Ducks defeat Blues in shootout

Steve Overbey, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ST. LOUIS -- Anaheim center Nick Bonino simply couldn't contain his enthusiasm.
Bonino scored in the sixth round of the shootout to lead the Ducks to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday before 18,835 at Scottrade Center.
Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu also scored in the shootout for the Ducks, who won for the fifth time in six games.
Anaheim (7-2-1), which won the overall shootout 4-3, bounced back from a 3-1 loss in Dallas on Friday that snapped a four-game winning streak.
St. Louis (6-4-0) has lost four in a row, its longest regular-season losing streak under coach Ken Hitchcock, who took over Nov. 7, 2011.
More than a half hour after the game, Bonino was still enjoying his moment in the sun.
"I'm still shaking, this feels really good," he said. "I've never had a game-winner."
Bobby Ryan added two goals and two assists in regulation for the Ducks. Teemu Selanne had a goal and three assists.
Anaheim goalie Viktor Fasth stopped three shots in the shootout and remained unbeaten at 5-0.
The Ducks, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit, turned in a gutsy performance just 24 hours after their first regulation loss since Jan. 25.
"We came out a little flat tonight," Ryan said. "But for us to hang in there and get two points -- that's huge."
The 42-year-old Selanne agreed, "This was a good character win. From last night, this is great to bounce back this way. In the second and third periods, we were really moving."
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau decided to roll the dice and give Bonino a call late in the shootout even though the third-year player had never had an extra-period attempt.
"He's pretty skilled, but nobody knows (about him)," Boudreau said. "He made a great move. All of our goals were great moves."
The shootout capped off a nail-biting back-and-forth affair.
St. Louis defenseman Ian Cole appeared to score the game-winning goal with 23.1 seconds left in overtime. But Patrik Berglund was called for goalie interference on the play.
Blues winger Chris Stewart tied the game 5-5 on a power-play goal with 4:34 remaining in the third period. He pounded on the rebound of a shot by Alex Steen.
Koivu had given his team a 5-4 cushion by scoring on a wrist shot from the slot with just over six minutes left.
St. Louis winger T.J. Oshie tied the game 4-4 on a goal at 3:21 of the third period.
The Ducks scored three times in a span of 1:41 in the second period to erase a 3-1 deficit. Ryan put his team in front to stay with a wrist shot over goalie Brian Elliott at 14:21 of the second period.
Ryan started the blitz by pouncing on a rebound of a shot by Koivu. Andrew Cogliano tied the game 45 seconds later with a shot from the side of the net.
David Backes gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead on a high wrist shot at 15:30 of the second. The goal was the Blues' first 5-on-5 tally in 182 minutes and 26 seconds.
David Perron pumped the lead to 3-1 just under four minutes later. He converted on a rebound of a shot by Kevin Shattenkirk.
St. Louis jumped in front on a power-play goal by Steen early in the opening period. His wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle zipped through several players and behind Fasth, who never moved on the play.
Anaheim tied the game 1-1 at 11:09 on its first shot of the game as Ryan whipped a shot that went in off Elliott.
The Blues have given up at least five goals in each of their last four contests for the first time since Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2005.
Still, Hitchcock was not totally disappointed in the effort.
"We competed for 65 minutes and at a high level," he noted. "We played a heck of a hockey game. If we can build on this, this is a really good sign for us."
Steen felt his club was just too inconsistent.
"We started well and we finished well," he said. "In the middle of the game, we let them back in."
The Blues announced after the contest that RW Jamie Langenbrunner will undergo season-ending hip surgery next week.
"It makes sense to do it now," Langenbrunner said. "Get it done, then six months of getting in shape and I can be back strong."
NOTES: The Blues have scored at least one power-play goal in their last five games. ... St. Louis G Jaroslav Halak, who was placed on injured reserve with a groin ailment Feb. 3, faced shots in practice Friday and could be ready for Monday's game against Los Angeles. ... Anaheim G Jonas Hiller is listed as day-to-day. He left Friday's 3-1 loss in Dallas after the first period with a lower-body injury. The Ducks have recalled Jeff Deslauriers from Norfolk of the AHL to serve as backup. ... The Ducks are in the middle of a season-long six-game road trip that concludes Feb. 16 at Nashville. ... St. Louis D Wade Redden was honored before the contest. He played in his 1,000th career game Thursday.

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