Selanne Adds Another Feather to His Cap as the Ducks Win Again
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By Steve Palumbo (@StevePalumboNHL)
Teemu Selanne and the Anaheim Ducks just keep on rolling along. Anaheim improved to 14-3-3 since Jan. 1 with a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The win moves the Ducks to within six points on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Ducks trailed 1-0 in the third period Tuesday in Minnesota before coming from behind for a 2-1 victory. It was the first time all season they were able to come back when trailing after two periods. Led by Corey Perry and Selanne, Anaheim rallied for a second consecutive night.
The Penguins remain perfect when leading after two periods, thanks in part to Perry’s goal in the final minute of the second. Pittsburgh is 18-0-2 when leading after the first 40 minutes of play.
Selanne narrowly missed being called off-sides to score his 19th goal of the year and 656th of his career, tying him with Brendan Shanahan for 12th place in NHL history. Anaheim’s win put a stop to more than a decade of futility in Pittsburgh.
Selanne’s goal in the Consol Center marked the 53rd different NHL arena he has scored in over his 20 year career. The only arenas he has failed to scored in are the Prudential Center in Newark, where he plays Friday night, and the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Perry continued his dominant play with the game-tying goal, his fifth in three games and his team-high 28th. Perry now has 14 goals since the calendar flipped to 2012.
Jonas Hiller made 25 save to improve to 21-19-9 on the season.
Anaheim has the entire hockey world staring in awe as they continue to march towards another playoff birth. On New Years Day the Ducks were 17 points out of the number eight spot and they have cut that deficit to just six points with more than enough time left to pull it off.
On Friday they face last season’s Cinderella story, the New Jersey Devils. It’s like deja vu all over again. It should be a fun game.
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