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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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