Anaheim at St. Louis

Ducks 4, Blues 3 (SO) wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski has been waiting his entire five-year NHL career for an opportunity to show off his shootout skills.

That chance finally came Saturday night.

Wisniewski scored in the seventh round of the tiebreaker to help the Ducks rally past the St. Louis Blues 4-3 for their eighth victory in 11 games.

After watching four shooters come up empty in the rounds three through six, Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle turned to Wisniewski, who had never participated in a shootout.

Wisniewski calmly slipped the puck behind goalie Chris Mason to give the Ducks their seventh win in the last nine meetings with the Blues.

"He's a confident guy and those situations don't rattle him," Carlyle said. "He made a hell of a move."

Wisniewski gave Carlyle a long look during the shootout in an effort to catch his coach's attention.

"I said, 'Give a defenseman a try,"' Wisniewski recalled. "We never get an opportunity. When I saw it go in, it was a pretty good feeling."

Carlyle's choice of Wisniewski came as a shock to winger Bobby Ryan, who scored two goals including one with 30 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Anaheim had trailed 3-0.

"It was a surprise pick to me," said Ryan, who leads U.S.-born players with 24 goals. "We play breakaway games every day [in practice] and he's always one of the guys that scores."

Ryan triggered the Ducks' third-period comeback with two goals in the final eight minutes. Anaheim scored three times in the final 14:47 to erase the big deficit.

The Blues jumped in front on second-period goals by Andy McDonald and B.J. Crombeen and a third-period tally by T.J. Oshie.

But Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer, the Ducks captain, started the rally with his fourth goal of the season. Ryan took over from there.

"If you don't play your game, you can't expect results," said St. Louis coach Davis Payne, 5-5-1 since taking over for the fired Andy Murray on Jan. 2. "We didn't play our game in the third period."

Anaheim also got goals from Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf during the first two rounds of the shootout. Brad Boyes and Oshie scored shootout goals for St. Louis.

Mason stopped 34 of 37 shots including four in the tiebreaker. Anaheim's Jonas Hiller stopped five shootout attempts to improve to 13-5 over the last 18 games.

Ryan says the comeback should give his team a shot of confidence as it continues its 13-day, six-game road trip. Anaheim lost to San Jose 3-1 on Thursday in the first game of the swing.

"This was monumental," Ryan said. "It was like a playoff game. This shows that we're a very resilient team, able to bounce back in the face of almost everything."

Ryan recorded 10 shots on goal.


Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne missed his fifth straight game (broken jaw). He underwent surgery Jan. 14 and is expected to be out at least two more weeks. The injury could keep him from playing for Finland next month at the Vancouver Olympics. ... The Blues have scored first in nine of 10 games. ... Anaheim is 7-1-1 in its last nine games against St. Louis. ... The Ducks have killed off 20 of 22 penalties.

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Anaheim  (24-21-7) «00301 (3)4
St. Louis (22-21-8)02100 (2)3
Three Stars
T. Oshie

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Ryan

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Kariya

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
02:06Andy McDonald (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Perron, Johnson
13:49B.J. Crombeen (4), Tip-In. Assist: McClement, Steen
03:35T.J. Oshie (10), Backhand Shot. Assist: Boyes, Kariya
05:13Scott Niedermayer (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Perry, Wisniewski
12:00Bobby Ryan (23), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sexton
19:30Bobby Ryan (24), Wrist Shot. Assist: Getzlaf, Wisniewski
 Corey Perry (1), GOAL
 Brad Boyes (5), GOAL
 Ryan Getzlaf (2), GOAL
 T.J. Oshie (3), GOAL
 James Wisniewski (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
06:18Brewer, 2 min, Slashing
14:32Winchester, 5 min, Fighting
14:32Bodie, 5 min, Fighting
04:02Winchester, 2 min, Hooking
08:41Eminger, 2 min, Tripping
18:37Jackman, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
St. Louis610319
Jonas Hiller 64:5018372
Chris Mason 65:0034373
Game Information
Attendance - 19150
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Tony Sericolo, Jay Sharrers
Other Games
Tor 0 Final
Fla 2
NJ 4 Final
Ott 2 Final
Bos 1
Atl 1 Final
TB 2
Pho 2 Final
Wash 4
Colu 2 Final
Min 4
NYR 0 Final
Mon 6
Buf 2 Final
SJ 5
LA 3 Final
Det 2
Chi 1 Final
Van 5
Car 2 Final
Phi 4