Mighty Ducks 4, Blues 3

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Steve Rucchin scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the third period, to lead the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Anaheim got off to a quick start when Jason Krog and Vitaly Vishnevski scored 69 seconds apart in the first period for a 2-0 lead.

Vishnevski also had two assists as Anaheim ended the Blues’ five-game winning streak. Peter Cajanek, Pavol Demitra and Eric Nickulas scored for the Central Division-leading Blues.

Rucchin put the Ducks ahead to stay with 15:06 to play, scoring his eighth goal of the season with Bryce Salvador off the ice serving a roughing penalty. It was the 18th two-goal game and third this season for Rucchin.

Rucchin’s first goal put the Ducks ahead 3-2 at 14:06 of the second period. But Nickulas tied it less than two minutes later, beating goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the stick side with a 15-foot wrist shot.

The Blues tied it 2-all at 17:06 of the first as Cajanek and Demitra scored 75 seconds apart against last season’s playoff MVP. Demitra’s came on a power play while Ruslan Salei was off for hooking Demitra.

The Ducks scored on two of their first four shots against Brent Johnson— starting for the first time in five games after watching Chris Osgood post two shutouts in St. Louis’ last three contests.

Krog converted a rebound of Vishnevski’s slap shot from the left point at 8:45 of the first. Johnson then fanned on a seemingly harmless wrist shot by Vishnevski from the right point while trying to glove it. The goal was theAnaheim defenseman’s first goal in 23 games dating back to last March 13.


Mike Babcock’s regular-season record as Anaheim coach is 47-34-10-9. Ron Wilson was 38-56-6 in his first 100 games as Ducks coach, and Craig Hartsburg was 43-41-15-1. … The Blues will start practicing at a new facility when they return home, moving to the St. Louis Mills mall in Hazelwood, Mo., after five years at the Summit Center in Chesterfield, Mo. … Anaheim’s next game is Tuesday at Colorado, where Giguere will attempt to end his 0-4 start on the road. … St. Louis’ Keith Tkachuk served the second game of his three-game suspension for a cross-checking incident against San Jose’s Rob Davison. Doug Weight completed his four-game suspension for his cross-check to the head ofVancouver’s Henrik Sedin.

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  Game Winning Goal
P. Demitra P. Demitra
St. Louis Blues
Scored at 15:22 of 1st


Goalie Team Shot Save
Chris Osgood Det 18 18