To steal from Hemmingway: “The crowd was building up in the Honda Center and Teemu looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the lights over the ice, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the rink.”
…and a direct quote: “To hell with luck. I’ll bring the luck with me.”
This has seemed to be Teemu Selanne’s mantra the entire season. Rarely have I seen a player fight so hard, so consistently, so beautifully and so successfully. I truly believe he has been the inspiration that lit the fire under the Ducks’ butts this past month to fight tooth and nail for a playoff berth (7th right now).
Oh, and all the while, having a ton of fun doing it.
During the postgame interview, Selanne had to wait for the tumultuous chants of “ONE MORE YEAR!” to die down before he could be heard.
Selanne’s hat trick was icing on the cake and the best video shot was that of a Dallas Stars hat sat on the ice during the celebration. Irony, anyone?
Fun Facts from the official Ducks site:
Selanne scored his second career penalty shot goal tonight. He is now 2-for-6 all-time with his other PS goal taking place on his first career PS attempt: Mar. 9, 1993 with Winnipeg at Tampa Bay (Wendell Young). Prior to tonight, his last PS attempt took place on Mar. 18, 2007 vs. Los Angeles (Garon-no goal). He had been 0-for-3 in PS with the Ducks.
Selanne’s 75 points this season are the third-most in NHL history among players age 40+:
Player Team Year Points Age
Gordie Howe Detroit 1968-69 103 40 years, 276 days
Johnny Bucyk Boston 1975-76 83 40 years, 234 days
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 2010-11 75 40 years, 181 days
Note: Age is determined based on Jan. 1 of given season
Selanne is now averaging 1.12 points-per-game, ranking seventh in the NHL. His 75 points on the season rank tied for eighth and his 15 power play goals rank third. Selanne has points in four of the last five games (7-4=11) and 7-8=15 in 10.
With 1-1=2 points tonight, Cam Fowler has established new club rookie records in both goals, assists and points (9-27=36). Among rookie defensemen, he now leads the NHL in points and is tied for first in assists. He also ranks second in goals among rookie blueliners. Fowler has earned 1-5=6 points in his last eight contests.
Lubomir Visnovsky continues to lead the NHL in defensemen scoring (15-48=63) with two assists tonight. Visnovsky has points in four of the last five games (1-5=6) and in eight of the last 10 (3-9=12).
Wednesday we hit the Flamers in their barn, then the Sharks, the Stars and the Kings twice. As Al Pacino said in “The Devil’s Advocate”, ‘Can you summon your talent at will? Can you deliver on a deadline?’
Here’s to hoping our boys are up to the task at hand.
…and now for something completely different…
THIS is why we garbage disposal players like Todd Bertuzzi: