NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at St. Louis
(Saturday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, St. Louis 3 (SO)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski scored the decisive goal in the shootout, as the Ducks overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to post a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
After Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller stopped Paul Kariya to begin the seventh round, Wisniewski beat Chris Mason on a backhand-forehand deke to secure the extra point.
Bobby Ryan pumped in two goals for Anaheim, the latter coming with 30 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Scott Niedermayer also tallied for the Ducks, who have won eight of their last 10 and improved to 1-1-0 on a six-game road trip that continues Tuesday in Atlanta.
"Those are monumental. I think of it as a playoff game," Ryan said. "Those are two points that we definitely needed to try and lessen the gap. We let them get a point there, but it shows we're a very resilient team."
Hiller finished with 18 saves in the win.
Andy McDonald, T.J. Oshie and B.J. Crombeen scored for the Blues, who have dropped three of four. Mason stopped 34 shots in defeat.
Anaheim seemed to be energized after Oshie's backhander gave the Blues a 3-0 lead at the 3:35 mark of the third period.
"After you get up 3-0 you know they're going to come hard," Blues forward Keith Tkachuk. "It's natural for a team that's down. For whatever reason we were back on our heels and that can't happen."
Niedermayer, the Ducks captain, ignited the comeback less than two minutes later. Ryan then hammered a Dan Sexton centering feed from behind the enemy cage past Mason at the 12-minute mark, and struck again with the goaltender pulled.
Mason knocked down Ryan Getzlaf's one-timer from atop the left circle. Ryan, though, crashed the crease and swatted the rebound.
McDonald opened the scoring two minutes into the second period and Crombeen made it 2-0 with 6:11 left in the middle stanza.
Ryan leads the Ducks with 24 goals...The Blues fell to 9-14-4 as the host this season...Anaheim went 0-for-3 on the power play, while St. Louis failed to convert on its lone opportunity with the man advantage...The Blues begin a three-game road trip Monday in Calgary.
01/24 02:32:01 ET