NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Anaheim
(Friday, October 28th)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, St. Louis 4
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne had two goals, as the Mighty Ducks upended the St. Louis Blues, 6-4, at the Arrowhead Pond.
Rob Niedermayer, Joffrey Lupul, and Jonathan Hedstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who have won two in a row and four straight at home.
Doug Weight, Scott Young and Eric Brewer each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have lost four in a row. Their last victory came against the Ducks, 3-2, on October 19th.
"We've played some pretty good hockey, but no one cares about that, we have to win these games," said Weight.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves on the night for Anaheim.
Reinhard Divis, making his first start of the season, had 33 saves for the Blues.
The Blues opened up the scoring just 43 seconds into the game. A hard slap shot by Brewer went through a screen and found its was into the back of the net.
St. Louis made it 2-0 on a goal by Young. A centering pass from Weight hit Young just inside the blue line and he sent a wicked slap shot into the right corner of the net.
"I think we were not ready. We talked before the game about having a good start and we didn't," said Selanne. "Luckily we were good enough to turn that around and win the game."
Anaheim got on the board with Lupul's sixth goal of the year. A centering pass by Hedstrom from behind the net found its way onto Lupul's stick, who then slid the puck past the left pad of Divis at 10:24 of the opening period.
The Ducks took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission on a pair of power-play goals by Selanne and Hedstrom. Selanne sent a one-timer from the slot into the left corner of the net at 14:42. Hedstrom, on a breakaway set up by a Corey Perry outlet pass, flipped a backhand shot over Divis' left shoulder less than two minutes later. The Ducks' three goals were separated by 6:14.
Anaheim made it 4-2 just 2:26 into the second period. Petr Sykora got his third goal of the season on a slap shot from the left circle that went between the glove and left pad of Divis.
St. Louis scored with just 1:08 left in the second period to make it a 4-3 game. On a crazy bounce, Weight, in front of the net, tapped the puck out of the air and past Giguere, for his second goal of the season.
The Ducks regained their two goal lead 1:09 into the third stanza. Scott Niedermayer threw a pass from the left boards across the goal mouth to Rob Niedermayer, who one-timed it under the left pad of Divis for a power-play goal.
The Blues made it a 5-4 game on a power-play goal. Eric Weinrich took a pass from Young and sent the shot over Giguere's right shoulder at 4:08 of the third.
Selanne got his second goal of the night on a breakaway. Vitaly Vishnevski hit Selanne with an outlet pass and he skated in by himself. Selanne went to the backhand and slipped it through the five-hole to give Anaheim a two-goal lead.
"He (Selanne) was flying tonight, he was the best player on the ice tonight," said Lupul. "It's great to watch a player like that and a guy like myself can learn a lot from a future Hall of Famer like him."
St. Louis had its chances late in the period, including a 5-on-3, but Giguere came up with some big saves to preserve the lead.
Sergei Fedorov has missed eight straight games with a groin strain...This was the second of four meetings between the two teams...Blues defenseman Christian Backman left the game with a strained left shoulder...The game was delayed for several minutes during the third period due to a pane of glass being knocked loose...Ducks went 3-for-8 on the power play, while the Blues were 1- for-7...The Ducks will host Phoenix on Sunday...The Blues will play at Los Angeles on Saturday.
10/29 01:58:14 ET