Selanne: 'Everybody Hates This Situation'
Monday, 11.28.2011 / 7:58 AM PT
He's the most famous and most beloved figure in the history of the organization, the owner of pretty much every major team record, the first person who comes to mind when you think of the Anaheim Ducks. He's the face of the franchise, a face that so often reflects what the team and its fans are feeling -- in the good times and the bad times.
Last night, after a disheartening 5-2 loss at home to the Maple Leafs, was one of the bad times, and you could see it in the eyes of a dejected Selanne in the Ducks locker room.
Approached by a gaggle of reporters in front of a wall next to his locker, Selane was asked by Eric Stephens of the OC Register if the Ducks have begun to gain acceptance of their losing stretch. Selanne paused, looked into the distance, gathered his thoughts and took a deep breath. "I hope not," he said, his face drained of emotion and still decorated with a mustache that has grown throughout this frustrating month of November. "A lot of talking, a lot of meetings ... there is no answer. It seems to me that nothing works. You try and stay positive and find some bright sides, but ... it's just unbelievable right now. I know everybody hates this situation."
He paused again. "Enough talking. Out there, you know, there are the answers," he said, pointing to the ice. "The last couple of games we've scored the first goal, come out with a lot of energy and them boom."
That boom hit the Ducks in a 19-second span last night, when they got on the board first on a Francois Beauchemin first period goal, then gave up two to Toronto in a flash later in the period and never recovered. Friday afternoon against Chicago, Anaheim took a 4-2 lead into the third period and gave up four unanswered in losing 6-5.
"The only thing you can do is, everybody just has to do their own job and believe and trust that the guy next to you can do the same thing. We need everybody right now."
Everybody (aside from Dan Ellis, who is still nursing that groin injury) was on the ice this morning for practice at Honda Center, in which the line combinations were shaken up a bit. Matt Beleskey skated on the right wing of the top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, while Bobby Ryan was moved to the third unit with Niklas Hagman and Ben Maxwell.
We'll have more later today.
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On a personal note, thanks go out to Ducks team dentist Dr. Rick Morimoto and his assistant Alice, for coming in on a Sunday and fixing my chipped tooth yesterday (not going to elaborate on how it got chipped). Awesome guy, awesome dentist, awesome staff.