St. Louis at Anaheim

Getzlaf scores twice, Selanne nets ninth as Ducks continue to roll wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There's a lot more to the Anaheim Ducks these days than just a stingy defense.

Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals, Teemu Selanne added on to extend his point streak to eight games, and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for Anaheim in a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Rob Niedermayer 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).

Anaheim has suddenly become the top scoring team in the NHL, with 49 goals.

After being the third lowest scoring team in the league last season, the Ducks have found much-needed offensive punch.

"The team is playing well and everyone is contributing in different areas," said Getzlaf, who also has an eight-game point streak.

His 190-foot empty-netter capped a three-point night and gave him 18 points for the season (six goals, 12 assists). Getzlaf moved into a tie with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin for the overall NHL scoring lead.

"It's a matter of things clicking right now, and we have to continue playing the way we are," said Getzlaf, who has six goals and 11 assists during his points run. Selanne has posted eight goals and five assists while on his streak.

Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger also tied Montreal's Andrei Markov and Ottawa's Filip Kuba for the scoring lead among NHL defenseman by generating his 13th point. He assisted on Selanne's second-period goal.

There's little doubt the Ducks are on a roll.

"It's all work. When you do it correctly and do the right things, like going to the net and getting the puck in the corner and digging around, it starts clicking. That's the key, doing your small jobs," said Chris Kunitz, who assisted on second-period goals by Perry and Getzlaf that gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead.

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.

"We did some positive things. I liked our energy," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We need to clean some things up in our defensive zone. We had a couple mistakes that led to goals."

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

"We don't really know yet," Murray said. "I don't know what the extent of the injury is, but he couldn't finish the game."

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.

"We've been able to come back in a few games, but this league is too tough to do that," McDonald said. "For whatever reason, we've got to clean it up in a hurry."

Niedermayer took a feed behind the Blues defense 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.

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. McDonald beat Hiller from the slot to tie it at 2-2 just 57 seconds after Selanne's goal.

About three minutes later, Perry crashed the net and shoveled the puck past Mason to give the Ducks their third lead. Perry then set up Getzlaf for a blast from the slot that made it 4-2 with 4:37 to go in the second.

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.


  • The Blues played just two games away from St. Louis in the first three weeks of the season, but 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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Teemu Selanne (center) has an eight-game point streak after scoring his ninth goal. (AP)
Teemu Selanne (center) has an eight-game point streak after scoring his ninth goal. (AP)
St. Louis (5-6-0)1102
Anaheim  (9-5-1) «1315
Three Stars
R. Getzlaf

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
C. Perry

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Kunitz

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
36.0Rob Niedermayer (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Pahlsson, Moen
03:20Patrik Berglund (3), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
02:07Power Play - Teemu Selanne (9), Snap Shot. Assist: Niedermayer, Pronger
03:04Power Play - Andy McDonald (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Stempniak, Kariya
05:53Corey Perry (4), Tip-In. Assist: Kunitz, Getzlaf
15:23Ryan Getzlaf (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Perry, Kunitz
18:55Ryan Getzlaf (6), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
04:09Montador, 5 min, Fighting
04:09Janssen, 5 min, Fighting
59.0Jackman, 2 min, Cross-Checking
02:44Pahlsson, 2 min, Hooking
06:06Pahlsson, 2 min, Holding
09:00McIver, 2 min, Interference
10:07Carter, 2 min, Cross-Checking
16:23McIver, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
St. Louis1013932
Chris Mason58:21224
Jonas Hiller60:00302
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
St. Louis1-for-5
Game Information
Attendance - 16144
Referees - Bill McCreary, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Scott Driscoll
Other Games
TB 3 Final
NJ 4
Edm 4 Final
Colu 5