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The St. Louis Blues signed Paul Kariya, hoping he would add some much-needed offence.
So far, so good.
Kariya scored a goal and had three assists Tuesday night as the Blues kept Anaheim winless on the road by beating the Ducks 4-2 Tuesday night.
Kariya, who had 72 points for Nashville last season, has nine assists and 11 points for the Blues in his first seven games. Kariya credited his linemates, Keith Tkachuk and Brad Boyes, for helping with his spurt.
"(Tkachuk) got us going," Kariya said. "He was going to the net, creating a lot of traffic, and it was nice to see him rewarded there."
Boyes scored twice and has six goals and two assists. Tkachuk had a goal and two assists.
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Brad Boyes scored two goals Tuesday night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Ducks at Scottrade Center.
The Blues manhandled the Ducks in the second period, sandwiching three goals in between scores by Andy McDonald and Mark Mowers of the Ducks, who suffered their second consecutive loss.
Outshooting the Ducks, 14-5, in the middle 20-minute session, St. Louis struck for an even-strength goal by Keith Tkachuk and two power-play strikes by Boyes, with former Ducks captain Paul Kariya assisting on all three. Kariya added the clinching empty-net goal with 32.9 seconds left.
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The Ducks were coming off a horrible performance against the Dallas Stars when they rolled into St. Louis on Tuesday evening. They had two days to practice, refocus, regroup, and try to change what desperately needed changing. St. Louis has been a much improved team this year and had a four game winning streak before losing to Minnesota last Saturday. The Ducks power play would not be easy to improve as the Blues had the fourth best 90.3% penalty kill rate going into the game. The former Blues captain, Chris Pronger, got to meet up with former Ducks captain, Paul Kariya.
The Ducks started the evening with a deficit - Rob Niedermayer out of the line up with a groin strain that would be reevaluated when the team returns home to Anaheim. Without any extra players, the Ducks were down a forward and the lines, once again, were being juggled. Both Manny Legace and Jean-Sebastien Giguere were strong in goal in the first period, with Giguere stopping all 12 shots on goal and Legace stopping all 6 shots. Towards the end of the first period, Andy McDonald got whacked on the jaw by a Blues elbow, but it did not get called. George Parros took things into his own hands and on the next shift he dropped the gloves against D.J. King in the first fight of the game.
The scoring got going in the second period with McDonald getting credit for the first goal at 1:37. Kent Huskins did the hard work and took a great shot that went off of McDonald’s foot and into the net. It was the only time the Ducks would have the lead. Keith Tkachuk, who seems greatly rejuvenated playing with Paul Kariya, tied up the game at 7:01 after the Ducks lost the puck on the faceoff. Immediately after was fight #2 between Travis Moen and Matt Walker, a move that energized both benches.
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Anaheim Duck Fan Analysis
Ducks fans were hopeful that tonight would be the night...the night the Ducks get a win on the road. But unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards for the Ducks tonight, and it wasn’t for a lack of effort.
The Ducks started out the game short one forward, with Rob Niedermayer out due to a groin strain. During the game the Ducks lost forward Ryan Getzlaf to an upper body injury and forward Brad May to a hand injury after a fight with Barrett Jackman in the second. This left the Ducks with just 9 forwards and 7 defensemen with almost a period and a half left in the game.
There was plenty of action in this game. Scoring, fast skating and fighting. In addition to May's fight, George Parros dropped the gloves with DJ King, and Travis Moen fought Matt Walker, but it was May’s fight & his injury that cost the team the most.
Francois Beauchemin took a nasty hit to the head from DJ King in the second, which in my opinion should be reviewed by the League. Beauchemin was treated at the bench for a bloody nose, but was able to return to the game.
Most of the scoring came in the second period, which is where the Ducks seemed to play their best hockey. Andy McDonald and Mark Mowers both netted one for the Ducks, with Mowers’ goal coming off a great pass from Corey Perry.
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View Girl with a Puck's liveblog
Tonight, despite being a good two and a half hours behind the opening face-off, I will be liveblogging (as I watch it) the Ducks-St. Louis Blues game. It marks the first times the Ducks will take on their former, still-sans-Stanley Cup ex-Captain Paul Kariya and his much improved team. Interesting factoid of the night is that two former-captains of the opposing clubs will be squaring off tonight: Chris Pronger, the former Blues Captain and present-Ducks Cappy vs. the so-called evil PK, who spent his first nine NHL seasons with the then-Disney-owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.Read the rest here - Link
Ooh. And in other "Captain" return news? Tonight Captain Canada (aka Ryan Smyth) is squaring off with his ex-team, the Edmonton Oilers. Perhaps he's skating around that smooth Edmontonian ice, planting his butt in front of Dwayne Roloson and mentally shouting, "How do you like them apples?" to Oiler GM Kevin Lowe.
Or, you know, maybe not.
In any case, pitting Anaheim's 4-5-1 record against St. Louis' 4-2-0 one may not look too promising, considering the significant upgrade the Blues made when they made their summer deals. In obtaining the evil PK, they also got themselves a great playmaker with a sweet touch for goals. He presently leads their club in points (7), and found that going pointless -- as he did last Saturday against Minnesota -- spells l-o-s-s. Thankfully, the Ducks usually find success against the Blues, boasting a 6-1-0 record since 2005, and generally respond with impassioned play following a disastrous game against the Stars on Saturday.