Corey Perry scores 18th goal, Ducks beat Blues 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks believe they sent a message to the rest of the NHL over the past week.

"We feel like we're an elite team," Getzlaf said. "And now we're starting to show it."

Getzlaf sparked an early three-goal outburst with his 16th of the season and rookie Frederik Andersen made 26 saves to lead the Ducks to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Anaheim won its second in a row, after beating defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago 3-2 in a shootout Friday. The Ducks' 45 points are tied for the most in the league with Chicago.

St. Louis lost for the third time in four games and fell to 12-2-2 at home.

Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano, Nick Bonino and Mark Fistric also scored for the Ducks, who had not won in regulation in their previous eight trips to St. Louis.

Anaheim completed a four-game run against the Western Conference elite with six points. The Ducks lost in overtime to San Jose and Los Angeles.

"This stretch has been big for us," Getzlaf said. "We're playing with a lot of confidence and we believe we can fit in with the best teams in the league."

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau agreed.

"What we've proved at this stage of the year is that we can play with the big boys and compete with them," he said. "We're going to leave (here) feeling good about ourselves."

Chicago, St. Louis, San Jose and Los Angeles are a combined 76-24-17.

Getzlaf, who added an assist, has a point in his last 13 games. He has 10 goals and 10 assists during that span.

Getzlaf missed three games in November with an injury and has a point in his team's past 11 games, the longest current run in the NHL.

Andersen, who won his first six starts, improved to 8-1 with his second successive victory. He leads all rookie goalies in wins.

Jaden Schwartz and Patrik Berglund scored third-period goals for St. Louis, which had won five straight home games.

Anaheim scored three times in the opening 7:29 to chase Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, who faced eight shots.

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