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Blues Steal One from Ducks 3-2

Wednesday, 10.19.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Blues Steal One from Ducks 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Eric Brewer wasn't trying to do anything special when he got the puck just inside Anaheim's blue line with less than a minute left in regulation.

``I was just trying to get it on net and see what happened,'' the St. Louis defenseman said.

What happened was that Brewer's wrist shot made it through a crowd and past Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov with 56 seconds remaining to give the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks.

Brewer's goal gave the Blues a much-needed reprieve. St. Louis had taken three penalties late in the game, and the Mighty Ducks finally cashed in when Teemu Selanne scored with 1:16 left to tie it 2-2. But less than 20 seconds later, the Blues had the lead again.

``It's about time we got a break,'' Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. ``The team needed it; the dressing room needed it.''

The Mighty Ducks felt they could have used it as well.

``That's really disappointing,'' Bryzgalov said. ``It was a really lucky goal.''

Bryzgalov was playing because starting goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had to leave the game with a groin strain at 16:55 of the second period. Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 14 shots. Giguere was 2-2-1 with a 3.13 goals against average and had played all but 15 minutes of Anaheim's first five games.

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle felt Giguere's injury was a result of being hit in the crease several times.

``He was pushed back in the crease four or five times,'' Carlyle said.

Carlyle wasn't happy with the finish.

``We're finding ways to lose instead of finding ways to win,'' he said.

Dean McAmmond and Christian Backman also scored for St. Louis, and Patrick Lalime made 28 saves. The goal was the third for McAmmond, who is one of the players the Blues are looking to for offensive production this season.

``I said before that I felt I could score 15 to 20 goals,'' McAmmond said. ``But with scoring up the way it is, that might not be enough. I probably need to score 20, 25 to really help.''

McAmmond, like everyone else, is still trying to get used to the new rules.

``I'm not used to having this kind of freedom,'' he said. ``It used to be you always had a stick on you or someone grabbing you.''

Sandis Ozolinsh had the other goal for Anaheim.

The Blues finished 2-3 on their five-game homestand. St. Louis will play in Nashville on Thursday, the Blues' first road game since they opened the season in Detroit on Oct. 5.

Anaheim's Andy McDonald was called for hooking at the two-minute mark of the third period, and the Blues took advantage when McAmmond deflected Eric Weinrich's shot from the point by Bryzgalov at 3:44 to give the Blues their first lead.

Ozolinsh, who had missed the previous two games with the flu, scored 7:56 into the game. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Rob Niedermayer got the puck in the left circle and dropped it to Ozolinsh who beat Lalime with a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

Backman got the equalizer with a power-play goal at 7:05 of the second period when his slap shot from just inside the blue line made it through a crowd and past Giguere.

Notes: Selanne, who re-joined Anaheim this offseason after spending time with San Jose and Colorado, played in his 400th game with the Mighty Ducks. ... Petr Cajanek picked up an assist on McAmmond's goal, giving him seven points in six games. ... Anaheim's Sergei Fedorov missed his third straight game with a groin strain.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
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