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Ducks 3, Blues 2 (OT)

Saturday, 03.31.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ducks 3, Blues 2 (OT)

Andy McDonald scored the game-winner in overtime as the Ducks won their second straight, 3-2 over the Blues. The goal, scored 25 seconds into the extra session, was a one-timer off a nice Scott Niedermayer feed.

It was the second goal of the game for McDonald, as he also found the net 10:45 into the second period to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. But St. Louis' Lee Stempniak sent the game into overtime with the long goal of the third period, at the 13:07 mark.

J.S. Giguere had 20 saves, including some big ones in the third period. He also earned his 36th victory, a new team record.  

The win was the Ducks' (47-20-12) third in a row and fourth in five games. It helped them maintain a four-point lead in the Pacific Division, as Dallas beat Nashville at about the same time, 4-2. San Jose, which didn't play Saturday night, falls to six points back.

3rd Period 1 2 3 OT   T       
Anaheim   1 1      3
St Louis   0 0      2

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GAME PREVIEW

Strong play on the road is one reason the Anaheim Ducks are in contention for the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Ducks look to close out a four-game road trip on a positive note Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Anaheim (46-20-12) won 5-2 at Columbus on Thursday to improve to 20-14-4 away from home and set a franchise record for road victories. The Ducks are 2-1-0 on their trip that started with a 1-0 loss to Detroit on Monday, followed by a 3-1 win to Chicago on Wednesday.

"We just had to play a pretty solid road game and I think we did," Anaheim's Teemu Selanne said after the victory over the Blue Jackets.

Anaheim is second in the West, chasing Detroit and Nashville for the top spot. The Ducks are also in the mix with the Red Wings, Predators and Buffalo Sabres for the Presidents' Trophy for most regular season points.

After Saturday, the Pacific Division-leading Ducks host San Jose on Wednesday, then finish with road games against Dallas and Columbus before starting the postseason.

Anaheim is playing better away from home again after a recent rough patch.

The Ducks started 12-1-2 on the road - including a 6-5 shootout win over St. Louis on Oct. 30 - but went 3-10-1 away from Anaheim from Dec. 16-Feb. 13. They are 5-3-1 in nine road games since that slump.

On Thursday, Anaheim went 3-for-6 on the power play after going 0-for-7 in its previous two games and 2-for-18 in the last five. The Ducks are 5-for-15 with the man advantage in three games against the Blues this season.

"The power play finally stepped up," said Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger, who scored twice and added an assist for his first points in four games since missing seven with a broken toe. "We kind of got clicking again. That's big for us down the stretch.

"We needed this hockey game a lot more than they did. We didn't stray from what our task was."

Selanne assisted on each of Anaheim's power-play scores and added an empty netter for his team-leading 45th goal, which came in a four-goal third period for the Ducks. It was Selanne's highest-scoring game since he had five points in a win over Phoenix on Nov. 19.

Selanne scored the shootout winner against the Blues in October and also scored in Anaheim's 6-2 loss to St. Louis on Jan. 16 in the teams' most recent meeting.

Anaheim leads the season series 2-1-0 and has won five of the last six meetings with the Blues, including the last two on the road.

St. Louis defeated Edmonton 5-2 on Thursday to avoid a third straight loss. The Blues (32-33-12) will play their final home game Saturday before finishing with four road games.

Despite missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Blues want to finish strong.

"These games mean a lot to us," said St. Louis' Doug Weight, who had a goal and assist Thursday to give him a team-leading 55 points. "We got a big game Saturday. We need to play like we did tonight."

Defenseman Barret Jackman added three assists against the Oilers for his first three-point game of the season.

St. Louis defenseman Eric Brewer had two of his career-high 22 assists and added a goal for the Blues in their January victory over the Ducks.


- Associated Press

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69


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