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Previous Game: Ducks Blank Blues in Triumphant Return from Olympic Break

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Previous Game: Ducks Blank Blues in Triumphant Return from Olympic Break
ANAHEIM \u2013 If the Ducks felt any rust after a nearly three-week Olympic break, they certainly fought through it tonight against the visiting Blues. In a bruising game that featured 60 combined hits but only 37 combined shots, the Ducks shut out St. Louis 1-0 in front of a stand-room-only crowd of 17,369 at Honda Center.
ANAHEIM – If the Ducks felt any rust after a nearly three-week Olympic break, they certainly fought through it tonight against the visiting Blues.

In a bruising game that featured 60 combined hits but only 37 combined shots, the Ducks shut out St. Louis 1-0 in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 17,369 at Honda Center.

Jonas Hiller, an Olympian with Team Switzerland who was the first Duck eliminated in the tournament, saved all 18 shots he saw tonight for his fifth shutout of the season. He was helped by some hard work in front of him, as the Ducks blocked 27 St. Louis shots.

"We knew we had a great hockey club coming in here," Hiller said. "For being the first game in 20 days, I thought we did a really good job. Everybody really wanted to win tonight. Everybody was sacrificing their bodies tonight. The guys in front of me had more blocked shots than I had saves."

The Ducks, who had more rest following the Olympic break than any other team in the league, remained atop the NHL standings with a 42-14-5 record (89 points). They moved five in front of these Blues, who stayed tied at 84 with Chicago and Pittsburgh.

"It was a good first game for us in terms of the competition," said Andrew Cogliano, who had the game's only goal. "It was really high-paced. It’s good to jump into a game like that for the first one."

With the victory, Bruce Boudreau became the fastest coach in modern day history to reach 300 career wins.

"That’s how you win," said Boudreau, who improved to 300-137-59 in his NHL career. "You pay the price. If you don’t block shots in today’s game, you’re not going to be successful. We had guys doing a great job blocking shots. The [Daniel] Winniks and [Matt] Beleskeys were out there getting right in the shooting lanes. That’s part and parcel on why you win."

The game's lone goal came when Saku Koivu fed nicely ahead to Cogliano for a breakaway, and Cogliano backhanded it by goalie Brian Elliott (18 saves). It was the 18th goal of the season for Cogliano, tying a career high he previously reached twice with Edmonton.

St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak, who had gone 24-9-4 this season, was traded with forward Chris Stewart to Buffalo earlier in the day in a five-player deal that brought goalie Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott to the Blues. The trade forced the Blues to sign an emergency backup for the night, which ended up being Ducks locker room attendant Jeff Tyni, a former goalie in the ECHL.

The Blues' most serious threat came near the end of the second period when Ryan Reaves' shot hit the right post, trickled along the stripe and hit the left post while staying out of the net.

"They’re a tough team to play against. They have big guys, and it was quite a battle for all three periods," Hiller said. "We didn’t give them too much, especially in front of the net. We did a good job blocking shots and not giving them second opportunities. It was great to get that win."

Mathieu Perreault left the game and didn’t return in the third, after going hard into the boards and suffering an upper-body injury.

The Ducks, who improved to 23-5-2 at Honda Center, will continue their five-game homestand Sunday vs. Carolina.

GAME NOTES
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau earned the 300th win in his 496th career game (300-137-59), becoming the fastest coach in modern day history to win 300, and first to do so in fewer than 500 games coached. Toe Blake held the record previously, accomplishing the feat in 525 games. Boudreau reached the 200-win mark on Nov. 22, 2011 (w/ Washington) in 326 games (200-86-40), the fastest in modern day history.

Anaheim’s shutout victory tonight, was the first time they have shutout St. Louis at home since Oct. 9, 2006 (a 2-0 win) and the first time they have ever beaten the Blues 1-0 on home ice.

The Ducks are 14-6-0 in their last 20 games and 24-7-0 in their last 31 games. This is Anaheim’s 15th win in their last 21 games at Honda Center (15-5-1).

This remains Anaheim’s best ever start to a season (now through 61 games), topping the previous mark of 35-16-10 for 80 points in 2006-07. It’s also the deepest into a season that the Ducks have ever led the league in points (previously 48 games, 2006-07).

With 197 goals scored this season, the Ducks have scored the most goals through 58 games in club history. In addition Anaheim’s 143 goals allowed are the fewest in club history.

Jonas Hiller stopped all 18 shots he faced to record his fifth shutout of the season, tying him for the league lead. He also tied a career-high for shutouts in a season (2010-11) and this marks his 21st career shutout. He recorded his 26th win of the year, tying him for fifth in the NHL.

With his 18th goal of the season, Andrew Cogliano has tied his career high (twice 2007-08 and 2008-09 w/Edmonton).

Tonight's attendance was a standing-room-only sellout, 17,369.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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