niedermayer snaps a tie in the third.  (AP)
Jay McClement and Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer race to the puck. Niedermayer snaps a tie in the third. (AP)
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Scoring Summary
00:31Christian Backman, Wrist Shot - Assists: Petr Cajanek, Keith Tkachuk
11:03Travis Moen (3), Snap Shot - Assists: Sean O'Donnell, Rob Niedermayer
05:27Francois Beauchemin, Slap Shot - Assists: Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald
13:43Todd Marchant (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Ryan Shannon, Dustin Penner
14:43Lee Stempniak (6), Tip-In - Assists: Jay McClement, Keith Tkachuk
16:16Power Play - Dennis Wideman, Slap Shot - Assist: Doug Weight
02:51Power Play - Scott Niedermayer (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Chris Pronger, Ryan Getzlaf
03:34Power Play - Dustin Penner (4), Wrap Shot - Assist: Corey Perry
14:50Power Play - Keith Tkachuk, Tip-In - Assists: Doug Weight, Lee Stempniak
18:56Radek Dvorak (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Petr Cajanek, Martin Rucinsky
Penalty Summary
01:43DiPenta: Hooking - 2 min.
02:00Rucinsky: Hooking - 2 min.
14:19Moen: Fighting - 5 min.
14:19Mayers: Fighting - 5 min.
17:54Kunitz: Interference - 2 min.
18:42Getzlaf: Hooking - 2 min.
01:04O'Brien: Holding - 2 min.
08:31Perry: High sticking - 2 min.
14:11Thornton: Fighting - 5 min.
14:11Walker: Fighting - 5 min.
15:51McDonald: Holding the stick - 2 min.
01:32Salvador: Hooking - 2 min.
01:56Hinote: Holding - 2 min.
06:32Moen: Fighting - 5 min.
06:32Walker: Fighting - 5 min.
08:23Beauchemin: Hooking - 2 min.
12:45Perry: Tripping - 2 min.
13:43Marchant: Slashing - 2 min.
St. Louis878124
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 64:5519520
Curtis Sanford 64:5628522
Game Information
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Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Tim Peel
Linesmen - Dan Schachte, Mark Wheler
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