ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Teemu Selanne has found his game again,
back where he left it.
Selanne scored a pair of goals, including one of Anaheim's three
power-play tallies, and the Mighty Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues
6-4 Friday night.
Selanne's return to Anaheim after stints at San Jose and
Colorado has the 35-year-old star from Finland skating and scoring
in much the same fashion he did earlier in his career.
The nine-time NHL All-Star has eight goals in his first 11 games
back in Anaheim, where he scored 225 before being traded in 2001.
"I've been feeling good pretty much all year. It's fun to play
again when you're healthy and every stride feels good," Selanne
said. "It's a pretty good roll we have here right now."
He gave the Ducks breathing room with his second goal, beating
goaltender Reinhard Divis on a breakaway with 9:04 remaining to
give Anaheim a two-goal pad.
The loss was the fourth in a row for St. Louis, which hasn't won
since a 3-2 victory over the Ducks on Oct. 19. The Blues wasted a
lead again, this time jumping out 2-0 before the Ducks came back to
go up 3-2 by the end of the first period.
"We grab a 2-0 lead and start taking penalties," Blues coach
Mike Kitchen said. "Their power play has been good of late, and
you just can't do that.
"It gave them some light and we ended up giving up 23 shots in
the first period. You can't do that. We lost the momentum, they got
it going and we just couldn't get on our game again and got
Eric Weinrich had pulled the Blues close with his first of the
season, scoring on a power play 4:08 into the third period to play
to make it 5-4.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who played a shaky game to that point,
shut the Blues out the rest of the way. St. Louis got off 28 shots
against him, while the Ducks had 39 against Divis, including the 23
in the opening period.
In the third period, Rob Niedermayer's goal, on an assist from
his brother Scott during a power play, had given the Ducks a 5-3
lead 1:09 in.
The Blues' Doug Weight trimmed St. Louis' deficit to 4-3 when he
beat Giguere at close range, poking a shot past the sprawling
goalie at 18:52 of the second period.
Petr Sykora gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead with a slap shot from the
left circle 2:26 into the second period. Jonathan Hedstrom put
Anaheim up 3-2 on a breakaway during a power play at 16:38 of the
Selanne had evened it at 2 when he scored during a scramble in
front of the crease during a power play at 14:42. Four minutes
earlier, Joffrey Lupul got his sixth goal to begin the Ducks'
The Ducks' 23 shots in the opening 20 minutes were their most
ever for a first period and second only to the 26 they recorded in
a different frame against Florida in 1994.
The Blues got off eight shots in the first.
Eric Brewer's slap shot from 25 feet gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead
just 43 seconds in. Scott Young made it 2-0 at 7:28.
Hedstrom also had an assist for his first multipoint game.
... Blues LW Keith Tkachuk will be out three-to-five weeks with
cracked ribs. He had an MRI exam Thursday that revealed the injury.
Tkachuk was hit by a stick in the midsection during a 4-1 loss to
Nashville on Oct. 15 and has played just two games this season. ...
The win was Giguere's second in a row since he returned from
sitting out three games with a groin injury.
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Arena: Honda Center Location: Anaheim, California
Referees: Rob Shick, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 12,510 (72.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Eric Brewer (3)
Assists: Dallas Drake, Petr Cajanek
Scott Young (3)
Assists: Doug Weight, Bryce Salvador
Joffrey Lupul (6)
Assists: Jonathan Hedstrom, Rob Niedermayer
Teemu Selanne (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Keith Carney, Todd Fedoruk
Jonathan Hedstrom (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Corey Perry, Ruslan Salei
Petr Sykora (3)
Assist: Keith Carney
Doug Weight (3)
Assist: Dean McAmmond
Rob Niedermayer (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Scott Niedermayer, Joffrey Lupul
Eric Weinrich (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Scott Young, Eric Brewer