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.
“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.
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.