Wisniewski’s SO goal lifts Ducks over Blues
That chance finally came Saturday night.
Wisniewski scored in the seventh round of the tiebreaker to help the Ducks rally past the St. Louis Blues 4-3 for their eighth victory in 11 games.
After watching four shooters come up empty in the rounds three through six, Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle turned to Wisniewski, who had never participated in a shootout.
“He’s a confident guy and those situations don’t rattle him,” Carlyle said. “He made a hell of a move.”
Wisniewski gave Carlyle a long look during the shootout in an effort to catch his coach’s attention.
“I said, ‘Give a defenseman a try,”’ Wisniewski recalled. “We never get an opportunity. When I saw it go in, it was a pretty good feeling.”
“It was a surprise pick to me,” said Ryan, who leads U.S.-born players with 24 goals. “We play breakaway games every day (in practice) and he’s always one of the guys that scores.”
Ryan triggered the Ducks’ third-period comeback with two goals in the final 8 minutes. Anaheim scored three times in the final 14:47 to erase the big deficit.
“If you don’t play your game, you can’t expect results,” said St. Louis coach Davis Payne, 5-5-1 since taking over for the fired Andy Murray on Jan. 2. “We didn’t play our game in the third period.”
Ryan says the comeback should give his team a shot of confidence as it continues its 13-day, six-game road trip. Anaheim lost to San Jose 3-1 on Thursday in the first game of the swing.
“This was monumental,” Ryan said. “It was like a playoff game. This shows that we’re a very resilient team, able to bounce back in the face of almost everything.”
Ryan recorded 10 shots on goal.
NOTES: Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne(notes) missed his fifth straight game (broken jaw). He underwent surgery Jan. 14 and is expected to be out at least two more weeks. The injury could keep him from playing for Finland next month at the Vancouver Olympics. … The Blues have scored first in nine of 10 games. … Anaheim is 7-1-1 in its last nine games against St. Louis. … The Ducks have killed off 20 of 22 penalties.