ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Right next to the miniature Stanley Cup in Teemu Selanne's trophy case at home is the Maurice Richard Trophy he earned as the NHL's top goal scorer for the 1998-99 season.
Now Selanne has more goals than Rocket.
Selanne scored three times in the Anaheim Ducks' 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, passing Richard to move into 25th place on the career goals list with 546. He also had two assists, including his 600th.
Selanne was the first recipient of the award named in honor of the former Montreal Canadiens star.
"I knew that he had 544, and he's pretty much the only guy that I knew how many goals he had. So this was special. It's a big honor for me," said Selanne, who had 47 goals when he won the award.
Selanne has played in 1,051 regular-season games - 73 more than Richard, who in 1944-45 became the first player in league history to score 50 goals in 50 games.
"I know what Rocket Richard had done for this game and for the league, so I was very happy they named that award for him and that I won it the first time they had it," said Selanne, who met Richard for the first time during the trophy presentation in Toronto.
The Ducks' 10-time All-Star has six goals and five assists in 10 games after sitting out the first half of the season contemplating retirement. The defending Stanley Cup champions are 9-1-0 since his return to the lineup. Ryan Getzlaf set up Selanne's first two goals during power plays and added one himself.
"The impact Teemu has made on our team is what we needed," Todd Bertuzzi said. "We needed goals. He showed up and is supplying them."
Patrick Sharp had two goals and an assist for Chicago, increasing his career best to 31 and becoming the Blackhawks' first 30-goal scorer since Eric Daze finished the 2001-02 season with 38. Rookie Jonathan Toews had three assists.
The Ducks lost All-Star defenseman and team captain Chris Pronger with a cut and bruised jaw on a freak play at 13:52 of the second period. Toews won a faceoff from Getzlaf deep in the Anaheim zone and Sharp scored on a short wrist shot to trim the Ducks' lead to 4-2, but the blade of his stick inadvertently struck Pronger on the follow through.
Patrick Lalime, starting in net for the second straight game because of Nikolai Khabibulin's back spasms, allowed two goals on Anaheim's first five shots and was pulled temporarily at 8:38 of the first period after Getzlaf got a return pass from Corey Perry and beat him between the pads for his 21st goal.
"I was just trying to stop the bleeding there," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "They were coming after us, and I was just trying to settle things down and get back to playing the way we can. Those guys are the champions from last year, and we gave them a game."
|Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne notched three goals and two assists against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in Anaheim. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
Sharp got Chicago on the board at 18:11 of the first. Lalime, who squandered a four-goal lead in the third period against Los Angeles on Saturday before the Blackhawks won on Sharp's overtime goal, was back in net for the start of the second period. He gave up a goal by Kent Huskins less than 2 1/2 minutes later, restoring the Ducks' three-goal margin.
Selanne completed his hat trick with 4:32 remaining and set up Chris Kunitz's goal 44 seconds later.
"I've been feeling great. My legs are back, my body's back, and it's fun to skate," Selanne said. "The team's also playing well, and that's the most important thing. It was good to see us get the power play going."
Lalime, who got a slashing penalty at 16:12 of the second period after Bertuzzi made contact with him in the crease, got into a scuffle with Bertuzzi with 7:33 to play. The Ducks forward skated toward the net with the puck and crashed into Lalime, who struck him on the back of the head with his glove after making the save.
"He's probably frustrated, obviously," said Bertuzzi, adding that he and Lalime never had any acrimonious issues before. "It's not the outcome he wanted, but it's part of the game."
The victory was Anaheim's fourth straight and fifth in a row against Chicago. The Ducks are 16-1-2 against the Blackhawks since the start of the 2002-03 season, and 9-0-3 over the last 11 meetings in Anaheim. The Blackhawks have won only once in regulation in their last 20 road games against the Ducks, winning one other time in a shootout.
Notes: Chicago has had at least one set of back-to-back road games against the Ducks and Kings in every season since the NHL expanded to Anaheim for the 1993-94 season (20 total). The Blackhawks have swept both games twice and lost both on eight other occasions.