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Teemu Selanne helps power Ducks to victory

He has two power-play goals, Bobby Ryan scores two as well and Jonas Hiller has 27 saves in a 6-0 rout of Columbus.

January 07, 2011|By Robyn Norwood

The Ducks flipped a switch that put the power back in their power play Friday night, and Teemu Selanne turned on the lights in a 6-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Honda Center.

The margin was the Ducks' largest at home since 1996, and their largest anywhere in more than four years.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for his third shutout of the season and ninth of his career. That earned him only third star of the game behind Selanne and Bobby Ryan, who each scored two goals.

"Guys shouldn't score that often," Hiller said with a little laugh. "It doesn't really matter. At the end, it's the two points. It's great to pick up another win here."

Hiller has been rock steady, allowing two or fewer goals in 11 of his last 12 starts. But the Ducks were coming off a flat performance in a loss to Nashville on Wednesday, and Selanne let his teammates know it wasn't good enough.

He hadn't been that productive himself lately, but his breakthrough came after Coach Randy Carlyle tweaked the power play, an anemic 1 for 14 over the previous five games, the last three without injured captain Ryan Getzlaf.

Carlyle dropped Bobby Ryan from the top unit and replaced him with Saku Koivu, a natural center with a left-handed shot and the faceoff skills to replace Getzlaf — and perhaps as important, a player who has exceptional chemistry with Selanne.

It paid off 13 seconds into the first power play of the game, when Lubomir Visnovsky passed to Koivu along the wall and Koivu quickly found Selanne in the right circle. Selanne made good on it, beating Steve Mason on the glove side at 5:48 of the first.

"Obviously with Getzlaf out, you can't really replace him. But Saku, especially on that side, can see the game so well," Selanne said. "If you get open, you know the puck is coming."

The goal was Selanne's first since Dec. 8.

Visnovsky helped set up Selanne's second power-play goal in the next period by holding in a Columbus clearing attempt and passing to Cam Fowler, who found Selanne with a cross-ice pass for a one-timer from the left circle at 7:02 for a 2-0 lead.

The two power-play goals raised his career total to 228 as he stalks Dino Ciccarelli for No. 8 in NHL history at 232. Carlyle knew the exact numbers.

"I was probably criticized by the opposition coach for having him on the ice in a 5-0 game, but he needs four goals to catch up with Ciccarelli. … My mind-set was to have him get another opportunity to score another power-play goal, because it would be a nice record for a 40-year-old hockey player," Carlyle said.

Matt Beleskey's goal made it 3-0, and the Ducks padded the lead with three in the third, including two by Ryan, as the Ducks went 3 for 4 on power plays.

The goals were the 16th and 17th of the season for Ryan, who has taken on extra responsibility by moving from wing to center on the first line while Getzlaf is out because of sinus fractures.

Ryan's second goal and a short-handed goal by rookie Brandon McMillan were against Columbus goalie Mathieu Garon, who relieved Mason in the third.

Etc.

Winger Jason Blake returned after missing a game because of a sore shoulder. Defensemen Paul Mara and Sheldon Brookbank and center Kyle Chipchura were healthy scratches.

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