By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – For parts of seven seasons, speedy center Andy McDonald scored countless goals for the Ducks at Honda Center. Unfortunately for the home fans, tonight he had two for the other side in leading his visiting St. Louis Blues to a convincing 5-0 victory over Anaheim.
McDonald lit the lamp 5 ½ minutes into the second period and just 23 seconds into the third to help St. Louis pull away in a game where they seemed to control play throughout.
"Tonight was a tough one," said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. "We had those power plays early on that we didn’t capitalize on and from there, they took over the game. We didn’t really have an answer. We weren’t mentally strong enough to push through things we had to tonight."
The Ducks first trailed 4:25 into the first on a Patrik Berglund power play goal following an Evgeny Artyukhin tripping minor. TJ Oshie made it happen by laying into a slap shot from the point that hit the post and bounded toward Berglund, who punched it in.
The Blues carried that 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but increased the cushion to 3-0 with two quick ones in the second. Carlo Colaiacovo made the Blues 2-for-2 on the power play by walking in and taking a shot from the slot that flew over Jonas Hiller
Less than three minutes later Anaheim was bitten again as McDonald one-timed a pass from behind the net by Erik Johnson. Hiller may have never seen the goal as he was turned around by a David Backes shot attempt from close range just a second earlier.
Hiller was pulled after that third goal for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who saved all 13 shots he faced in the period, as the Ducks were outshot 17-4 in the second.
But Giguere proved fallible early in the third, as McDonald darted out of his own end and dropped the puck to Brad Boyes, who gave it back for the one-timer from the slot.
The Blues kept pouring it one later in the period when Keith Tkachuk threw a pass into the crease from behind the net and it hit off TJ Oshie’s toe and snuck under Giguere.
"We did have a decent start in the hockey game," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We had things going our way, drew some penalties and were skating. It seemed our frustrations from our lack of offensive production on the power play took us out of the hockey game."
Entering tonight, St. Louis hadn’t won a game in North America after sweeping the defending Western Conference champion Red Wings in two games in Stockholm, Sweden to open the season.The Ducks had won 11 of 16 meetings with the Blues in the past four seasons, including 11 of the last 12 at Honda Center.
"It’s probably a combination of it not going well and then guys maybe try to do too much," Niedermayer said. "We just need to go out there with energy, work hard and good things will happen. There is enough skill and talent that we can put on it, but you have to be willing to work and commit to doing the little things."
Anaheim will look to get back on track Wednesday against Dallas in the third contest of a six-game homestand.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks just can't get anything going in taking a 5-0 loss.
18:13 - Ryan charges hard into the net, looking to force the isue and knocks it off its supports while getting a piece of Conklin. He gets a shove from Tyson Strachan, but nothing ensues.
14:54 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. roughing. A little bit of rough stuff after the whistle.
11:32 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - TJ OSHIE - Keith Tkachuk makes a nice move in the slot, spinning 180 before firing a backhand that goes over the net. But he chases it down himself, quickly putting it back on net, where it hits Oshie's skate and sneaks under Giguere. It's 5-0 Blues.
9:31 - Away from the play, Mike Brown and BJ Crombeen tussle, with each landing a couple of solid rights, but nothing too devastating. It's broken up when they both run out of gas.
7:55 - Eminger turns and blocks a Boyes one-timer with his back. That couldn't have felt good.
6:54 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. tripping. Arty takes down Tkachuk from behind.
A cheer goes up from the crowd and I was initially not sure why. Then realized that the Angels just scored to go ahead in the top of the 11th.
4:26 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry
and STL Penalty - Brad Winchester, 2 min. each unsportsmanlike conduct. Things seem to calm down after the Ducks and Blues have a bit of a group discussion around the Anaheim bench, until Whitney and Winchester get things going again away from the crowd. Somewhere in there, Perry gets a penalty with Winchester.
0:23 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - McDonald makes it all happen, skating like the wind out of his own end before dumping it to Brad Boyes on the left wing. Boyes gives it right back to McDonald, who one-times it through. Second of the game for Andy Mac and it's 4-0 Blues.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, Ducks with some work to do.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Goals from Colaiacovo and McDonald put the Blues up 3-0.
18:21 - ANA Penalty - Joffrey Lupul
, 2 min. slashing.
12:40 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan
, 2 min. hooking. Ryan takes down Carlo near the left wing boards. Or did he? By the way, replay (on the Blues telecast) shows that Parros might have taken the high stick from his own guy.
10:34 - Darryl Sydor, 4 min. (double minor) high sticking. Parros takes a shot in the nose right from Sydor off the faceoff, and he's holding his face as he skates off. He's obviously not too pleased, as he throws his helmet as he walks down the tunnel to the dressing room. Good news for the Ducks is it's a long power play right when they need it.
10:28 - Brown throws a little snow on Conklin trying to follow up as Conklin has a little trouble freezing a Bobby Ryan
shot. Andy McDonald comes from behind and gives Brown a little shove, to which Brown of course turns around for some payback. There's a bit of a scrum, but no damage.
8:40 - Kariya again getting boos every time he touches the puck, and he almost gets his revenge by charging the net with the puck, but he just barely loses control.
Kiss Cam again comes through, as one guy leans over the girl sitting next to him to fake-kiss his buddy sitting two seats away. Ballsy.
5:53 - Giguere makes his first stop, taking a Jay McClement one-timer into the gut.
5:28 - Hiller out, Giguere in, to a pretty good ovation from the crowd.
5:28 - ST. LOUIS GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - David Backes nearly gets a goal as he streaks close to the left side of the net, but it goes wide. Hiller somehow doesn't manage to turn around after that shot in time to see Erik Johnson pick up the loose puck and quickly feed McDonald in front, who one-times it into the open net. It's 3-0 St. Louis.
2:35 - ST. LOUIS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - CARLO COLAIACOVO - Carlo receives a pass at the point from Brad Boyes and sees a lot of room between him and his nearest defender, Scott Niedermayer. Carlo walks it up a bit before firing a wrist shot that flies over Hiller's glove. Two power plays, two goals for St. Louis and it's 2-0.
1:42 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Whitney, 2 min. high sticking.
0:00 - Off and running in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Blues control most of play and get a goal on the power play to take a 1-0 lead after one.
19:20 - Kariya charges in and knocks Hiller into the net. Luckily the puck didn't join him.
It's trivia time and David is asked which Ducks player hold the team rookie record for assists in a single game. Is is Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry or Ryan Getzlaf. He guesses Bobby Ryan and he's ... wrong. It's Getzlaf with four.
15:10 - Perry again tries a Corey Perry
move, faking a slap shot from the left wing before changing direction and cruising across the middle. Before he can shoot, the puck is knocked away. He gets it back, and gets off a shot that Conklin stops.
11:43 - STL Penalty - Carlo Colaiacovo, 2 min. interference. That guy runs Marchant into the wall as Marchant chases the puck. Love the way PA guy Phil Hulett prounounced his name: "Carlo ... Colghlkvgdhkljgh."
10:26 - Getzlaf makes a nice feed down low to Perry, who waits for Conklin to splay out, but Conklin is still able to stop the too-low wrist shot with the leg pad.
7:45 - Koivu has a chance to poke one in front point blank, but can't get it through, then to add further pain, is drilled out of harm's way by a Blues defender.
7:20 - STL Penalty - BJ Combeen, 2 min. roughing. After George Parros
absolutely flattens TJ Oshie in the Blues end, Crombeen comes to his defense and gets the gate for it.
4:25 - ST. LOUIS GOAL (POWER PLAY) - PATRICK BERGLUND - As the Blues completely control things on the power play, TJ Oshie rips a shot from the point that hits the inside of the post and bounds out, but Hiller doesn't even have time to turn it around before Berglund redirects the rebound into the net. It's 1-0 Blues.
3:15 - ANA Penalty - Evgeny Artyukhin, 2 min. tripping. Arty gets a little aggressive going after that puck.
3:10 - Artyukhin charges in and takes a shot that Conklin saves. Marchant punches the rebound and it trickles under and behind Conklin, but not quite over the stripe before it's cleared.
1:55 - Slapper from Getzlaf from the point doesn't get through traffic.
0:43 - STL Penalty - Carlo Colaiacovo, 2 min. hooking. Cola (I'm not typing that whole name again) hooks Christensen as he crosses the blue line.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jonas Hiller
; STL Ty Conklin
Starting Skaters - ANA Ryan Whitney, Brendan Mikkelson
, Joffrey Lupul
, Todd Marchant
, Evgeny Artyukhin; STL Mike Weaver, Roman Polak, Andy McDonald, Jay McClement, BJ Crombeen
Scratches - ANA Nick Boynton, Petteri Nokelainen; STL Alexander Steen, Alex Pietrangelo
Full Lineups/Game Notes