Vancouver, BC - The Ducks, lead by Teemu Selanne, looked strong against the defending President’s Trophy winners last night. One area of concern going into the game was the power play. Top power play killer Cam Fowlerwas scratched due to the flu. The Ducks united and went a perfect 3-for-3 on the man advantage.
In the first period, off-season acquisition Daniel Winnik got the scoring started at the 6:31 mark. Daniel Hamhuis was the next to score on a slapshot midway in the frame. Daniel Sedin scored a power play goal after Jonas Hiller could not corral rebound a minute and a half after Hamhuis’s tally. The Ducks got their first chance with the man advantage at the 15:04 mark and wasted no time in scoring. After Selanne won a faceoff, Sheldon Souray got the puck and slapped it past Cory Schneider to tie the game.
The second period was all Ducks. Winnik again started the scoring off 3:33 into the frame. Max Lapierre was called for hooking at the 6:24 mark and on the ensuing faceoff, Corey Perry netted a wrister to pad the lead. Schneider got the hook after Kyle Palmieri notched his first of the year 11 seconds later. Selanne netted his first of the year on a power play in the closing seconds of the second.
Alexander Edler notched a power play goal at the 9:27 mark. Selanne cemented the top star honors with his second goal of the night and fourth point overall. There were no further penalties or scoring the rest of the game.
After the game, Selanne got word of another 40 year-old, Jaromir Jagr, having a big night and had this to say about the senior skaters big performances:
“Way to go old boys. Most of the nights you feel it’s a young guy’s game. Physically, health-wise, I feel great. But I know I need at least four or five games to get my legs back. To be honest, I can’t wait until I start feeling good because it is going to be way more fun than this.”
The Ducks will return to the ice Monday in Calgary to face the Flames. Puck drops at 6:00 p.m. PST. The game will air on Fox Sport Prime Ticket.
1. ANA Teemu Selanne (2 G, 2 A, +1)
2. ANA Daniel Winnik (2 G, 0 A, +2)
3. ANA Saku Koivu (0 G, 2 A, +2)