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Ducks Stoned on Milestone Night

Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 11:22 AM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
Ducks Stoned on Milestone Night

The photo at right pretty much tells the story: Teemu Selanne acknowledging a major milestone in his sparkling career, but not looking all that interested in celebrating it.

Last night in Colorado, Selanne scored a late power play goal to give him 1,399 career points, passing Jari Kurri to become the highest-scoring Finnish player of all time. And while that goal came in typical Selanne fashion -- tying a must-win game with less than four minutes left -- its drama was dampened by a painful loss in overtime. Gabriel Landeskog, the 19-year-old rookie most likely to win this year's Calder Trophy, capitalized on a Ducks turnover, blasting a slap shot past a helpless Jonas Hiller to break the Ducks' hearts 1:52 into OT.

"That doesn't really make me happy right now," Selanne said about the milestone. "The win was the only goal we had. We couldn't do it.

"Obviously it's a big honor. Like I said, it doesn't feel much better. Very disappointing."

The Finnish Flash has hit a few big numbers against the Avalanche -- his 600th goal in March of 2010 at Honda Center, his 500th in November of 2006 at Pepsi Center. And while he may remember passing Kurri in Colorado, he'll also remember it as the place his Ducks' playoff hopes took a big hit. The same goes for Saku Koivu, who played in his 1,000th game last night, becoming just the fifth Finn to reach that mark.

Last night's loss, the third straight defeat on this make-or-break road swing, put the Ducks nine points behind those Avs for the last playoff spot in the West with just 12 games to go.

While both Finns reached milestones, it was also a groundbreaking night for Anaheim because Corey Perry didn't play. The shoulder injury Perry suffered Saturday night in Dallas proved too painful to play with, and Perry sat out for the first time in 272 games. And he was missed, as the Ducks put 40 shots on net during the night, but only got two past Semyon Varlamov.

Perry skated for just 15 minutes at today's noon practice at Honda Center, and the Ducks will hope to get him back for Wednesday night's game here against the Red Wings, before which Koivu will be honored for No. 1,000.

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By the way, we've gotten into using the growing social media outlet Pinterest a lot more to "pin" great Ducks photos, fan comments and other fun content. Check out this page to see the latest and greatest tweets and Facebook posts from our fans and others. Here are a couple of good ones from last night:

Cool seeing Ryan Getzlaf's brother tweet out a congratulations on the Ducks captain reaching 500 career games.



A little exaggeration...or maybe right on point!


We couldn't put it better. Anaheim truly lucky to watch him play at Honda Center so often.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
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