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Ducks 7, Blues 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 7, Blues 4
St. Louis Blues 4, Anaheim Ducks 7

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks have been nearly unbeatable since Ryan Getzlaf got hit in the face with a puck, and the player filling in for their injured captain is a big reason why.

Bobby Ryan had three goals and an assist, All-Star selection Jonas Hiller made 30 saves, and the surging Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 Wednesday night for their sixth win in seven games.

Ryan scored twice in the first period and completed his third career hat trick 30 seconds into the third. He later scored his career-best fourth point with an assist on All-Star pick Corey Perry's score during Anaheim's four-goal third period.

Ryan is embracing a major role in Getzlaf's absence with broken facial bones, shifting over from the wing to center Anaheim's top line. He has six goals in his last three games, including this barrage for his first career hat trick at Honda Center.

"It's special, because you're never going to get the hats (thrown on the ice) on the road," Ryan said.

Lubomir Visnovsky had a power-play goal while matching his career high with three points for the Ducks, who won three straight to wrap up a six-game homestand that catapulted them back into the Western Conference race. Anaheim's seven-game surge began on the same night Getzlaf was hit in the forehead by a deflected shot, likely sidelining him until next month.

"The month of December was a little bit ugly," Ryan said. "We've gone on streaks all year long. We need to come out at home, establish the forecheck, and establish our identity."

While coach Randy Carlyle knows he can count on Perry's consistency, he also sees Ryan maturing before his eyes. Already a proven NHL scorer at 23, the U.S. Olympian wasn't selected for the All-Star game after struggling through a drought featuring three goals in 18 games before his current three-game outburst.

Carlyle said he uses "a three-pronged approach" to keep Ryan focused: video study, meetings and one-on-one coaching.

"He's got to feel good about himself," Carlyle said. "He can't be down. He's still a young player. It's nice to see that he's finally being rewarded in the last little while. ... He's a goal-scorer, and he scored goal scorer-type goals. The first two goals went off the post and in. Those are pretty fine shots."

Ryan clinched his third straight 20-goal season with a pair of nifty scores in the opening minutes while Anaheim went ahead 3-0. St. Louis dominated the second period while pulling within one goal, but the Ducks poured it on with four consecutive goals in the third.

Jason Blake and Brandon McMillan also scored, while Teemu Selanne and rookie Cam Fowler each had two assists for the Ducks, who have outscored their past three opponents 14-4.

Hiller's career-best shutout streak ended at 178 minutes, 34 seconds on Blues All-Star selection David Backes' first goal, but the Ducks' Swiss goalie earned his 22nd victory, matching Detroit's Jimmy Howard for the NHL lead.

Backes scored two second-period goals for the Blues, who are winless in five straight.

"You look at the start they got off to, they got a pretty good jump on us," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "We made some mental mistakes early that cost us. ... It's one thing not to have your legs going early, but the mental preparation has to be better."

Ryan Reaves scored his first NHL goal in the final minutes for St. Louis, which opened the second half of its regular season and a three-game California road trip by dropping to 0-4-1 in January.

Brad Boyes also scored, and Ty Conklin stopped just 17 shots for the Blues on a rare night off for starting goalie Jaroslav Halak.

"You've got to work your way out of it and be smart about it," Blues center Alexander Steen said. "We have another game (Thursday) against L.A., and we have to redeem ourselves. We've just gotten away from doing the little things right consistently throughout the 60 minutes."

Ryan scored during a power play just 3 1/2 minutes in on a cross-ice pass from Joffrey Lupul. Ryan connected again on an exceptional pass from Perry, who fought off two defenders behind the net before finding Ryan in front.

Ryan nimbly deflected home Andreas Lilja's shot to complete the 30th hat trick in club history. Ryan has three of the last four, including two this season.

After Perry put a wraparound into an open net with 13:43 to play, the third period degenerated into a prolonged brawl that included six combined goals, 70 penalty minutes, four fights and two misconduct penalties.

Notes: St. Louis D Carlo Colaiacovo was hit in the face by a puck off the stick of Anaheim's Matt Beleskey during the first period. He didn't return. ... Anaheim F Todd Marchant's third-period assist ended a 14-game scoreless skid for the former 60-point scorer.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:31
ANA
PPG - Bobby Ryan (19) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (5), Lubomir Visnovsky (27)
1 - 0 ANA
07:21
ANA
Jason Blake (9) ASST: Saku Koivu (13), Teemu Selanne (26)
2 - 0 ANA
18:17
ANA
Bobby Ryan (20) ASST: Corey Perry (25), Lubomir Visnovsky (28)
3 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
03:44
STL
David Backes (13) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (14), Alex Pietrangelo (14)
3 - 1 ANA
06:15
STL
David Backes (14) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (15), Erik Johnson (11)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
00:30
ANA
Bobby Ryan (21) ASST: Andreas Lilja (4), Cam Fowler (19)
4 - 2 ANA
06:17
ANA
Corey Perry (22) ASST: Matt Beleskey (5), Bobby Ryan (14)
5 - 2 ANA
13:20
ANA
PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (8) ASST: Cam Fowler (20), Teemu Selanne (27)
6 - 2 ANA
15:16
ANA
PPG - Brandon McMillan (4) ASST: Andy Sutton (3), Todd Marchant (5)
7 - 2 ANA
16:20
STL
Ryan Reaves (1) ASST: Matt D'Agostini (12)
7 - 3 ANA
17:58
STL
PPG - Brad Boyes (10) ASST: Matt D'Agostini (13), Alexander Steen (16)
7 - 4 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
01:51
STL
Philip McRae  Tripping against  Luca Sbisa
09:24
ANA
Andreas Lilja  Holding against  Philip McRae
18:52
ANA
Bobby Ryan  Hi-sticking against  Erik Johnson
2nd Period
14:34
STL
Brad Winchester  Elbowing against  Lubomir Visnovsky
3rd Period
01:06
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Interference against  Vladimir Sobotka
13:00
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Tripping against  Dan Sexton
13:47
STL
Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  George Parros
13:47
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
13:50
ANA
Maxim Lapierre  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
13:50
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Maxim Lapierre
14:05
STL
Brad Winchester  Kneeing against  Joffrey Lupul
14:05
ANA
Joffrey Lupul  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brad Winchester
14:05
STL
Brad Winchester  Misconduct (10 min) against  Joffrey Lupul
14:05
ANA
Luca Sbisa  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Brewer
14:05
STL
Eric Brewer  Fighting (maj) against  Luca Sbisa
17:22
STL
Vladimir Sobotka  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Beleskey
17:22
ANA
Matt Beleskey  Fighting (maj) against  Vladimir Sobotka
17:22
ANA
Matt Beleskey  Hooking against  Vladimir Sobotka
17:44
ANA
Todd Marchant  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Ty Conklin
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .708SH: 0 - 0
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
22-14-3
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1

 
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