By Adam Brady
ANAHEIM – Through all the milestones and records he’s captured over the past three seasons in Anaheim, Teemu Selanne has maintained that while the numbers are nice, he only cares about helping his team win.
Tonight he was able to do both.
|Selanne's (right) assist on Carter's goal in the second period gave Selanne the Ducks franchise scoring record.
Selanne’s assist on a Ryan Carter goal 4:36 into the second period gave the Ducks their first lead and was one of four Anaheim scored in the period on its way to a 4-2 triumph over Calgary at Honda Center. It was the sixth win in seven games for Anaheim.
"It’s a nice compliment," Selanne said, offering the type of comments he's uttered several times the past few years. "I’m not a big stat guy that much. The numbers don’t really mean much right now. Some day when I look back on what I achieved here, then it’s going to be more special."
The textbook feed to Carter, who took advantage with a pretty deke move and a forehand shot past Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, was Selanne’s 670th point as a Duck, breaking a tie with Paul Kariya. Selanne pulled off the feat in 563 games, while Kariya played in 606.
That goal was one of four unanswered in the period by the Ducks, who had fallen behind 1-0 after on a Daymond Langkow power play strike with 4:50 left in the opening period. The four goals matched the Ducks’ high in a period this year, the third time they have pulled off the feat.
"We just talked about continuing to work hard," said Scott Niedermayer of the approach to the second period. "Hockey’s a funny game sometimes. You work hard and you don’t get rewarded and other times you do. The trick is just to keep that going every shift if you can and things will start going your way. It paid off in the second. It definitely went our way in that period."
Trailing going into that middle session, the Ducks evened it up quickly as Ryan Getzlaf dented the net just 17 seconds into the period. Getzlaf took the puck up the center of the ice in the Calgary zone, faked a pass to Corey Perry on the right wing and fired a wrister off the right post and in. It was Getzlaf's first goal in 11 games as he played in his 200th career contest.
Carter’s goal at 4:36 was his fourth of the season (and fourth in the last five games), but most of the attention on it fell on Selanne. The longtime fan favorite received a thundering ovation from the sellout crowd of 17,174 after the announcement of his franchise record.
That crowd would find reason to erupt yet again when the other Duck to come out of semi-retirement this year, Scott Niedermayer, scored a little more than two minutes later. With Jarome Iginla in the box for cross checking, Niedermayer took a pass from Chris Pronger and shot a wrister from the right circle that slipped through Kirpusoff’s pads.
That made it 3-1 Ducks, and it would soon be 4-1 as Pronger got one of his own on the power play with just three Flames on the ice. Robyn Regehr and Adrian Aucoin had both taken penalties, though Regehr’s hooking minor expired exactly as Pronger’s drilled one-timer hit the twine.
|Giguere had 23 saves and helped hold off a late Calgary comeback attempt.
It was the 10th goal on just 51 shots over the last two games for one-time All-Star Kiprusoff, who was replaced by recently acquired Curtis Joseph to start the third period.
The Flames made it interesting with a Wayne Primeau goal (a backhand in front of the net with Carter all over him) just 1:54 into the period, making it 4-2 Anaheim. But that was all the Ducks and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere would allow, as Giguere stopped the other nine Calgary shots in the period and had 34 saves for the game.
In seven starts in the month of February, Giguere has posted a record of 5-1-1, with a 1.28 GAA and a .951 SV %.
The notably physical contest saw 19 penalties between the two teams, who have a history going back to an intense playoff series in 2006, which the Ducks won in seven games.
Afterward, the talk was all about Selanne, who was playing his seventh game since re-joining the Ducks following a flirtation with retirement. "He’s a special person and a special player," Niedermayer said. "He’s got that charisma. He just loves life. When he gets on the ice, he’s a phenomenal hockey player. It’s been a lot of fun being his teammate."
Added Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, "There’s a lot been written and said about it and those are things you should be proud of. Of course as he talks about, this is his happy place. He feels comfortable here. He’s played a lot of strong minutes and strong games for this organization. He really is the face of the franchise. If you look at it, he’s our most popular player. He’s got a personality that lends itself to the public. Not all professional athletes are like that. He’s a special one."
The Ducks are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games at Honda Center and have won six of their last seven games overall.
Anaheim extended their HOME winning streak versus Calgary to five games. The streak dates back to Oct. 26, 2005.
Ryan Getzlaf has a four-game assist streak (1-4=5). In addition, he is currently riding a nine-game point streak at HOME, earning 4-10=14 points during that span. The home point streak dates back to Jan. 2 vs. Columbus. Getzlaf also appeared in his 200th career NHL game this evening.
Chris Kunitz has earned 3-4=7 points in the last six games.
With a goal and an assist tonight, Chris Pronger has collected 1-2=3 points in the last three games.
Tonight’s game marked the Ducks’ 62nd consecutive sellout (17,174) at Honda Center (50 regular season plus 12 playoff games).
20:00 - END OF GAME - The Ducks use four second-period goals to knock off the Flames 4-2.
19:42 - ANA Penalty - George Parros
, 2 min. kneeing. And the physical play continues.
19:29 - Moen and Iginla drop the gloves, with Iginla getting the takedown and throwing a few punches on top of Moen for good measure.
16:26 - ANA Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. roughing and CGY Penalties - Robin Regehr, 2 min. cross checking and Owen Nolan, 2 min. roughing. Regehr and Perry, who were pounding on each other behind the net as Perry tried to play the puck, finally go after each other again as the puck starts to head up the ice the other way. Bertuzzi gives Perry some help as Perry puts a glove in Regehr's face. Then Owen Nolan jumps in and pretty soon everyone is involved. The ice ends up looking like a hockey equipment graveyard.
13:55 - The Ducks pick up a loose puck and get a 2 on 1 led by Pahlsson, but his shot from the right wing is nicely stopped by CuJo.
13:13 - ANA Penalty - Todd Bertuzzi, 2 min. roughing and CGY Penalty - Robin Regehr, 2 min. roughing. Perry is driven into the wall by Regehr, knocking his helmet off and giving life to a scuffle involving pretty much all 10 skaters. Only Bertuzzi and Regehr get tabbed with minors.
11:50 - Selanne gets behind the D and tries a deke on Joseph, but can't get it past him.
Hey, no tennis balls tonight. I wonder where they are.
looks to be in some discomfort on the Ducks bench. He went hard into the boards a little earlier.
8:20 - Yelle taps the puck to himself all alone in front of Giguere, but Jiggy makes a nice save on it.
7:45 - Samuel Pahlsson skates hard to the cage and shoots a backhand that goes off Joseph and Moen can't dump in the rebound.
An older gentleman with very high-waisted jeans and some sort of flashlight on his belt dances feverishly on the video board during the timeout. It's truly a sight to see. I don't think the wife is too thrilled about it.
4:20 - After a Joseph save and hold, Getzlaf and old buddy Phaneuf get into it a bit, with Getzlaf getting a little punch in.
4:10 - Bertuzzi tries a wraparound, but Joseph is there.
1:54 - CALGARY GOAL - WAYNE PRIMEAU - Primeau takes a pass from Stephane Yelle in front of the Ducks net, and with Ryan Carter all over his back, somehow gets a backhand shot off and past Giguere. It's 4-2 Ducks.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, as Calgary replaces Kiprusoff with Curtis Joseph.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks play one of their best periods of the year, pouring in four goals (the last two on the power play) to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
19:49 - Kunitz has it on the breakaway, but loses the handle. It's picked up behind him by Carter, whose shot is saved easily.
17:09 - Carter makes a nice feed to a streaking Selanne in the slot, he makes a deke around a diving Kiprusoff, but his shot is saved by a heads-up Phaneuf standing on the goal line. Selanne is barely denied.
14:41 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - CHRIS PRONGER - Mathieu Schneider feeds it across the ice to Pronger at the point and he obliterates one past the sprawling Kiprusoff. Pronger gives the signature uppercut and it's 4-1 Ducks.
14:36 - Selanne tries a drive from the left circle, but Kiprusoff kicks it into the netting.
13:54 - CGY Penalty - Adrian Aucoin, 2 min. interference. The Ducks get the 5 on 3 for a bit.
13:43 - A Flames player looks like he whips the puck over the glass to clear the zone, and the officials confer but don't give the penalty.
12:41 - CGY Penalty - Robyn Regehr, 2 min. hooking. Perry comes from behind the net to put the puck in the crease. It's loose in front of Kiprusoff, but Getzlaf can't punch it in. But he does draw the minor.
9:23 - ANA Penalty - Travis Moen, 2 min. roughing and CGY Penalty - Cory Sarish, 4 min. (double minor) roughing. The Ducks and Flames get into it, with Pahlsson and Corey Perry
squaring off with Cory Sarish and Matthew Lombardi. That spills into Moen going at it with Iginla. It's getting a little physical, which is not exactly shocking.
6:50 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER - Ryan Getzlaf sends the puck back to Chris Pronger at the point, and Pronger sends it to Niedermayer at the top of the right circle. Niedermayer moves in slighlty and lets go of a wrister that glides between the pads of Kiprusoff. The crowd goes nuts as it's 3-1 Ducks. Fourth of the year for Niedermayer.
6:41 - CGY Penalty - Jarome Iglina, 2 min. cross checking.
4:36 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN CARTER - Teemu Selanne receives the puck in the attacking zone with some room on the right wing and he makes a great leading feed to Carter to set him up on a mini-breakaway. Carter makes a pretty deke move and then slips a shot with the forehand past Kirpusoff on the stick side. It makes Selanne the all-time franchise scoring leader with 670 points, breaking his tie with Paul Kariya. When that announcement goes up on the board, the crowd erupts, and Selanne acknowledges them with a wave. Fantastic moment. And by the way, it's 2-1 Anaheim.
3:55 - A high, bouncing puck is not able to be covered by Kiprusoff, and a charging Travis Moen is almost able to punch it in.
2:05 - Perry gets some space on the move and tries a toe drag that is denied by Robyn Regehr. Perry goes into the board hard and is slow to get up. He doesn't look happy.
1:20 - The Ducks have several chances as a loose puck shoots into the slot and Ryan Carter
's try on net is blocked. Then Selanne tries to put back the rebound and fires it wide.
Travis Moen, whose face never seems to be without a cut or bruise, is on the Ducks bench getting several cuts treated by trainer Tim Clark. Yecch.
0:17 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - Sean O'Donnell pounces on a loose puck at center ice and gets it to Getzlaf at the blueline. Getzlaf heads right up the middle, fakes a pass to Perry on the right wing and zings a wrister that hits the inside of the right post and goes in. Pretty goal for Getzlaf, who has points in nine straight, and it's 1-1.
0:00 - And we're back.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Getzlaf tries a shot right off the draw with a couple of seconds left, but it's kicked away. That's the story with everything the Ducks try in the period, as they can't get on the board and give up a power play goal to Langkow at 15:10. It's 1-0 Calgary and we'll be back in 17 minutes.
19:32 - After a Ryan Carter
shot is kicked away, Selanne emerges from behind the net to try and swing it in, but that's saved too.
18:53 - Huselius gets on the breakaway after a nice feed from Iginla, but Giguere snuffs it out.
17:02 - Sean O'Donnell takes his second shot on goal in a span of a minute. I'm not sure, but that might be a career high. Both saved, by the way.
15:21 - Todd Bertuzzi gets loose behind the D and his breakaway try is denied by Kiprusoff. Bertuzzi can be seen on the bench watching the replay and muttering the word, "Dammit."
15:10 - CALGARY GOAL (POWER PLAY) - DAYMOND LANGKOW - Huselius digs it out of the corner behind the net and feeds Langkow who roofs it just under the right corner. It's 1-0 Calgary.
14:35 - Kristian Huselius is wide open for a backhander in front of Giguere, but it looks to go off the crossbar.
14:14 - ANA Penalty - Brad May, 2 min. holding. May hangs on to Marcus Nilson coming out from behind the Calgary net. Or did he? I'm not so sure.
"Stronger" by Kanye West. What's going on here??
7:31 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf
, 2 min. hooking. Getzlaf puts his stick on Owen Nolan and Nolan goes down like he got shot. Suspect.
7:20 - CGY Penalty - Alex Tanquay, 2 min. hooking. The Ducks will try to turn it around on the power play.
So far, the music is markedly improved tonight. Right now it's "When You Were Young" by The Killers. Nice one. Earlier there was a song with an actual dance beat, just before the opening faceoff. Well done, boys.
6:50 - Ryan Carter
goes slamming into the boards, mostly by his own doing, and loses a helmet. Luckily, his head is still attached.
3:20 - Alex Tanquay receives a pass in tight, but his shot bounces off Giguere.
2:45 - The Ducks and Flames engage in a couple of scuffles, started with Brad May and Mark Smith. Then George Parros
and Eric Godard trade blows for a couple off minutes, neither getting in anything too serious. They both get 5.
2:00 - Kunitz, Selanne and Carter on the second line.
1:30 - Ryan Carter
gets deep and tries a backhand from an odd angle that slides across the crease.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
5:08 - Amanda Guerrero again does a wonderful job with both anthems.
Starting Goaltenders - ANA Jean-Sebastien Giguere; CGY Miikka Kiprusoff
Starting Skaters - ANA Todd Bertuzzi, Corey Perry
, Ryan Getzlaf
, Francois Beauchemin. Scott Niedermayer; CGY Cory Sarich, Owen Nolan, Craig Conroy, Robyn Regehr, Alex Tanquay
Scratches - ANA Brandon Bochenski, Brian Sutherby, Joe DiPenta; CGY David Moss, Dustin Boyd, Rhett Warrener