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10/17/2011 12:00 AM EDT
Perry, Ryan lead Ducks over Blues 4-2
ANAHEIM 4, ST LOUIS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Corey Perry put his goal-scoring talents
on display in front of the home crowd on a night when the
Anaheim Ducks put his Hart and Rocket Richard trophies on
display for all the fans at Honda Center to inspect and have
their pictures taken with them.
Perry, linemate Bobby Ryan and defenseman Francois Beauchemin
scored during a 4:53 span of the third period, and the Ducks
rebounded from a sluggish second period to beat the St. Louis
Blues 4-2 on Sunday night.
"He showed again why he scored 50 goals last year," Anaheim
goalie Jonas Hiller said. "He's always in front of the net and
just seems to know where to go to get those pucks. I don't think
he cares as much about those trophies as he does about winning.
He's a team player. And if he scores, we normally have a better
chance to win."
Perry, the first Ducks player to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP
- also captured the Richard Trophy as the league's top goal
scorer. He was flanked by the two pieces of silverware during a
Perry was introduced to the crowd, and he skated to center ice
to receive a framed collage of his achievements from Ducks CEO
"I got a lot of taps on the shin pads before the opening
faceoff, and it was nice - especially coming from the other
team," Perry said. "This was special. It was a tremendous honor
just to be acknowledged. I have to thank the organization for
Ryan scored the first of his two goals in the opening period,
leading to 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.
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.
"I think we played a good 40 minutes," said Halak, who made 19
saves. "Then in the third period, we killed the penalty and they
scored right away on a lucky bounce for their guy. It seemed
like they took over and they scored two more goals. It was too
late for us to start playing again, and we just have to learn
Beauchemin, whose turnover led to the Blues' first 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 for the Ducks, who had been 0 for 15.
"We knew we would score eventually," coach Randy Carlyle said.
"But the longer you go, the more the pressure mounts and guys
start squeezing their sticks. Even tonight, pucks bounced away
from us, but we'll take the win."
The Blues were 0 for 4 on the power play, and are 1 for 20
overall this season. St. Louis has allowed at least one
power-play goal in each of their first games.
"It's costing us games," Blues captain David Backes said of the
special teams. "The two goals right after the kill ends, they
might as well be penalty-kill goals. They never got out of our
end. We never really established our five-on-five set there. But
if you count those as power-play goals against, we're minus-two
on the special teams.
"We lose by two goals in our last two games on the specialty
teams battle. We need to be better there. I think we got that
second goal and we got a little momentum and a couple more
chances that we didn't bury. They've obviously got a great line
that can make you pay."
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
"I think we had a little fire lit under us going into the
third," Ryan said. "We had a terrible second and we were chasing
the puck all over the place. And when the ice deteriorates like
it did, we try to keep things a little more simple."
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.
The Perry-Getzlaf-Ryan line had put a combined 21 shots on net
overall through the first three games without any success. Last
season, the trio also came up empty during the first three games
before each of them scored in a home win over Vancouver.
"I would say it's about time," Carlyle said. "They've had their
fair share of chances, and tonight they were rewarded for some
of the hard work that they've put in. They're not going to get
any easy assignments because they're going to draw the top
defensive pairs that the other teams have. So their work has
Jason Blake, Anaheim's second-line left wing, 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 win when Sharks defenseman Brent Burns accidentally
skated over Blake's wrist. Blake is expected to be sidelined at
least three months.
NOTES: This is the eighth time the St. Louis Cardinals have
reached the World Series since the Blues joined the NHL in the
1967-68 season. The Blues won fewer than half their games in all
of those seasons, except in 2004-05 when the NHL was shut down
by a lockout. ... 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 missed his second game because
of 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.
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