Bobby Ryan's Hat Trick Leads Ducks Over Blues

Jonas Hiller and Corey Perry of the Ducks were named NHL All-Stars on Tuesday.

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Ducks 7, Blues 4: Bobby Ryan Hat Trick Leads Anaheim To Third Straight Win

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Bobby Ryan recorded his third career hat trick and set a career high with four points, as the Anaheim Ducks outlasted the St.Louis Blues, 7-4. Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who were coming off back-to-back shutouts. Corey Perry added a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which got one goal apiece from Jason Blake and Brandon McMillan.

Jonas Hiller, who was in the net for both shutouts, made 30 saves for the Ducks, who went 5-1-0 during their homestand. "We've realized that on a homestand you really need to come out and put your best foot forward," Ryan said. "The month of December was a little bit ugly. We've gone on streaks all year long. We need to come out at home, establish the forecheck and our identity."

David Backes had two goals for the Blues, who have dropped five straight games. Brad Boyes and Ryan Reaves also lit the lamp. Ty Conklin allowed all seven goals on 24 shots. Ryan got the scoring started with a power-play goal at the 3:31 mark of the first period. Joffrey Lupul slid a pass to the right circle for Ryan, whose wrister beat Conklin.

At the 7:21 mark, Blake controlled the puck behind the net before coming out front and firing a shot. The disc hit off the skate of a Blues defenseman and went into the net. A great play from Perry with 1:43 left helped give the Ducks a 3-0 lead. Perry was being checked to the ice behind the net, but somehow managed to one-hand a pass in front. Ryan was right there for the easy tip-in.

St. Louis got a pair of goals from Backes in the second stanza to make things interesting. Backes' first goal came on a breakaway at the 3:44 mark. Less than three minutes later, Backes beat Hiller with a wrister from the left circle to make it 3-2. Ryan completed his hat trick just 30 seconds into the third. Andreas Lilja's slapper from the right point hit off the stick of Ryan and beat Conklin.

"The first one was a weird play. It came off the cycle and I tried to push it low. Lupul made a great play through the slot area to find me. I had a lot of net to shoot it," Ryan said. "The whole play with Perry, I was in the right spot at the right time. The third one, Lilja made a great shot. I was the benefactor of a lot of good plays around me tonight. It was nice to have those."

Perry gave Anaheim a 5-2 edge at the 6:17 mark. Conklin tried to play the puck behind his own net, but Perry stole the disc and converted an easy wraparound. Visnovsky's slapper from the point on the power play made it 6-2 with 6:40 to play. McMillan scored a power-play goal of his own less than two minutes later to make it a five-goal game.

Reaves' first career goal came with 3:40 left, and Boyes lit the lamp with 2:02 remaining to account for the final score. "You look at the start they got off to - they got a pretty good jump on us," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "They scored a power play goal, but we stayed with it. We got ourselves back in the game, but we made some mental mistakes early that cost us. We got back on track in the second, but to have them pull ahead by two that quickly was a tough one to overcome. It's one thing to not have your legs going early, but the mental preparation has to be better."

The Blues had won two in a row against the Ducks...The first St. Louis goal snapped Hiller's career-high shutout streak at 178:34...The Blues went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Ducks finished 3-for-4...Ryan has scored three of the club's last four hat tricks.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.


Hiller, Ducks Host Struggling Blues At Honda Center

(Sports Network) - Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks will aim for a third straight shutout when they host the struggling St. Louis Blues tonight at the Honda Center. The Ducks have won their last two games by a combined 7-0 margin and Anaheim has taken five of its last six contests overall. Hiller was in net for both shutouts, stopping 27 shots in Friday's 6-0 win over Columbus and making 37 saves Sunday against San Jose.

Hiller, who has four shutouts this season and 10 in his career, had little margin for error in the 1-0 victory over the Sharks. Bobby Ryan scored the lone goal for the Ducks, firing a shot from the right circle through traffic at the 14:29 mark of the second period. It was the 18th time he lit the lamp this season. "We didn't score as many goals as the last one and I absolutely did not want to get scored on," Hiller said. "It worked out well again. I think everybody feels good out there and so do I. We had a great team effort."

Hiller is 4-2-0 with a 3.33 goals-against average in six career starts against the Blues and has never posted a shutout versus St. Louis. Hiller, who along with Ducks forward Corey Perry were named to the All-Star Game on Tuesday, is expected to get his ninth straight start in net for Anaheim tonight. This evening's tilt marks the close of a six-game homestand for the Ducks, who are 15-7-1 as the host this season.

The Blues have lost four straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak and St. Louis has still yet to win a game in the 2011 calendar year. St. Louis was dealt a 4-3 loss Monday by the visiting Phoenix Coyotes, as Taylor Pyatt scored the go-ahead goal with 3:12 remaining in regulation at Scottrade Center. Matt D'Agostini and Brad Winchester had scored 20 seconds apart early in the third period to put St. Louis ahead 3-2, but the Coyotes pulled even when Kyle Turris beat Jaroslav Halak with a wrister from the high slot midway through the frame. Phoenix then seized the lead as Pyatt slipped the puck behind Halak on a wraparound.

Halak stopped 29 shots for the Blues, who are 12th in the West with 46 points, but are still only four points in back of Anaheim, which is tied for sixth. "There's a fine line between winning and losing and right now we're on the wrong side of it," Blues defenseman Eric Brewer said. Tonight kicks off a three-game road trip for the Blues, who have lost five of their last seven away from St. Louis and are just 6-8-4 as the guest this season.

St. Louis torched the visiting Ducks, 5-1, in the only meeting between the clubs this year on Oct. 11. D'Agostini scored twice for the Blues in that tilt and Halak needed to make just 13 saves for the win. The Blues have won two straight in this series, but Anaheim has still taken four of seven and seven of the last 11 encounters. St. Louis has also lost five out of six in Anaheim.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

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