NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Colorado|
(Tuesday, February 12th)
Final Score: Anaheim 2, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Teemu Selanne scored his first goal since his
return, helping the resurgent Anaheim Ducks edge the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1,
at the Pepsi Center.
Samuel Pahlsson netted the eventual game-winner and Jean- Sebastien Giguere
made 32 saves for the Ducks.
Selanne returned to the ice on February 5 after missing the first 56 games
while pondering retirement.
His impact has been immediate. The Ducks are a perfect 5-0 since he came back
to the lineup, helping Anaheim end its franchise-record nine-game road trip
plus-.500 despite dropping the first four.
With his goal, Selanne tied Paul Kariya for most points in team history (669).
Marek Svatos had his team's lone goal while Jose Theodore turned away 27 shots
for the Avs, who saw a modest two-game win streak come to an end.
Paul Stastny (appendectomy), Ryan Smyth (broken right ankle) and Joe Sakic
(hernia surgery) all missed the game.
"He's just playing unbelievable," said Colorado winger Ian Laperriere of
Theodore. "We really need that with all these injuries we have."
Colorado struck just 1:37 into the contest, as Svatos pounced on Wojtek
Wolski's rebound and fired it into the back of the cage.
The scoring went silent until early in the second, when Selanne registered his
first goal of the season. With the Ducks set up on the power play, Selanne got
the puck along the left side of the net and wristed a shot that caromed off
the glove of Theodore and in.
"I'm so glad to get it," said Selanne. "I'm just taking some baby steps, the
team is playing well."
Anaheim clawed in front with 4:21 left in the third. Scott Niedermayer dipped
behind the goal line and flipped the disc out in front. The puck hit Travis
Moen first before Pahlsson chipped it in to make it 2-1.
Giguere kept the Avs off the board from there to preserve the lead.
Avs defenseman Brett Clarke injured his shoulder 55 seconds into the third and
did not return...Selanne last scored on April 7 of last year...Anaheim's Ryan
Getzlaf notched his 100th NHL assist.
02/13 01:42:39 ET