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Teemu Selanne scores twice in the Ducks' 3-2 win

Anaheim jumps to a 3-0 lead against Edmonton and holds on for the victory in the final minutes.

January 16, 2011|By Robyn Norwood
  • Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne controls the puck ahead of Oilers center Sam Gagner in the second period Sunday evening.
Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne controls the puck ahead of Oilers center… (Christine Cotter / Associated…)

Coach Randy Carlyle called the Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the Honda Center on Sunday a win that took "blood, sweat and gumption."

He didn't call it pretty.

"As long as we win, that's the bottom line," Carlyle said. "We're not going to keep the tape."

Ducks goaltender Curtis McElhinney gave the blood, slicing his neck on a skate blade in the second period only to return to the ice a few minutes later with a couple of stitches.

The sweat came sporadically, but Teemu Selanne contributed his share with his 13th and 14th goals of the season — his first goal was the 1,300th point of his career, making him the 32nd player in NHL history to reach that mark.

"It's a big number, obviously," Selanne said. "It's what happens when you play a long time and play with great players and enjoy the game."

The gumption? That was required later, after the Ducks gave up goals to Magnus Paajarvi and Sam Gagner 26 seconds apart late in the second period, turning the 3-0 lead they built on Selanne's goals and another by Luca Sbisa into a one-goal advantage.

The hairiest part came down the stretch, when the Ducks had to protect the one-goal lead in the final minutes and found themselves at a six-on-three disadvantage after Edmonton pulled its goalie for an extra attacker with two Ducks in the penalty box.

Then Saku Koivu broke his stick and went to the bench for another, making it six on two for a few moments.

"You're like an armless swordsman," Carlyle said. "What was it, Monty Python? 'Just a flesh wound.' "

But a flurry of blocked shots by such players as Andreas Lilja, Cam Fowler, Andy Sutton and Toni Lydman — 22 overall and eight in the third period — helped the Ducks survive the Oilers' final power-play efforts. Lydman finally cleared the puck before time expired to secure the victory.

"This is a typical example of when you stop playing — especially at the end of the second period when we were up, 3-0," Selanne said. "We thought this was going to be easy, but there are no easy games in this league. If you can't play 60 minutes of solid hockey, you are going to be having some problems.

"Without [McElhinney], this would have been ugly. We'll take the two points, but we're not very happy with how we got them."

McElhinney, the backup to Jonas Hiller, got the start after relieving Hiller in the Ducks' 6-2 loss at Phoenix on Saturday. McElhinney's neck was cut when he went to cover a puck and "just kind of fell on the heel of somebody's skate," he said, adding that he knew the injury was not serious.

Carlyle shrugged it off.

"It wasn't all that gory. We've seen worse," he said.

Carlyle hopes he won't see worse performances ahead with the Ducks on the road for eight of their next nine games.

"We can't play like we did tonight and win on the road. It's as simple as that," Carlyle said.


Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who is recovering from sinus fractures and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, is scheduled to see a doctor this week to determine when he can resume skating. … Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney, out since Dec. 28 because of an ankle injury, probably will need surgery and is likely to be out for an extended period. … The Ducks honored TV analyst Brian Hayward on the ice before the game for his 1,000th Ducks regular-season broadcast.

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