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Ducks lose two-goal lead, escape with win over Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks are off to a fast start even
though Teemu Selanne and his linemates haven't busted out yet.

If they do, watch out.

Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout to lift Anaheim
to a wild 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Blues after the Ducks
squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation Monday night.

Selanne, who led the Ducks with 40 goals and 90 points last
season, has just one goal and seven assists so far for the Ducks
(9-0-3).

"We need the depth obviously" Selanne said. "Our line hasn't
sparked just yet. Our team is winning and that's what matters."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made one save in the tiebreaker and
watched St. Louis' other attempt go wide as the Ducks tied idle
Buffalo with an NHL-high 21 points.

Christan Backman nearly won it for the Blues in overtime, but
his shot with just over 5 seconds left hit the right post behind
Giguere. Backman gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the
game with his first goal of the season.

St. Louis erased a pair of two-goal deficits to earn a point in
the standings.

"We feel good about being able to come back, but when it comes
down to it, we want two points," Backman said. "We don't want to
be losing. It doesn't matter who we're playing."

Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer snapped a tie with a 5-on-3
power-play goal at 2:51 of the third period and Dustin Penner
pushed the Ducks' lead to 5-3 with another man-advantage goal 43
seconds later.

The Blues then set up for their second comeback.

Keith Tkachuk netted his first of the season on a power play
with 5:10 remaining in the third period, and Radek Dvorak got St.
Louis even at 18:56.

Officials reviewed that goal for several moments to see if
Dvorak struck the puck with a high stick. But he was credited with
his fourth of the season.

The five goals marks a season-high allowed by Giguere, who
entered with a 1.81 goals against average.

"It's just one of those games," he said. "I'm not going to
beat myself up because I gave five goals. The key thing is we got
the win."

St. Louis' Curtis Sanford made 28 saves before the shootout.

The Blues pulled even at 3 late in the second period on Dennis
Wideman's first goal of the season. That came only 1:33 after Lee
Stempniak cut St. Louis' deficit to 3-2 with his sixth goal.

Wideman's tally ended a series of futile power-play
opportunities for St. Louis. The Blues failed to convert during
their first 8:41 minutes with an extra man, including a two-man
advantage in the final minutes of the first period.

The Blues didn't record a shot during the 5-on-3 and were
showered with a chorus of boos from the small crowd as the power
play ended.

Travis Moen, Francois Beauchemin, Todd Merchant each scored to
stake Anaheim to its early lead.

Game notes
St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds dropped the
ceremonial first puck before the game. He followed manager Tony La
Russa who handled the duties before the Blues-Red Wings game
Saturday, the day after the Cardinals won their 10th World Series
title. ... St. Louis pitchers Anthony Reyes, Brad Thompson and Josh
Hancock also attended the game. ... Selanne notched his seventh
assist on Beauchemin's goal. ... The Blues are 0-0-3 when scoring
first.