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With the Anaheim Ducks having lost six out of their last eight games, their season has drifted further from the stuff of storybooks.
Meanwhile, Teemu Selanne has continued to ink up the record books.
In Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado, Selanne’s power-play goal moved him into a tie for fourth all-time in power-play tallies with another Southern California hockey icon, former Los Angeles Kings winger, Luc Robitaille.
It also put Selanne in sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time points list, one ahead of hall-of-fame countryman Jari Kurri.
“I couldn’t be more proud that Teemu is the all-time top NHL scorer from Finland. Congratulations to a great player, a great friend and an even better person,” Kurri said in a statement.
Over the past two seasons, the 41-year-old Selanne has been tied with Steven Stamkos and Daniel Sedin for the most power-play goals in the NHL.
Selanne had already taken firm control of the 12th position on the list of the most prolific goal-scorers in NHL history.
But the Ducks fell in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche Monday. It was Anaheim’s sixth loss in eight games following a push from 20 points out of the playoffs to as few as six points back.
The Ducks currently sit in the 12th position, nine points behind eight-seeded Colorado with 12 games remaining on the Anaheim schedule.
“Yeah, no (expletive), we are running out of time. It’s not fun when you’re running out of time,” head coach Bruce Boudreau said after a 2-0 loss to Dallas Saturday. “But it wasn’t for lack of effort. I’m really proud of their effort right now.”
The Ducks just played three of the hottest teams in the Western Conference—St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado are a combined 25-4-1 in their last ten games—but they still face a dozen-game gauntlet ahead.
They will battle St Louis again, along with both of last year’s Stanley Cup finalists, Boston and Vancouver. In their last 12 games, they will face Edmonton twice. The Oilers are the lone sub-.500 opponent on their remaining schedule.
“It’s getting down to it now, we’re in a do or die situation every night,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said Saturday.
Pacific Division Notes
The Phoenix Coyotes rallied to earn a point by going to a shootout, where they lost 5-4 to Nashville Monday … Phoenix will hit the road for five of its next six games … The San Jose Sharks got a desperately needed two points against Edmonton. Logan Couture redirected Dan Boyle’s shot for the third period game winner as San Jose moved into ninth place, but also just four points behind division-leading Dallas … Martin Havlat could return next week for the Sharks … The Los Angeles Kings begin a critical stretch with five games at home and one at Anaheim in their next six. They face the Red Wings Tuesday night, who will be without both Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk.