Ryan nets hat trick as Ducks beat Blues
Ryan scored twice in the first period and completed his third career hat trick 30 seconds into the third. He later scored his career-best fourth point with an assist on All-Star pick
Ryan is embracing a major role in Getzlaf's absence with broken facial bones, shifting over from the wing to center Anaheim's top line. He has six goals in his last three games, including this barrage for his first career hat trick at Honda Center.
"It's special, because you're never going to get the hats (thrown on the ice) on the road," Ryan said.
"The month of December was a little bit ugly," Ryan said. "We've gone on streaks all year long. We need to come out at home, establish the forecheck, and establish our identity."
While coach Randy Carlyle knows he can count on Perry's consistency, he also sees Ryan maturing before his eyes. Already a proven NHL scorer at 23, the U.S. Olympian wasn't selected for the All-Star game after struggling through a drought featuring three goals in 18 games before his current three-game outburst.
Carlyle said he uses "a three-pronged approach" to keep Ryan focused: video study, meetings and one-on-one coaching.
"He's got to feel good about himself," Carlyle said. "He can't be down. He's still a young player. It's nice to see that he's finally being rewarded in the last little while. ... He's a goal-scorer, and he scored goal scorer-type goals. The first two goals went off the post and in. Those are pretty fine shots."
Ryan clinched his third straight 20-goal season with a pair of nifty scores in the opening minutes while Anaheim went ahead 3-0. St. Louis dominated the second period while pulling within one goal, but the
Hiller's career-best shutout streak ended at 178 minutes, 34 seconds on
Backes scored two second-period goals for the
"You look at the start they got off to, they got a pretty good jump on us,"
"You've got to work your way out of it and be smart about it,"
Ryan scored during a power play just 3 1/2 minutes in on a cross-ice pass from
Ryan nimbly deflected home
After Perry put a wraparound into an open net with 13:43 to play, the third period degenerated into a prolonged brawl that included six combined goals, 70 penalty minutes, four fights and two misconduct penalties.