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|Selanne scored his 601st career goal in the 5-2 Ducks win to tie Jari Kurri for 17th on the NHL's all-time goals list.
On a banner night for the team's second line, the Ducks topped the Avalanche 5-2 for their third straight victory.
Teemu Selanne scored his 601st career goal in the game to tie fellow Finn and friend Jari Kurri for 17th on the NHL's all-time goals list.
"Six hundred was bigger for me, but 601 is huge, too, because Jari was my idol. I feel very honored," said Selanne.
Skating alongside him, Jason Blake tied a club record with five points (one goals, four assists). It was the 13th time a player had reached that total in franchise history, with the last being Corey Perry in October 2008.
"The good thing for us is we're not even worried about who we're playing right now," Blake said. "We're just worried about ourselves. If we keep playing the way we're playing, and the goaltending has been great, it's giving us a chance every night."
Another franchise mark was also equaled, as Selanne, Saku Koivu, Scott Niedermayer and Steve Eminger each had a plus-five rating on the night. The win moved Anaheim within seven points of Colorado for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"Obviously, that was a huge game for them, but at the same time, it was a game that for us, by winning, we still have a chance," said Koivu, who had a goal and three assists in the game. "There's still a couple teams between us and them, so it's going to be a battle to the end and we just have to keep pushing it and see what happens."
|Blake tied a club record with five points (one goal, four assists) on the night. It was the 13th time a Duck had reached that mark, the last being Corey Perry in October 2008.
Colorado's hold on the West's final playoff berth grew more precarious after the Avalanche lost for the sixth time time in seven games, including the last three straight.
The Calgary Flames are the Avalanche's closest pursuer, pulling within two points after beating Phoenix 2-1 later Wednesday night. Colorado will host the Flames on Friday night in a game pivotal to both clubs.
"Everyone's got to take a deep breath and remember what we did to get here," Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said. "We just have to regroup. The last few games we've been forcing plays too early and getting off our game. Seems like the plays we force end up in our net."
Colorado goalie Craig Anderson said the Avalanche certainly is capable of a quick turnaround.
"We're still leading the race, that's the bottom line," he said. "Destiny is in our own hands. We control our own fate. We win Friday, we're looking pretty good."
Not so good on Wednesday, though and Colorado's struggles coincide with a surge by Anaheim. The Ducks have won seven of nine, including their last three wins with Curtis McElhinney (27 saves against the Avalanche) in goal in place of ailing starter Jonas Hiller (back spasms). McElhinney made 27 saves.
For a moment, it appeared Colorado struck first but officials ruled Cody McLeod's shot into the net 6:13 into the game was a no-goal because he struck the puck with a high stick. The call was confirmed by video replay.
"Obviously, that was a big break for us and it took a little momentum from their side," Koivu said of the disallowed goal.
Anaheim moved in front 1-0 on Steve Eminger's third goal of the season. Koivu dug the puck out from behind the behind the net and got it out to the point, where Eminger unleashed a slap shot to beat Craig Anderson.
The Ducks made it 2-0 by capitalizing on a Colorado turnover at the blue line. Blake picked up the loose puck and drove down the ice before passing to the streaking Koivu. He knocked the puck into the net for his 16th of the season with four seconds remaining in the first period.
Colorado closed within a goal on Hejduk's power play score at 13:22 of the second but Anaheim rebuilt its cushion when Scott Niedermayer put in his 10th of the year with 30 seconds left in the period, driving the puck past Anderson with a side shot from the lower left circle.
Anaheim's Teemu Selanne finished an odd man rush early in the third period for career goal No. 601, his 22nd goal of the season.
Blake briefly put Anaheim up by four with his 15th goal of the season 12:02 into the third period. Darcy Tucker had Colorado's other goal 1:24 later for the final tally of the night.
|Steve Eminger (3) ASST: Saku Koivu (27), Jason Blake (20)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Saku Koivu (16) ASST: Jason Blake (21)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Milan Hejduk (23) ASST: Paul Stastny (56), Matt Duchene (30)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Scott Niedermayer (10) ASST: Saku Koivu (28), Jason Blake (22)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Teemu Selanne (22) ASST: Jason Blake (23), Saku Koivu (29)|
4 - 1 ANA
|Jason Blake (15) ASST: Teemu Selanne (20), Steve Eminger (11)|
5 - 1 ANA
|Darcy Tucker (8) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (17), Cody McLeod (9)|
5 - 2 ANA
|Cody McLeod Fighting (maj) against Mike Brown|
|Mike Brown Fighting (maj) against Cody McLeod|
|Nick Bonino Hooking against Matt Duchene|
|Ryan Wilson Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Sheldon Brookbank Holding against Chris Stewart|
|Brendan Mikkelson Tripping against Ryan O'Reilly|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 27||EV: 25 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .931||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 27||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 22||EV: 20 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .815||SH: 0 - 0|
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