Perry leads Ducks past Blues
Sunday, March 10, 2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal with 14:40 left in the third period before adding an empty-netter in the final minute, Jonas Hiller made 14 of his 29 saves in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks tied a franchise record with their 11th consecutive home victory Sunday night, 4-2 against the St. Louis Blues.
Bobby Ryan tied it early in the third and Andrew Cogliano had a short-handed goal, helping the Ducks improve the NHL’s second-best record to 18-3-3. Anaheim, 15-2-2 in its last 19 games, hasn’t lost at home since the opener against Vancouver.
Patrik Berglund had a power-play goal, Ryan Reaves also scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 17 saves for the Blues, who have lost six straight in Anaheim and 10-of-11 there.
Ryan was sent off for tripping Roman Polak at 1:17 of the third, and the Blues grabbed a 2-1 lead on the ensuing power play. Berglund used defenseman Toni Lydman as a screen to beat Hiller 24 seconds later.
Ryan redeemed himself when he jumped on a loose puck in front and whipped in his eighth goal of the season. Francois Beauchemin earned one of his three assists on the goal.
Polak was off for tripping Saku Koivu when Perry parked himself at the right of the crease, and Ryan Getzlaf’s screened wrist shot from the top of the right circle glanced off him and past Halak for his fifth game-winner this season.
In a game featuring teams that came in with the NHL’s top two power-play units, the league-leading Ducks were 1 for 7. St. Louis was 1 for 3 and surrendered a short-handed goal for the fourth time this season.
Shortly after coming up empty on a two-man advantage, the Ducks tied it 1-1 at 8:24 of the second period with a power-play goal.
Coming off consecutive shutout wins for the fifth time in franchise history, the Ducks fell behind 1-0 at 6:09 of the first when Reaves redirected Wade Redden’s wrist shot from the left point past Hiller’s stick for his first of the season.
Redden’s assist was the fourth point in 15 games for the two-time All-Star defenseman.
Notes: The Ducks have never posted three straight shutouts in the regular season, but did it in the 2006 playoffs. ... Anaheim had an 11-game home winning streak in the 2009-10 season. ... Free agent C Jason Arnott, who has been skating with the Blues this week, will find out Monday whether he will be signed. Arnott last played in the NHL on April 30 with the Blues in the second game of the Western Conference semifinals. ... The Blues are 3 for 29 on the power play in their last 11 games. ... The Ducks are 8-0 against Central Division teams. ... Anaheim C Nick Bonino was dressed for the game, but didn’t play because of the flu. RW Kyle Palmieri missed his fourth straight game because of an upper body injury. ... Blues LW Andy McDonald missed his seventh straight game because of an injured left knee. He sat out 51 games last season with a concussion.
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