The Los Angeles Kings were classy in their tribute to the now-retired Teemu Selanne at the end of the game on Friday.
The Kings stayed on the ice after winning Game 7 in Anaheim and tapped their sticks in honoring Selanne. "We'd stay out there for 20 minutes if we could," Justin Williams said. Selanne was so highly regarded around the NHL, they probably would have. He ends his career with 684 regular season goals and 1457 points in 1451 games and chipped in 44 goals and a similar amount of assists in 130 playoff matches. We wish Selanne all the best in retirement.
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"I knew it was either going to be an unbelievable big party or a huge disappointment, and there's nothing in between," Teemu Selanne said after the Ducks not only were eliminated by the Kings in third-round playoff action Friday night, but vaporized, 6-2. "This time it was not the party, so very disappointing." His 1,581st NHL game - counting the regular season and playoffs - was his final one. Selanne finished with 728 goals and 817 assists in 21 NHL seasons. His many fans included his opponents. The Kings stuck around after Friday's game and tapped their sticks on the ice to pay tribute to Selanne. "We'd stay out there for 20 minutes if we could," Kings forward Justin Williams said afterward. "Everything great has to end somewhere," Selanne, 43, said. "Obviously, there's going to be a lot of sadness, but overall there's going to be a lot of happiness. I feel very special."
Teemu Selanne needs the Ducks to win Friday to extend his playing career.
Anaheim and Los Angeles are preparing for Game 7 of the second round series. Selanne has committed to retiring at the end of the Ducks' playoff run, so this might be it for him. He has two goals and four assists in 11 playoff games. "Teemu is incredibly important to this organization," Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "The Samuelis (Henry and Susan) own the team, but Teemu has been the team. Forever. But (Friday night), this is bigger than Teemu. This is for our season. We need to be ready to go for everybody. For all 20 guys. For the hundreds of people that work for this team. This is, obviously, an incredibly important game."
Teemu Selanne registered an assist in Monday's 4-3 win over Los Angeles.
Selanne has two goals and six points in 10 playoff games. That's not bad when you factor in that the 43-year-old forward has been averaging just 12:17 minutes per contest. It looks like the Ducks don't plan on using him extensively in his final postseason run.
Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne didn't practice with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
That's more than understandable considering their age and experience. It's believed to be just a "maintenance day."
Teemu Selanne scored a goal in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Los Angeles in Game 3 of their second round playoff series on Thursday night.
Selanne scored a power-play goal in the second period and that was his second goal and fifth point in the playoffs. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, while Patrick Maroon continued his point streak with an assist and he became the first NHL rookie to record a postseason point streak of at least six games since Warren Rychel of the Kings in 1993.
Veteran Teemu Selanne was a surprisingly physical force in Game 1.
Not only did the 43-year-old score, he hit Los Angeles defenseman Robyn Regehr twice and Regehr was unable to return to the game after the halfway mark of the first period. "I think the last two games, he's been really good," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's found a little bit of a fountain of youth. He's hitting guys, which isn't really his game, but is committed to the cause." Selanne's goal was his first of the post-season and he now has four points in six games.
Teemu Selanne was the Ducks' best skater in Saturday night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
He was dangerous on every one of his 26 shifts and scored one of Anaheim's two goals. For his efforts, Selanne was selected as the game's second star. Of the 43-year-old winger limemate Andrew Cogliano had this to say: "I thought he was very intense. I thought he was good on the forecheck. He scores timely goals. That was another one. It's too bad it didn't hold up." Will Selanne ever get old?
Teemu Selanne had two assists Sunday after being a healthy scratch in Game 4.
Selanne set up the first two goals for the Ducks as he finished the series with three assists in five games. He also had five shots on goal as he played like the Selanne of old. Teammate Corey Perry compared his play to youngsters Rickard Rakell and Devante Smith-Pelly who were big parts of the Ducks win. "Kids don't know any better right?" Perry said. "They go out and they play. I guess the old guys don't know any better either. `T' had one of the best games I've seen him play in a long time. He made a great play on the first two goals. He had a lot of ice tonight. That's what I like to see." This is Selanne's last season in the NHL and it sure would be nice if he was able to go out with his name on the Stanley Cup once again.
Teemu Selanne will play on Friday after being a healthy scratch in Game 4.
Selanne averaged just 11:16 minutes per contest in the first three contests of Anaheim's first round series against the Dallas Stars. It will be interesting to see if the Ducks use Selanne more as they try to bounce back after losing two straight games to Dallas.