Previous Game: Andersen's 34 Saves Help Ducks Top Blues

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Previous Game: Andersen\'s 34 Saves Help Ducks Top Blues
ST. LOUIS -- It didn\'t take long for the Anaheim Ducks to wipe the slate clean and get back to winning. It took just 24 hours, as a matter of fact. A night after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks to snap an eight-game winning streak, the Ducks were off and running again against the St. Louis Blues.
ST. LOUIS -- It didn't take long for the Anaheim Ducks to wipe the slate clean and get back to winning.

It took just 24 hours, as a matter of fact.

A night after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks to snap an eight-game winning streak, the Ducks were off and running again against the St. Louis Blues.

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Nick Bonino had a pair of assists, and Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots for the Ducks, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before holding off the Blues 3-2 Saturday night before 19,910 at Scottrade Center.

"We’re very happy about it," said Bonino. "Our goal every week is to win the week. We needed this game. We came out, got a lead. They battled back like we knew they would. We shut the door at the end."

The Ducks (37-9-5) are 19-2-0 in their past 21 games and have beaten the Blues (32-10-5) twice this season at Scottrade Center.

Matt Beleskey and Cam Fowler also scored for the Ducks, who rebounded following a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night that slightly derailed a team that had won 18 of 19 games.

"Our division is tough," said Bonino. "We have a lot of those games coming up. We played a lot of East teams the first half, so we’re going to see a lot of the Western teams that have been playing well lately. If we can do what we did tonight, like getting early leads, protect them, and get good goaltending, we should be good."

The Blues, who came in to the game Saturday on a 10-2-1 run, dropped back-to-back games for the second time this season, and both sets have come against California teams. The Blues are 1-for-California this season, a combined 1-7-0 against the Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Those teams have outscored the Blues 31-19.

Before this recent four-game stretch in which the Blues have six goals over 12 periods, they scored 21 goals in four games, winning all four of those games and scoring five-plus goals in each game.

Barret Jackman and Jaden Schwartz scored third-period goals to get the Blues close. St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott made 18 saves, but his 13-game home winning streak came to an end. Elliott's last loss at Scottrade Center came in a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks on April 14, 2013.

Getzlaf picked up where he's left off in the past eight games. His sixth goal in nine games gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead on a bit of a busted play when Corey Perry attempted to center the puck only to have it roll off his stick. Fortunately for the Ducks, it went right to Getzlaf in the slot, and he beat Elliott with a wrister 5:27 into the game.

The Ducks could have had a larger lead, but Elliott was able to keep Saku Koivu's breakaway attempt out 10:55 into the first. Then, Perry hit the post in the final minute of the period, during which Anaheim outshot St. Louis 8-7.

After a Blues turnover early in the second period, Elliott appeared to have Beleskey's shot from the left circle, but the puck crawled over the Blues goalie and trickled into the net for a 2-0 Anaheim advantage 2:27 into the period.

Alexander Steen's interference penalty led to Fowler's power-play goal, a slap shot from the left circle 9:13 into the second period to make it 3-0. Getzlaf earned an assist with his cross-ice pass, his 14th point in nine games.

The Blues made it interesting in the third period.

Jackman thwarted Andersen's first career shutout bid by firing a wrister past a screened Andersen into the near side at 9:12 to make it a 3-1 game.

Schwartz scored his 16th of the season when he banked a puck from the side of the net off Andersen on the power play with 5:29 remaining, but the Ducks were able to hold on after Andersen stopped T.J. Oshie's shot from the right circle with 2.6 seconds remaining.

SCHEDULE

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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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