Selanne tallies 1,300th point in Ducks' win
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM
Teemu Selanne enjoyed another historic night in his Hall of Fame career on Sunday.
Selanne scored a pair of goals -- tallying his 1,300th career point in the process -- and the Anaheim Ducks
beat the Edmonton Oilers
3-2 at the Honda Center.
The Ducks won for the seventh time in nine games. Defenseman Luca Sbisa
scored a power-play goal.
Anaheim backup goalie Curtis McElhinney was cut on the neck by teammate Maxim Lapierre's skate at 11:36 of the second period and the Ducks holding a 2-0 lead.
"It was one of those things where I knew I would go back out there as soon as I got stitched up, so it wasn’t that bad," McElhinney said. "I went to cover the puck and I just kind of fell on the heel of somebody’s skate, I believe. I knew I was cut open but it didn’t feel that bad. As soon as I saw the blood I thought I would just go get it checked out on the bench."
McElhinney went to the dressing room to get stitched up and was replaced by Jonas Hiller
, who faced three shots before McElhinney returned during a play stoppage at 14:29 of the period after an interference penalty was called against Sbisa.
"Third period they were much better," Selanne said. "They were aggressive, they were skating, they won the battles, and and we had a goalie that stopped everything. Without him this would be ugly."
The Ducks, who lost 6-2 at Phoenix on Saturday, are 6-1 this season when coming off defeats in which they allowed five or more goals.
"During the year, stuff like that is going to happen and you're going to have your ups and downs. So you don't want to get too high or too low," Anaheim forward Jason Blake
said. "I hate to say it, but maybe it's good when you lose a game like last night, because you forget about it and move forward. I wouldn't say it was a wakeup call, because we and the coaching staff try to prepare ourselves every game. But tonight was a great bounce-back."
Selanne got the 1,300th point of his brilliant career with four minutes left in the first, tipping a Lubomir Visnovsky
shot off the leg pad of Nikolai Khabibulin
, then depositing the rebound into the open cage.
"We thought this was going to be easy, but there are no easy games in this League," Selanne said. "If you can't play 60 minutes of solid hockey, you are going to be having some problems. And it showed again tonight."
and Sam Gagner
scored 26 seconds apart late in the second period for the Oilers, who are 3-11-2 over their last 16 games. The Oilers are scoreless on 38 straight power plays since Dec. 23 after coming up empty five times on Sunday night.
Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin
stopped 25 shots and lost his eighth straight since Dec. 16, when he made 37 saves in against Columbus.
The win was Anaheim's seventh in its last eight meetings with Edmonton.
"It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't all that gory," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Guys get cut all the time and get stitches to close lacerations, so it wasn't anything abnormal than what we've seen before. We've seen a lot worse. Curtis battled hard for us, so it was good to see him get a win and get rewarded for his hard work."
Paajarvi got Edmonton on the board at 18:18 of the second, converting a long rebound left by McElhinney on a blocker-pad save against Gagner. The Oilers closed to 3-2 when Gagner beat McElhinney to the stick side with a one-timer from the left circle. But Mclhinney stopped Edmonton's final 13 shots.
Edmonton, which came in with a league-worst 74.5 percentage on the penalty kill, fell behind 1-0 at 9:23 of the first while Steve McIntyre was off for high-sticking Corey Perry
. Sbisa beat Khabibulin to the glove side with a screened one-timer from the right point, while Edmonton defenseman Ladislav Smid
was tying up Jason Blake
at the edge of the crease.
"The power play didn't do what it needed to do again," coach Tom Renney said. "When you bring a level of intensity to that part of your game, you have a chance. Maybe we learned something there at least. But we lost the hockey game probably because of it."
Selanne made it 2-0 on a rebound at 17:00. Visnovsky's slap shot from the right point stuck the blade of Selanne's stick on the way to Khabibulin, who couldn't control the spinning puck.
"We take the two points," Selanne said, "but we are not very happy how we got them."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.