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NHL: Blues keep champion Ducks winless outside Pond

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues signed Paul Kariya, hoping he would add some much-needed offense.

So far, so good.

Kariya scored a goal and had three assists Tuesday night as the Blues kept Anaheim winless on the road by beating the Ducks 4-2 Tuesday night.

Kariya, who had 72 points for Nashville last season, has nine assists and 11 points for the Blues in his first seven games.

Kariya credited his linemates, Keith Tkachuk and Brad Boyes, for helping with his spurt.

"(Tkachuk) got us going," Kariya said. "He was going to the net, creating a lot of traffic, and it was nice to see him rewarded there."

Boyes scored twice and has six goals and two assists. Tkachuk had a goal and two assists.

"It's taken me 21 games just to score one (before)," Boyes said. "But I come here and it's been good. It's easy when you're playing with those guys, but I still think we can improve."

Andy McDonald and Mark Mowers scored for the Ducks, 0-5-1 on the road. One of those losses includes a game played against Los Angeles in London to start the season.

ELSEWHERE -- Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, and Jiri Novotny scored twice in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 7-4 win over the host Chicago Blackhawks. Nash extended his goal streak to four games. He has five goals and three assists in that span. Chicago's Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in this year's draft, had two goals and two assists to record his third consecutive multipoint game. ... The New York Rangers are hockey's version of the scoreless wonders. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 36 shots in another strong start and Pittsburgh won its third in a row by handing the visiting Rangers their second successive 1-0 loss. ...

Ilya Kovalchuk scored the winner in a shootout to give Atlanta a 5-4 win over Toronto after the Thrashers gave up the tying to goal to the hometown Maple Leafs in the closing seconds of regulation. ... Tyler Arnason had a goal and assist, and the Colorado Avalanche made Ryan Smyth's return to Edmonton successful with a 4-2 victory over the Oilers. ... Jason LaBarbera notched his second career shutout, Michael Cammalleri scored twice for an NHL-leading 10 goals, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Nashville 6-0 to hand the Predators their sixth consecutive loss.

SLAP SHOTS -- The Bruins moved up the start time of Saturday's home game against the Philadelphia Flyers by three hours to avoid a conflict with Game 3 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. ... Islanders defenseman Bryan Berard will be sidelined two-to-four weeks because of a groin injury that forced him out of New York's victory against New Jersey last weekend.

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