CHICAGO -- Even Teemu Selanne can be hindered by pressure.
Despite playing his 22nd NHL season and ranking 11th all-time in goals scored, the 43-year old is struggling to break out of a frustrating scoring slump for the Anaheim Ducks.
He hasn't recorded a point since Oct. 27, hasn't scored a goal since Oct. 20 and is a big reason why the Ducks are having secondary scoring issues behind the "big three" of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner.
"It's a normal thing," Selanne said Friday, following Anaheim's morning skate at United Center. "You try not to, but usually nothing good happens when you start thinking about it too much or you start forcing something and start squeezing the stick. Everything has to come naturally but it's funny how it works. There's no pattern for it. You just have to be patient, work hard and stay positive. It's not an easy thing."
He wasn't only referring to his dry spell. The Ducks need more than their top line to shoulder the scoring load and they'd like for it to start happening soon, preferably Friday against the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).