Perry, Ryan lead Ducks over Blues 4-2
Sunday, October 16, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Francois Beauchemin, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan scored during a 4:23 span of the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night.
Ryan also scored in the first period, for his 20th multigoal game in the NHL, and added an assist on Beauchemin’s go-ahead goal at 1:31. Ryan Getzlaf and defenseman Luca Sbisa both had two assists.
Jonas Hiller, coming off a 31-save shutout against San Jose on Friday, made 28 saves. The only shots that got past him were by Patrik Berglund in the first period and Alexander Steen in the third, after the Ducks built a three-goal lead against Jaroslav Halak.
Perry, who last season became the first Ducks player to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP, was honored in a pregame ceremony.
Beauchemin, whose turnover led to the tying goal, atoned for his mistake with a screened slap shot from the left point that beat Halak and gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Perry, coming off his first 50-goal season, got his first of this season from the edge of the crease with 16:20 left.
It was the first power-play goal this season for the Ducks, who had been 0 for 15. Anaheim went ahead 4-1 when Ryan swooped in on Halak and took a shot that hit the goalie’s right pad and dribbled in with 13:36 remaining.
Anaheim grabbed a 1-0 lead 2:20 in just as Nikita Nikitin’s holding penalty expired. Ryan, who scored over 30 goals each of the previous three seasons, got his first on a rebound of Beauchemin’s one-timer from the right point.
Jason Arnott had a great chance to tie it about nine minutes in, but fanned on a tap-in at the right of the crease with Hiller out of position. Berglund eventually tied it at 5:43 of the second, redirecting in Alex Pietrangelo’s wrist shot from the right point.
Anaheim’s second-line left wing Jason Blake is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday to repair the lacerated tendon above his left wrist. He was injured during the third period of Friday’s 1-0 win over San Jose when Sharks defenseman Brent Burns accidentally skated over Blake’s wrist. Blake is expected to be sidelined at least three months.
NOTES: The Ducks and Blues split last season’s series with each team winning twice at home. ... Anaheim LW Patrick Maroon was promoted from Syracuse of the AHL to replace Blake on the roster. He didn’t play after taking part in the pregame warmup. ... Blues C Andy McDonald, who helped Anaheim win the Stanley Cup in 2007, missed his second game due to a concussion. His status will be updated Monday. ... St. Louis is 63-51-15 since Davis Payne replaced Andy Murray as coach. Murray was 57-51-21 in his first 129 games. ... The Blues were 0 for 4 on the power play, and are 1 for 20 overall this season.
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