Matt Beleskey continued his career season by scoring his 16th goal, taking a pass from
"We find a way," Ducks Coach
They found their way on Friday in part because they had some scoring depth in the first game this season they didn't have a forward on the injured list. Winger
"It's good that we battled back after the San Jose loss," said Vatanen, who contributed two assists but also put the Ducks two men down with an errant clearing pass that cost them a delay-of-game penalty in the second period.
"It's a big win always when you play your conference teams. You try to win because it's like a four-point game."
Vatanen's penalty, at 15:39 of the middle period, was the last one taken by the Ducks. "You take five penalties in the first two periods, it really screws up the line combinations and the ice times and everything else," Boudreau said. "By not taking them we were able to do what we wanted to do as far as match and roll."
Center Ryan Getzlaf, honored by the
The Ducks regained the lead at 5:20, on a fine play by
The Blues came back to pull even at 6:23, a goal made possible when Jori Lehtera forced
But St. Louis tied it yet again, this time during a five-on-three advantage. Palmieri was serving a tripping penalty and Vatanen had been penalized for delay of game when Steen ripped a one-timer from the right circle at 14:27.
Beleskey scored the winner on a smart play by Vatanen, who corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone and fed Beleskey, who went in on a two-on-one with Kesler.
"It was just one of those chances," Beleskey said. "He stopped me a few times early in the game, and I was lucky I got that one through."
Lucky or good, it was a big lift for a team that continues to find ways to claw out wins.