By Adam Brady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ANAHEIM – On a night that could or could not be Teemu Selanne’s last home game, it was another Teemu who stole the show.
Selanne did score a goal, but Teemu Hartikainen, a 21-year-old Finnish rookie, had two goals in the first period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory in front of 17,266 at Honda Center in the Ducks’ home finale.
The Ducks outshot the Oilers 33-15, a night after having a 44-29 shot advantage in a 4-0 loss in Phoenix, but couldn’t get much past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk. Meanwhile, the Oilers blocked 21 shots on the evening.
Selanne was the subject of several cheers from fans and chants of “One more year" throughout the game, and he got a lengthy standing ovation when his image was shown on the video board with about six minutes left in the game.
"It’s unbelievable," Selanne said. "It’s almost funny that they are chanting that for an old guy like me. I’ve always had a very special relationship with the fans. It’s just an honor to play in front of the great fans we have here."
Selanne actually had a slight chance to tie the game with a few seconds left and the Ducks net empty, but his shot from the left wing was turned away by Dubnyk.
"I shake my head at him a lot," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "On the last play of the game, I have no idea where he came from. He came flying through the middle there. His skating ability and sense of the game is unmatched by a lot of people. I thought it was going to be his glory at the end of the game there."
Selanne got Anaheim’s only goal with 5:48 left in the first period, as Niklas Hagman turned toward the net and made a pass through Ryan Whitney’s legs that Selanne punched into the open net.
The Ducks just barely missed a second goal at the end of the second period, as Getzlaf’s slap shot was tipped through by Francois Beauchemin about a half-second after the horn.
Hartikainen scored the game’s first goal just 15 seconds after the opening faceoff, taking a Jordan Eberle feed in the slot and beating Jonas Hiller.
Then at 6:04, Whitney tossed the puck on net from near the left wing wall, and Hartikainen tipped it through for the eventual game-winner.
Ducks fans got one more chance to show their love for Selanne when he was named the game’s first star and came out on the ice to wave to the crowd.
"At his age, he can still skate," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "When he has the puck, he is so smart with it. He can hold onto to the puck and wait for somebody to get open. He takes care of himself off the ice. He trains right. You do that and you have the God’s gift of the ability that he has, you can last a long time. His passion for the sport is as much as I’ve seen."
Asked whether it was his last home game, Selanne said, "I’m going to have another tough decision to make again. I don’t really know what is going to happen. I’m going to stick with my plan, just take some time off and see how I feel. It has been working well."
20:00 - END OF GAMe - Ducks lose home finale, 2-1.
19:56 - Selanne charges down the left wing with it, but is turned away by Dubnyk. That could have been interesting.
19:20 - Ducks empty the net.
15:21 - Cam Fowler, 2 min. tripping. Fowler takes down Nugent-Hopkins.
During the timeout, Selanne shown on the bench. Huge reaction from the crowd and a standing ovation.
13:00 - Ducks outshooting Edmonton, 32-12.
10:30 - Perry takes a pretty hard spill in front of the Oilers bench, and comes off kind of slowly.
6:06 - Brookbank and Teubert tangle during play, exchanging a couple of rights but not landing anything major.
6:00 - Bonino has a chance in the slot, but Belanger makes a sliding block.
4:36 - Ducks not getting much going on this power play before Fowler takes a shot that Dubnyk saves easily.
3:18 - EDM Penalty - Nick Schultz, 2 min. interference. Talk about getting out of the box and going right back in, Schultz touches the puck before he gets both skates on the ice.
1:44 - Dubnyk makes a great save on Getzlaf. Guy can't buy a goal.
1:14 - EDM Penalty - Nick Schultz, 2 min. delay of game. Schultz intentionally knocks the net off its suports as Dubnyk makes a save without his stick.
0:00 - Ducks start the third on the power play.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - It's still 2-1, but the Ducks have a power play to start the third.
20:00 - EDM Penalty - Eric Belanger, 2 min. holding. With the seconds winding down, and a delayed penalty, Getzlaf fires a slap shot on net that appears to be tipped by Beauchemin on its way into the net. But it came a half-second after the horn and it's waved off after review. It's still 2-1.
18:45 - Ryan has a couple of chances turned away by Dubnyk.
17:45 - Blake is denied by Dubnyk, then Beauchemin's follow can't get through traffic.
13:00 - Ducks don't capitalize. They were 0 for 6 last night.
12:00 - Getzlaf makes a nice pass to Koivu, alone on the doorstep, but he's robbed by Dubnyk. That hurt.
10:58 - EDM Penalty - Ryan Smyth, 2 min. goaltender interference. Smyth goes hard to the net and runs over Hiller.
10:46 - ANA Penalty - Corey Perry, 2 min. hooking. Well, that didn't last long. Perry hooks Potter.
10:41 - EDM Penalty - Ryan Whitney, 2 min. slashing. Things get a little snippy again after a Lubo shot is blocked, as Perry and Blake get into it with Whitney, who's sniping at the official.
5:56 - Away from the play, Getzlaf and Barker get into it, with Barker going down early, but getting picked back up by Getzlaf to resume fighing. They throw a few blows, but nothing significant lands before it's over.
2:30 - Fowler loses the puck to Jones, but knocks it away from him on the way to the net.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - It's a Teemu hat trick, but not quite the way we'd hope. It's 2-1 Oilers.
15:00 - ANA Penalty - Devante Smith-Pelly and Nick Bonino and EDM Penalty - Andy Sutton and Corey Potter, 2 min. each roughing. Ryan absolutely smashes Potter and Sutton goes after Ryan, throwing a couple cross checks before Smith-Pelly attacks him, starting an all-out brawl behind the net. Chants of "Bobby! Bobby!" after that one. No penalty for Ryan at all.
Chants of "One more year!" going through the crowd.
14:12 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TEEMU SELANNE - Now it's the right Teemu getting a goal, as Hagman turns on Gagne and sends a pass through Whitney on the doorstep to Selanne, who shuttles it into the open net. It's 2-1. Huge cheer from the crowd for Selanne and it's 2-1.
11:50 - Perry with a rocket from the right circle, wide of the far post.
8:05 - This time Getzlaf takes the shot and it's off Dubnyk's glove.
7:35 - Getzlaf gets a loose puck in the slot, fakes a shot, then loses it.
6:04 - EDMONTON GOAL - TEEMU HARTIKAINEN - Nugent-Hopkins drops the puck to Whitney, who throws it on net from the left wing wall. It's tipped by the other Teemu for his second goal of the game. It's 2-0.
3:55 - Blake with a feed to Getzlaf in the slot, and he's stripped of the puck as he shoots it.
0:15 - EDMONTON GOAL - TEEMU HARTIKAINEN - Just like that it's 1-0 as Eberle tracks down the puck off the right wing wall and feeds the other Teemu in the slot, where he beats Hiller.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center in the home finale.
5:07 p.m. - Both anthems performed by Josiah Smith, who won the OC Register's Oh Say Can You Sing contest.
5:03 - Loudest cheer during the starting lineups goes to guess who?
5:00 - Wild Wing turns back the clock by dropping in from the rafters.
Defenseman Mat Clarke making his NHL debut after getting called up yesterday. Starters in bold/italics.