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Ducks are on target in shootout

From the Associated Press

The Ducks are off to a fast start even though Teemu Selanne and his linemates haven’t broken out yet.

If they do, watch out.

Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored in a shootout, and the Ducks, who squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation, defeated the St. Louis Blues, 6-5, Monday night.

Selanne, who led the Ducks with 40 goals and 90 points last season, has one goal and seven assists this season.

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“We need the depth, obviously,” Selanne said. “Our line hasn’t sparked just yet. Our team is winning, and that’s what matters.”

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made one save in the tiebreaker as the Ducks tied idle Buffalo with an NHL-high 21 points.

Christan Backman nearly won it for the Blues in overtime, but his shot with just over five seconds left hit the right post. Backman gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead 31 seconds into the game with his first goal this season.

Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer ended a tie with a five-on-three power-play goal at 2 minutes 51 seconds of the third period, and Dustin Penner increased the lead to 5-3 with a man-advantage goal 43 seconds later.

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The five goals are the most given up this season by Giguere, who had a 1.81 goals-against average.

“It’s just one of those games,” he said. “I’m not going to beat myself up because I gave five goals. The key thing is we got the win.”

Travis Moen, Francois Beauchemin and Todd Merchant each scored to give the Ducks an early lead.


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