Ducks 2, Blues 0
By Chris DiPierro
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Chris Kunitz tallied twice on the power play and JS Giguere made 34 saves as the Ducks remained unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday at Honda Center.
The Ducks record moved to 3-0 on the young season.
"We had the work ethic and we had the defense going tonight," said Kunitz. "Our goalie played really well also."
Giguere, who has been solid in his first two starts for the Ducks, got his first shutout since February 4, 2006 at San Jose.
The Ducks also used special teams to their advantage scoring two power play goals and killing five penalties en route to the victory.
"To win games you need to be strong on the power play and the PK and pretty much all aspects of the game have to be good," said Giguere. "So, that was a good team effort tonight."
Kunitz got his first goal of the contest at 16:42 of period one. The 27-year-old left wing deflected a hard Teemu Selanne slap shot past Blues netminder Curtis Sanford to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
Kunitz scored his second goal of the game and third of the season just 35 seconds into the third period. Linemate Andy McDonald got a shot on Sanford from the side of the net. The rebound kicked to Kunitz who tallied the insurance marker.
"Coaches are never satisfied," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "There aren't many who will say their team was 100 percent. There is always room for improvement."
Anaheim plays the second of a five-game string at Honda Center on Wednesday against the New York Islanders at 7:05 p.m.
NOTES: Center Samuel Pahlsson played in his 196th consecutive game as a Duck moving him into sole possession of 2nd place all-time in Anaheim Ducks history in that category. Oleg Tverdovsky played in the most consecutive games as a Duck with 237Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Selanne was honored by the Ducks in a ceremony before the game as the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner for 2005-2006. Selanne won the award at the NHL Awards ceremony in June in Vancouver. The Masterton is awarded to the player that best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
GAME LOG - FINAL
20:00 - END OF GAME - ANA 2, STL 0
18:13 - STL PEN - Eric Brewer gets 2 for hooking and two for unsportsmanlike give the Ducks a two-man advantage.
17:44 - STL PEN - Jamie Rivers goes off for tripping. Anaheim is 1/4 with the man-advantage.
12:34 - ANA PEN - Dustin Penner is whistled for slashing. St. Louis is 0/4 on the power play.
0:35 - ANAHEIM GOAL - PP - Chris Kunitz. Kunitz gets his second goal of the game on a rebound in front of Sanford. The goal is Kunitz's second of the game and third on the season from McDonald and Selanne.
0:00 - Third period is under way. Anaheim starts with 1:03 of power play time. The Ducks are 1/4 so far with the man-advantage.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - ANA 1, STL 0. Shots: ANA 7/22, STL 14/22
19:02 - STL PEN - Martin Rucinsky gets an interference minor negating the Blues' fourth power play.
17:53 - ANA PEN - Joe DiPenta gets the gate for hooking. St. Louis is 0/3 on the power play.
16:01 - St. Louis goes on its third power play, they are 0/2.
15:22 - ANA PEN - Corey Perry goes off for holding negating the power play.
14:01 - STL PEN - Jay McClement is whistled for interference. Anaheim is 1/2 on the power play tonight.
5:40 - ANA PEN - Shane O'Brien is caught hooking. St. Louis is 0/1 on the power play tonight.
1:49 - STL PEN - Martin Rucinsky goes off for hooking. Anaheim is 1/1 on the power play tonight.
0:00 - Second period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - ANA 1, STL 0. Shots: ANA 16, STL 8.
16:42 - ANAHEIM GOAL - PP - Chris Kunitz. Kunitz tips a slap shot by Teemu Selanne past Curtis Sanford to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. The goal is Kunitz's second of the season from Selanne and Chris Pronger.
15:06 - STL PEN - Eric Brewer goes off for hooking. This is Anaheim's first power play. The Ducks power play is 3-for-10 this season (5th NHL). St. Louis has allowed 3 goals in 18 shorthand situations (T-16th NHL)
3:10 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer goes off for holding. This is St. Louis' first power play. The Blues power play is 1-for-11 this season (T-20th NHL). Anaheim has allowed 2 goals in 13 shorthanded situations (T-14th NHL).
0:00 - First period play is under way.
Pregame: The Ducks face the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Scratches for Anaheim: D 18 Ian Moran, LW 24 Stanislav Chistov, C 39 Travis Green
Scratches for St. Louis: G 30 Jason Bacashihua, D 5 Barret Jackman, C 17 Ryan Johnson
Starting Goaltenders: ANA 35 JS Giguere, STL 1 Curtis Sanford
Game Notes (pdf): Anaheim vs. St. Louis Game Notes