-- On a historic night in Anaheim that saw Teemu Selanne score his 600th career goal, the Anaheim Ducks
won their fourth straight game during a desperate stretch run effort to claw back into playoff contention.
The big goal came on the power play – Selanne's forte – and gave the Ducks a three-goal lead en route to a 5-2 victory at the Honda Center over the Colorado Avalanche
, one of Selanne's former clubs.
Selanne finished the game with a goal and an assist.
The Ducks were fueled by goals from Matt Beleskey
, Troy Bodie and Ryan Getzlaf
, while veterans Selanne and Jason Blake
– both Masterton Trophy winners -- supplied two more. Corey Perry
had three assists on the night.
Thirty-four seconds into the second period on the power play, Selanne became the 18th player to score 600 career goals after Scott Niedermayer tipped a loose puck past a sprawling Craig Anderson to Selanne, waiting to the left of the crease. Selanne swept the puck into a gaping net, giving the Ducks a 3-0 second period lead that they would not relinquish.
As usual, Selanne had found an open piece of ice and avoided detection long enough to make himself available for yet another power play goal in a career that has included 216, good enough for 10th on the all-time list.
The victory gives the Ducks 76 standings points, good for a three-way tie with Dallas and Minnesota for 11th in the Western Conference. Detroit occupies the eighth playoff spot with 83.
A shorthanded goal turned out to be the winner for Anaheim.
Colorado got its first man advantage opportunity at 11:43 of the second after Saku Koivu
high-sticked Kyle Quincey
in retaliation for a hard hit on rookie Dan Sexton
. But just 62 seconds into the power play, Bodie jumped out of the penalty box and pounced on a mishandled puck by Chris Stewart. Bodie then broke in alone on Anderson and roofed his first career shorthanded goal over his glove side at 12:45 to make it 4-0, chasing Anderson from the net in favor of Peter Budaj. The Ducks are 23-1-5 when leading after the second period.
Anaheim jumped out to a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period.
Blake scored his second goal in two games after a holding call to Peter Mueller
3:48 gave Ducks their first man advantage. Niedermayer passed across the blue line to Lubomir Visnovsky
, who rimmed a pass along the boards to Blake, stationed behind the net. Blake circled and charged to the crease before Quincey and Scott Hannan could converge, and slid a puck along the ice that went past Anderson's left pad.
Exactly six minutes later, the Ducks struck again when Perry chipped a puck across the blue line which Getzlaf gently tapped to a trailing Beleskey, who scored his eighth of the season and second in as many games at 11:43 to open a 2-0 lead.
Beleskey filled in on the top line for Bobby Ryan
who was out with the flu.
Darcy Tucker spoiled Jonas Hiller
's shutout bid at 2:06 of the third after he skated in over the blue line, sent a short pass to a trailing Stewart who quickly sent it back, where Tucker's shot from the slot eluded Hiller over the stick side. At 5:15, former Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei converted a T.J. Gagliardi pass to close the gap to 4-2.
Getzlaf made it 5-2 when he tipped in a Selanne pass from in close at 7:50, Anaheim's third power play goal of the night. Anaheim went 3-6 on the power play, while Colorado went 0-for-3.