NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at St. Louis
(Monday, October 30th)
Final Score: Anaheim 6, St. Louis 5 (SO)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored shootout goals, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped both shots he faced in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks earned a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Anaheim, which has won two straight, has yet to lose a regulation game this year, as all three of its defeats have come in shootouts.
The Blues battled back from two different two-goal deficits to send the game to overtime, but both Lee Stempniak and Keith Tkachuk were unable to get shots past Giguere in the shootout.
Getzlaf scored first in the shootout on a backhander and Selanne wristed the puck between the pads of Curtis Sanford.
St. Louis has lost two games in a row, and four of its last five.
Giguere let in five goals on 24 shots, while Sanford made 28 saves.
Tkachuk brought the Blues back to within one at 5-4 at 14:50 of the third period. Tkachuk deflected a Doug Weight slapshot into the net for his first goal of the year.
Radek Dvorak knotted the score with only 64 seconds left in regulation. Petr Cajanek flipped a shot from the right circle that both Giguere and Dvorak slapped at, with Dvorak bouncing the puck out of mid-air and in the net to send the game to overtime. The score was Dvorak's fourth of the year.
Anaheim missed a chance to end it two minutes into overtime as a rebound bounced over Todd Marchant's stick, preventing the Anaheim center from slamming the puck into a wide-open net.
Christian Backman almost won it for St. Louis at the end of overtime, wristing a shot off of the right post with five seconds left.
Backman opened scoring 31 seconds into the game. Cajanek took a pass from Tkachuk and skated into Anaheim ice, spinning around the right circle before he found an uncovered Backman streaking towards the net. Backman shelved the puck over the right shoulder of Giguere for his first goal of the year.
Travis Moen evened the score with his third goal of the year at 11:03 of the first period.
Both the second and third periods saw Anaheim score two goals, only to be answered by two St. Louis scores.
Francois Beauchemin gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 5:27 of the second period. Beauchemin ripped a one-time slapshot past Sanford, who was shielded by a group of players.
Anaheim's third goal, at 13:43, came on a 3-on-2 break, as Ryan Shannon stopped behind the net, slipping the puck to Marchant who wristed it just under the crossbar, past a sprawling Sanford for his second score of the year.
Stempniak pulled the Blues to within one at 3-2 with his sixth goal of the year just one minute later. Tkachuk passed the puck from the faceoff over to Jay McClement, who tried to score on a wraparound. The puck bounced off of Giguere's pads and to Stempniak, who slammed it home.
St. Louis' Dennis Wideman evened the score with a great individual effort at 16:16 of the second period. Wideman split two Anaheim defenders and skated around a third before wristing the puck through Giguere for his first goal of the season.
Anaheim took back the lead with two quick power play goals to open the third period. Scott Niedermayer took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play, shooting a blocked slapshot rebound past Sanford to give the Ducks a 4-3 lead at the 2:51 mark.
Sanford hurt his own cause 43 seconds later, accidentally batting the puck into his net as he attempted to sweep it away. Dustin Penner was credited with the goal, his fourth of the season.
Anaheim defeated St. Louis 2-0 on October 9 in Anaheim...Jim Edmonds, centerfielder for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, dropped the ceremonial first puck to a standing ovation...Anaheim went 2-for-3 on the power play, while St. Louis went 2-for-9.
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