Ducks 6, Blues 3

Wednesday, 12.21.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks 6, Blues 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andy McDonald had two goals and an assist, Teemu Selanne scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season and JS Giguere picked up his 100th career win to lead the Ducks past the St. Louis Blues, 6-3, on Wednesday night at the Arrowhead Pond.

With the victory, Anaheim improved their record at the Arrowhead Pond to 13-6-3.  The Ducks are 7-1-1 in their last nine home games.

“Every game is a big game, said McDonald.  “We’ve got to win these games and this was important especially because of the break. We wanted to go off on a good note and win the last game so we could come back after Christmas with some momentum.”

Selanne (18, Salei, McDonald) started the Ducks’ four-goal first period by skating past Blues’ defenseman Steve Poapst and jamming in a long pass from Ruslan Salei inside the far post at 2:28 of the first.

The Blues answered back with a quick goal by center Dean McAmmond (11, Weight, Gamache) 38 seconds later at 3:06 to tie the game at one.

Anaheim got two more on special teams and one even-strength in the period to enter the break with a 4-1 lead.

McDonald (10, Sykora, S. Niedermayer) got his first of the game by stuffing a loose puck past Blues netminder Jason Bacashihua on the power play at 7:59.

With the Ducks shorthanded at 9:41 of the first, Jonathan Hedstrom and Samuel Pahlsson would break in the Blues’ zone 2-on-1 with Hedstrom feeding Pahlsson (2, Hedstrom) for his second goal of the season.

After Pahlsson’s shorthanded marker, Bacashihua was replaced by Reinhard Divis who was welcomed to the game by Tyler Wright less than a minute after entering.

Wright (2, Unassisted) pounced on a loose puck and beat Divis to give the Ducks a commanding 4-1 lead.

McDonald (11, Sykora) got his second on the night at 3:38 of the second period.  Petr Sykora fed a pretty between-the-legs pass off the half-wall and McDonald rifled a wrister over Divis’ left shoulder for a career-high 11th goal of the season.

“I think I’ve been healthy this season,” said McDonald of his career-high marker. “I’ve been given a great opportunity to play with Teemu and Petr Sykora. They’re great players and when I’m on the ice with them, things are pretty easy out there.”

The Blues got two goals from Dennis Wideman (2, Cajanek) at 14:30 of the second period and Eric Brewer (5, McAmmond, Gamache) at 5:30 of the third to cut the Ducks lead to 5-3.

Joe DiPenta (1, Fedoruk, Konopka) put the game away with his first goal as a Mighty Duck at 6:19 of the third.

“I think that it was a game where we were able to get things going in a positive direction after the first shift,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. “We took a penalty right off the bat, but we were able to regroup and get ourselves going. We were fortunate to get enough pucks past them.”

Anaheim will now have six days without a game over the holidays before hitting the road to face Columbus (Dec. 28), St. Louis (Dec. 31), Nashville (Jan. 1), Dallas (Jan. 6) and Minnesota (Jan. 7). 

The Ducks will next play at the Arrowhead Pond on Monday, January 9th versus So Cal rival, the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30 PM.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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