McDonald scores twice as Anaheim tops St. Louis

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere had plenty to
overcome to notch his 100th regular-season victory. Mostly, his own
unsteady play.

Giguere gave up a goal on the first shot he faced Wednesday
night against St. Louis and surrendered a couple more after his
teammates staked him to an early four-goal lead.

But Joe DiPenta stopped the Blues' momentum in the third period
with his first goal of the season and the Mighty Ducks coasted to a
6-3 victory.

"These are the type of games I don't love to play in," said
Giguere, who made 22 saves. "There's no flow, there's a lot of
penalties, and when your team is doing so well in the other zone,
it's kind of hard to stay focused.

"Any goal or any mistake can give them a little bit of life,
which they don't have at 5-1. But we got the win. The guys have
been scoring a lot of goals lately, and I've been giving up more
than usual, so it's good that we can still win some games."

Temmu Selanne scored on Anaheim's first shot, Andy McDonald had
two goals and an assist, and Samuel Pahlsson scored short-handed
during Anaheim's four-goal first period. Tyler Wright also scored
and Petr Sykora had two assists.

"I thought it was a masterpiece," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle
said, jokingly. "It was a game where we were able to get things
going in a positive direction after the first shift. We had a few
miscues and we took a penalty right off the bat, but we were able
to regroup and get enough pucks past their goaltenders."

Dean McAmmond, Dennis Wideman and Eric Brewer scored for the
Blues, who are an NHL-worst 7-20-4. They have allowed at least five
goals in 15 of 31 games this season and eight of their last 12.

"No one feels bad for you. No one cares, really, except for the
guys in this room and in our organization," Doug Weight said.
"I'm proud that we stuck up for ourselves. We played with some
heart and made it a game, at least. But it's just not enough right
now. This is as frustrated as I've been in my career, so it's a
great challenge."

The Ducks built a 4-1 lead through the first 11:09, setting a
franchise record for the fastest four goals from the opening
faceoff. The previous mark was 13:49, against Canadiens goaltender
Andy Moog in a 5-4 win at Montreal in 1998.

Blues center Petr Cajanek was serving a hooking penalty when
McDonald converted a rebound of Scott Niedermayer's 45-foot wrist
shot at 7:59 of the first period to snap a 1-1 tie.

Pahlsson made it 3-1, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with Jonathan
Hedstrom while Ducks rookie Francois Beauchemin was off for
hooking. It was only the second short-handed goal this season
against St. Louis and the seventh by Anaheim.

The Ducks had a 13-2 advantage in shots at that point, and Blues
coach Mike Kitchen replaced rookie goaltender Jason Bacashihua with
Reinhard Divis, who surrendered Anaheim's fourth goal on the first
shot he faced. Wright scored from in front of the crease after a
turnover behind the net by defenseman Bryce Salvador, who misplayed
a backhanded pass along the end boards from teammate Ryan Johnson.

The Ducks have six days off before their next game at Columbus.

"We're fortunate enough that we're going to have four days of
nothing" Giguere said. "I think it's important for guys to let go
and decompress a little bit, just think about something else and
spend some time with our families. We have a bunch of guys going
back to their hometowns, so it's good to just take a step back,
just relax and enjoy the holidays and come back fresh."

Game notes
Giguere, the 2003 playoff MVP, recorded his first NHL
victory with the Hartford/Carolina franchise, and his next seven
with Calgary before the Flames traded him to Anaheim in June 2000
for a draft pick. ... The Blues, who beat Phoenix 5-4 Tuesday night
despite getting outshot 37-14, were outshot 36-25 by the Ducks. ...
Scott Niedermayer was named to the Canadian Olympic team on
Wednesday, four years after helping lead Team Canada to Olympic
gold at Salt Lake City. He is the only player to win an Olympic
gold medal, a Stanley Cup title, and play for the winning team in
the World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey, the Memorial Cup
and the World Juniors. ... Blues RW Mike Sillinger was scratched
because of the flu.