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Blues Skate Past Ducks

The St. Louis Blues, the NHL's best traveling team this season, needed a wakeup call during their game against Anaheim, spotting the Mighty Ducks two goals.

Al MacInnis, who missed the previous three games with back spasms, scored the go-ahead goal with 1:49 remaining and Jochen Hecht added an empty-net goal Monday night as St. Louis beat Anaheim 4-2 to stretch its club-record road winning streak to eight games.

"When you're on a roll like we are, we're playing with a lot of confidence and everybody's contributing in different ways," said MacInnis, who scored his eighth goal on a 45-foot slap shot that sailed over the left shoulder of goalie Dominic Roussel.

"Nobody was panicking and we stuck to our game plan," MacInnis said. "We chipped away and got ourselves back into it and ended up winning."

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  • Michal Handzus tied it 2-2 on a power play with 11:17 left, helping the Blues win their fourth straight and 10th in their last 11. St. Louis is 20-8-2 on the road and 38-15-6 overall.

    "There's a little bit of excitement in our room right now, and a little bit of momentum," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said.

    Handzus evened it with a fine individual effort, skating down the right wing, slicing inside of defenseman Ruslan Salei and beating Roussel from 30 feet for his 17th goal.

    Hecht's goal with 54 seconds remaining was his eighth.

    "They're the No. 1 team in our conference, but that doesn't mean we can't beat them," said the Mighty Ducks' Teemu Selanne, who took five shots but didn't score.

    "The third period has been our nightmare for a while and tonight was the same story. We were leading after two periods in our building and there should have been no way that we would lose the game."

    Asked to explain the third-period lapses, Selanne said, "I don't know. Are we afraid to have success? We backed up and gave them momentum."

    After the Mighty Ducks went up 2-0 early in the second period, Marty Reasoner cut the deficit to 2-1 at 11:32 of the period with his sixth goal in nine games since his promotion from the minors.

    Jeff Finley, skating near the boards, shot from the left wing. Reasoner picked up the rebound and poked a shot past the sprawling Roussel.

    Salei gave Anaheim a 2-0 edge with a 20-foot slap shot from the slot 3:19 into the second for his fourth goal. Ted Donato redirected a shot by Fredrik Olausson past St. Louis goalie Roman Turek for Anaheim's first goal, 2:34 into the period. Donato's goal was his ninth.

    Anaheim squandered a two-man advantage for a span of 1:13 late in the second, failing to get a shot. They were 0-for-5 on the power play, ending their streak of 10 games with at least one power play goal one short of the club record.

    The Mighty Ducks were without leading scorer Paul Kariya, out with a bruised right foot.

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