Selanne Speaks About His Final Game

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Selanne Speaks About His Final Game
Teemu Selanne spoke about his final game Friday night, a disappointing Game 7 loss to the Kings at Honda Center.
"There’s going to be a lot of sadness about this, but overall, there is going to be a lot of happiness. It’s been an unbelievable journey."
A disappointing Game 7 to the loss also marked the final game in the incredible career of Ducks legend Teemu Selanne.

The NHL's oldest active player and oldest to ever compete in a Ducks uniform at 43 years and 92 days at the start of the season, Selanne ranks 11th among all-time leaders in goals, tied for 37th in all-time assists, 15th in all-time scoring, third in all-time power-play goals, tied for fourth with Brett Hull in all-time game-winning goals (110) and 22nd in all-time games.

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Selanne is the Ducks' all-time leader in scoring (988), goals (457), assists (531), games (964), plus/minus (+119), PPG (182), PPP (410), GWG (77), shots (2,961) and OT goals (6).

In the Ducks locker room Friday night, Selanne spoke about his final game:

On the closing moments of the game
It was very disappointing. I knew it was either going to be an unbelievable party or disappointment. This time it wasn’t the party. It’s very disappointing. It’s a funny game. We had our chances. We just couldn’t take advantage of them. That’s the way it goes.

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Selanne speaks to the media
Selanne mic'd up in the handshake line

On the way the Ducks played Game 7

Very disappointing right now, especially losing Game 7 the way we did. That’s what hurts most, you know? We had no business there. The numbers … everything. That’s the saddest part.

On if this was his last game
It’s a tough feeling. You want to go further. We all felt we had a chance to go to the next round, and maybe all the way. It’s going to be tough waking up tomorrow morning and realizing it’s all over. But I want to look at the big picture and enjoy this game, my teammates, the fans and the organization. Not even in my wildest dreams did I expect to have a career like this. I’m very thankful.

On remaining on the ice after the game
I was pretty confused. It was hard to realize that it was all over. I didn't know how to ... it was something new. I didn't know what to do out there. Tomorrow morning is going to be a weird feeling. It's a big hole to fill.

On his career in Anaheim
When I came here during the 1995-96 season, I didn’t really know what to expect. It turned out to be my home and a happy place for me and my family. The community and the people, the fans and the organization have really made us feel at home. There’s no better place. I’m very thankful I’ve been able to play for so many years, especially here. This has been very special for me and my family. Everything great has to end. There’s going to be a lot of sadness about this, but overall, there is going to be a lot of happiness. It’s been an unbelievable journey. I’ve really been enjoying every day. Every morning I drive here with a smile on my face, win or lose. That’s why this is so important for me. Everybody in this organization has been so important to me. I feel very special.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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