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ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Recent success at home has given
the Anaheim Ducks plenty of reason to believe they are, in fact,
a team with which to be reckoned in the Western Conference.

Brendan Morrison snapped a tie with 2:37 remaining in the third
period and Chris Kunitz scored two goals as the Ducks skated to
a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves, George Parros netted his
third goal of the season and Teemu Selanne notched two assists
for the Ducks, who extended their winning streak at the Honda
Center to four games.

"It's a sign of a good team," Giguere said. "We didn't panic,
so I think that's a very big positive for us. We've wanted to
be better at home, and I think we've made a bit of an
improvement here. It's important to be good in your home
building. In the last three years, our success has started at
home every time."

The Ducks improved to 9-6-2 in their own building this season.

B.J. Crombeen scored for the fifth time in three games and Brad
Boyes added a power-play tally for the Blues, whose two-game
winning streak came to an end.

"We had some great chances, and we had the pressure on them for
most of the third period," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said.
"They're a very good team, and we had them on the ropes."

Morrison tapped a rebound into a vacant net in the midst of
traffic to give Anaheim a 3-2 edge, and Kunitz scored an
empty-netter with four seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Morrison's goal was just his third of the season.

"It's huge for him," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's
worked really hard, and he's been a good teammate. He's done
all the things we've asked of him and is as frustrated as
anybody on the way things started here. It's nice to see a
player get rewarded."

Crombeen opened the scoring with 7:31 left in the first by
firing a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle past Giguere
after taking possession of Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer's
turnover at the blue line.

"It was a 2-on-1, and I think that (Crombeen) wanted to go top
shelf," Giguere said. "I missed it, and it went underneath my
pads. ... (It was) not the best of goals, but for me, it's
trying to think positively right now and trying to get my game
back to where I want it to be."

Crombeen recorded a hat trick in the Blues' 6-3 win over the
Nashville Predators on Monday.

St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace suffered an undisclosed injury
moments before surrendering the game-tying goal by Parros 56
seconds later. Legace stopped Bobby Ryan's initial shot from
the right circle but appeared to injure his leg while scrambling
to gain possession of the rebound, which Parros collected in
front of the net and buried.

Ducks center Ryan Carter then skated across the crease while
celebrating the tally and inadvertently collided with Legace's
head.

"He is a little woozy right now," Murray said. "He got kneed in
the head by Carter. Whether it's an accident or on purpose, you
can't make contact with the goaltender, that's the rule. The
referee didn't see it that way, so we have to believe in his
interpretation. The bottom line is, they must not have seen it
or they would've called it."

Legace was helped off the ice in obvious pain and replaced by
Chris Mason, who turned aside 22 shots.

"It's always weird, but I guess that's part of the job," Mason
said. "I used to play behind Tomas Vokoun (with the Predators)
when I first got into the league, and that was my role - to be
ready. He played most of the games, but if he was having a
tough night or they just wanted to give him a break, they'd
throw me in there like that. So I've had some experience doing
that, but it's definitely not easy. Once you get in, you still
have your job to do."

Kunitz capitalized for the first time while standing on the
right side of the net, converting a cross-crease pass from Ryan
Getzlaf during a power play with 6:13 left in the second to give
the Ducks a 2-1 edge.

Boyes drew the Blues even with the man advantage with 7:07 to go
in the third, unleashing a slap shot that beat Giguere. The
26-year-old Boyes has scored in five of his last seven contests.

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