Fasth shines in SO, lifts Ducks over Blues 6-5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Viktor Fasth stopped three of six shootout attempts to become the first NHL goalie in eight years to win his first five starts, and Bobby Ryan had two goals and two assists as the Anaheim Ducks beat the struggling St. Louis Blues 6-5 on Saturday night.
Fasth, who began the game first in the NHL with a 1.06 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage, allowed five goals on 31 shots. Nolan Schaefer won his first five starts for San Jose in 2005.
Teemu Selanne had a goal and three assists, Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu also scored, and Nick Bonino netted the deciding tally in the shootout for the Ducks on their sixth attempt.
David Backes, Chris Stewart and Alexander Steen each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have dropped four straight. David Perron and T.J. Oshie also scored.
While Fasth is soaring, St. Louis’ Brian Elliott continued to struggle. After leading the NHL in GAA and save percentage last season, Elliott was 39th and 42nd in those categories before Saturday. His numbers got worse after he allowed five goals on 23 shots to the Ducks.
Elliott gave up a goal to Ryan on Anaheim’s first shot at 11:09 of the first period. He appeared to settle down after that, as St. Louis built a 3-1 lead. But the Ducks wiped out their deficit and took their first lead by scoring three times on three shots in a span of 1:41 late in the second period.
Selanne started the barrage when he put in a deflection with Elliott out of position at 13:25. Just 45 seconds later, Ryan scored on a shot from behind the goal. Cogliano then beat Elliott with a wrist shot from the right circle at 14:21 to make it 4-3.
St. Louis trailed 5-4 when Stewart tied the game with a power-play goal at 15:26 of the third.
NOTES: Blues D Wade Redden was presented with a silver stick and a watch before the game in honor of his becoming the 280th NHL player to play in 1,000 games. Redden reached the milestone Thursday against Detroit. ... Anaheim is 2-1 on its six-game road trip. ... St. Louis announced that forward Jamie Langenbrunner will need hip surgery and will miss the rest of the season.