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