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Mighty Ducks 5, Blues 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Mighty Ducks 5, Blues 4, SO
Anaheim Ducks 5, St. Louis Blues 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Kunitz was the surprise shooter in regulation, and that gave him a chance to score the game-winner.

Kunitz, who has only six goals and 11 points in 26 games, scored twice in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Staying the hot hand, coach Randy Carlyle picked Kunitz in the shootout and he was the only scorer.

"Just having the chance to put it on the line at the end with the coach putting me out there was a lot of fun," Kunitz said. "We needed the two points anyway it came and it was a great way to get it."

Francois Beauchemin had three assists for the Ducks, who blew a two-goal, third-period lead.

"It wasn't pretty," Carlyle said. "I'm sure both coaches are not extremely happy with the way both teams played."

Anaheim scored an unusual goal in the second period when St. Louis' Dean McAmmond's pass to the point went into an empty net after sailing the length of the ice.

"I was fairly deflated," McAmmond said. "As for the rest of the guys, I'm sure they weren't excited. But you know what, they said 'Let's not let that beat us' and we battled back."

Kunitz scored in a two-goal, 10-second flurry in the first period.

"He was firing it from everywhere," Blues goalie Curtis Sanford said. "He got a couple of nice, high-shot goals and he buried the one in the shootout, so he had a pretty good game."

The Blues had three power-play goals, including scores by Doug Weight and Mike Sillinger in the third to tie it.

Kunitz, the second of three shooters in the shootout for the Mighty Ducks, beat Sanford with a backhander. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped McAmmond, Weight and Sillinger.

Sanford played for the first time since Dec. 16, when he sustained a hip flexor after relieving Jason Bacashihua in the first period.

"The coach looked over at me and told me to get in there and the blood started pumping," Sanford said. "I felt real excited just to get in there and get back at it."

Weight had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who have lost three in a row at home and are 4-12-3 overall there.

The Ducks' third goal, McAmmond's gaffe, came after Sanford had left for the bench during a delayed hooking call on Petr Sykora at 7:27 of the second. Vitaly Vishnevski, the last Ducks' player to touch the puck, was credited with his first goal of the season, putting Anaheim ahead 3-1.

Sanford was on the bench getting a drink when the puck went into the net.

"It's funny how clean that one went in ... just right in the middle of the net," Sanford said.

McAmmond partially atoned with his 12th goal later in the period, when he scored on his own rebound.

The Blues scored on the game's opening salvo, with Jamal Mayers netting a rebound at the 23-second mark. Anaheim took the lead with two goals in a 10-second span by Andy McDonald and Kunitz, the latter chasing Bacashihua.

Notes: The Ducks won the season series 3-1. ... Blues F Simon Gamache was a healthy scratch for the third straight game and D Kevin Dallman for the eighth straight game. ... In four games, the Ducks outscored the Blues 10-4 in the first period. ... The Blues are 0-16-2 when trailing after two periods. ... Kunitz had one goal and one assist in his previous eight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:23
STL
Jamal Mayers (10) ASST: Dennis Wideman (6)
1 - 0 STL
07:40
ANA
Andy McDonald (12) ASST: Teemu Selanne (13), Francois Beauchemin (10)
1 - 1 Tie
07:50
ANA
Chris Kunitz (5) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (14), Francois Beauchemin (11)
2 - 1 ANA
2nd Period
07:27
ANA
EN - Vitaly Vishnevski (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 ANA
19:32
STL
PPG - Dean McAmmond (12) ASST: Scott Young (17), Doug Weight (23)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
06:13
ANA
Chris Kunitz (6) ASST: Todd Marchant (11), Joffrey Lupul (15)
4 - 2 ANA
06:50
STL
PPG - Doug Weight (7) ASST: Mike Sillinger (13), Scott Young (18)
4 - 3 ANA
10:51
STL
PPG - Mike Sillinger (12) ASST: Doug Weight (24), Dennis Wideman (7)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDANASTL
1J. LupulD. McAmmond
2C. KunitzD. Weight
3P. SykoraM. Sillinger
penalty summary
1st Period
04:23
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Hooking
08:18
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Boarding
08:18
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj)
08:18
STL
Matt Walker  Instigator
08:18
STL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj)
08:18
STL
Matt Walker  Misconduct (10 min)
14:28
STL
Doug Weight  Slashing
14:28
STL
Doug Weight  Interference
2nd Period
07:27
ANA
Petr Sykora  Hooking
10:27
STL
Bryce Salvador  Hooking
13:07
ANA
Chris Kunitz  Hooking
18:09
ANA
Jonathan Hedstrom  Holding
3rd Period
06:41
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Holding
09:01
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Hooking
09:45
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Hooking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
Saves: 30EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 15
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Sanford
Curtis Sanford
SA: 27TOI: 56:57
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .963SH: 1 - 1
Jason Bacashihua
Jason Bacashihua
SA: 5TOI: 7:50
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0

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