ANAHEIM – If it had not been made clear before now, the Ducks’ Sami Vatanen showed Sunday night that he knows his way around a power play.
Vatanen scored twice with the man advantage Sunday night to back goalie Frederik Andersen's first career shutout as the Ducks won their fifth straight, a 3-0 decision over the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center.
Two days after dipping into the Western Conference fray with a tight 2-1 win over Minnesota, the Ducks (5-1-0) had no problem handling another fellow Stanley Cup contender that was coming off a 6-1 rout of Arizona on Saturday night.
“We’re starting to play like we want to,” said Andersen, who stopped 28 shots. “Our last game wasn’t the best but we got the job done. We came strong in this game and played well defensively and offensively the whole 60 minutes.
“That was a really good effort today.”
It was Vatanen who provided the offensive juice for the Ducks (5-1-0), scoring in the first and second periods for his first two-goal game in the NHL. The offensive-minded Finnish defenseman entered the season as a full-time regular for the first time.
Vatanen put in his first goal of the early season when he took a slap shot from the point that whizzed by Blues goalie Brian Elliott as rookie William Karlsson provided a screen in front. His second came on an open one-timer off a pass from Getzlaf.