Teemu Selanne was the first NHL player to win the award named for Rocket Richard. Now the Finnish Flash has another connection to the French-Canadian superstar he always admired.
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.
"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.
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.
"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."
In Sunday's other NHL games, it was New Jersey 2, Washington 1 in overtime; Calgary 2, Minnesota 1; San Jose 2, Pittsburgh 1 in a shootout; Phoenix 2, St. Louis 0; and Edmonton 3, Colorado 2.
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. Jonathan Toews won a faceoff from Getzlaf deep in the Anaheim zone and Patrick 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."
In Washington, John Madden backhanded a rebound under goalie Brent Johnson's pad with 50 seconds remaining in overtime, and New Jersey moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Martin Brodeur, making his 22nd consecutive start, made 37 saves for the Devils, who have won five straight and seven of eight to move ahead of idle Ottawa in a crowded race for the conference's top seed.
Jamie Langenbrunner scored on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period for the Devils. Alexander Semin tied the game about 2 minutes later for the Capitals, who picked up a point but are struggling to keep pace with first-place Carolina in the Southeast Division.
In St. Paul, Minn., Daymond Langkow and Craig Conroy scored, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 38 shots and Calgary replaced Minnesota atop the Northwest Division.
Calgary has beaten Minnesota four straight times.
Mark Parrish scored for Minnesota, which is winless in three straight. The Wild are 4-6 since Feb. 2, with their wins coming in overtime or a shootout.
The Wild held a six-point advantage six days ago, but now trail the Flames by a point in the Northwest Division.
In Pittsburgh, Jeremy Roenick scored the winner as all three San Jose skaters were successful in the shootout and Jonathan Cheechoo had the Sharks' only goal in regulation.
Roenick, Cheechoo and Joe Pavelski got the puck past Ty Conklin on wrist shots, with Roenick putting his shot inside the post to Conklin's stick side. Pittsburgh dropped to 9-4-4 without injured star Sidney Crosby.
In Glendale, Ariz., Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots for his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career.
Zbynek Michalek and Joel Perrault scored for the Coyotes, who moved within three points of Nashville for the Western Conference's final playoff spot. Phoenix is in 10th place, one point behind the Colorado Avalanche.
Manny Legace made 18 saves for the Blues, who have lost three straight overall and eight of nine against Phoenix.
In Edmonton, Alberta, Andrew Cogliano's third-period goal helped Edmonton end a three-game losing streak and ruin the return of Joe Sakic to the Colorado lineup.
Sam Gagner and Curtis Glencross also scored for Edmonton. Tyler Arnason and Ben Guite scored for Colorado, which activated Sakic from the injured reserve list after he missed 38 games because of a hernia operation on Dec. 28.
Colorado has lost six of seven and is four points out of the eighth playoff spot in the West. Edmonton is seven more points back.