The Ducks reached the midway point of the lockout-shortened, 48-game season with an unmistakable swagger. They shrugged off a pair of one-goal deficits and rallied for a 4-2 victory Sunday over the St. Louis Blues in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at the Honda Center.

Only the Chicago Blackhawks (21-2-3) are ahead of the Ducks (18-3-3) today in the NHL's overall standings. Only a hockey savant and perhaps Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau would have believed it would be possible when the season's first puck dropped on Jan. 19.

"I'm a bad guy to ask because I dream about being 48-0. I know it's unrealistic, but every game you go into you have to believe you're going to win," Boudreau said after the Pacific Division-leading Ducks tied a franchise record with their 11 th consecutive home victory.

"But then you sit back and you look and it's a pretty good record at this stage. I'm still watching every game and teams; you don't want them too close. The way the schedule goes, this year especially, if you have a bad week and other teams have a good week, you can be caught."

The Ducks did the catching Sunday against St. Louis. They fell behind 1-0 only 6:09 into the game when the Blues' Ryan Reaves scored on a deflection of Wade Redden's shot from near the left point. Andrew Cogliano tied it with a short-handed goal at 8:24 of the second period.