ST. LOUIS – Eric Brewer scored with 56 seconds left in regulation Wednesday night to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

The game appeared headed for overtime when the Mighty Ducks’ Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal at 18:44 to tie the game 2-2. But Brewer beat Anaheim’s Ilya Bryzgalov with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line to give the Blues the lead.

Bryzgalov was playing because starting goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had to leave the game with a groin strain at 16:55 of the second period. Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 14 shots. Giguere was 2-2-1 with a 3.13 goals against average and had played all but 15 minutes of Anaheim’s first five games.

Dean McAmmond and Christian Backman also scored for St. Louis, and Patrick Lalime made 28 saves. Sandis Ozolinsh had the other goal for Anaheim.

The Blues finished 2-3 on their five-game homestand. St. Louis will play in Nashville on Thursday, the Blues’ first road game since they opened the season in Detroit on Oct. 5.

Anaheim’s Andy McDonald was called for hooking at the two-minute mark of the third period, and the Blues took advantage when McAmmond deflected Eric Weinrich’s shot from the point by Bryzgalov at 3:44 to give the Blues their first lead.

Ozolinsh, who had missed the previous two games with the flu, scored 7:56 into the game. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Rob Niedermayer got the puck in the left circle and dropped it to Ozolinsh who beat Lalime with a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

Backman got the equalizer with a power-play goal at 7:05 of the second period when his slap shot from just inside the blue line made it through a crowd and past Giguere.

Notes: Selanne, who re-joined Anaheim this offseason after spending time with San Jose and Colorado, played in his 400th game with the Mighty Ducks. … Petr Cajanek picked up an assist on McAmmond’s goal, giving him seven points in six games. … Anaheim’s Sergei Fedorov missed his third straight game with a groin strain.

AP-ES-10-19-05 2246EDT


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