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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Center Nick Bonino scored with 3:27 left in overtime as the Anaheim Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Sunday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 17,528 at the Honda Center.

Anaheim right winger Teemu Selanne played his final regular-season game. Selanne, the Ducks' captain for the contest, played 16 seasons and finished 11th in career goals with 684.

Fans cheered Selanne during every shift in the game, then gave him sustained standing ovations in each of his shifts during the third period.

With 30 seconds left in regulation, fans chanted, "Thank you, Tee-mu."

The Ducks (54-20-8) will begin the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night against the Dallas Stars (40-30-11 entering their Sunday night game). The Avalanche (52-22-8) and Minnesota Wild (43-27-12) will start their series Thursday night.

Bonino ended the game with a wrist shot inside the right post from the right faceoff circle. Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere blocked defenseman Sami Vatanen's shot from the slot, but right winger Devante Smith-Pelly secured the rebound at the left post and passed to Bonino, who scored his career-best 22nd goal.

Anaheim left winger Patrick Maroon and center Saku Koivu scored 3 minutes, 13 seconds apart early in the third period to force a 2-2 tie.

Maroon scored at 1:41, taking center Mathieu Perreault's pass from the right face-off circle and tucking the puck inside the left post. Koivu followed at 4:54 when he converted a backhand inside the right post after deking Giguere to the ice.

Selanne had a chance to win the game with about 3 minutes, 35 seconds remaining, but Giguere used his glove to deflect Selanne's wrist shot from the right circle.

Colorado built a 2-0 lead after two periods.

Center Brad Malone began the scoring at 12:11 of the first period. Defenseman Ryan Wilson started the sequence by dumping the puck into the left corner. Defenseman Nick Holden dug it out, spun and passed to Malone, who poked it inside the right post.

The play was reviewed to see if a referee blew his whistle before the puck crossed the goal line.

Defenseman Stefan Elliott, recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League on Saturday, scored at 18:51 of the second period, slapping a deflected puck in the slot past Ducks goalie John Gibson (29 saves).

Giguere made 33 saves.

NOTES: Both teams rested key players in preparation for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Colorado scratched G Semyon Varlamov and C Matt Duchene, while Anaheim did not dress C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Corey Perry, G Jonas Hiller and D Francois Beauchemin. ... Varlamov ended the season leading the NHL with 41 wins. ... Avalanche D Nate Guenin and Ducks RW Jakob Silfverberg each played in their 100th career game. ... Colorado C Nathan MacKinnon finished the season leading all rookies in points, assists and power-play goals while sharing the lead in goals by a rookie. ... Ducks RW Andrew Cogliano played his 540th consecutive game. ... Anaheim recalled LW John Kurtz from Norfolk (American Hockey League) on Sunday. Kurtz amassed 112 penalty minutes in 70 games for the Admirals this season. ... The Ducks honored Avalanche G Jean-Sebastien Giguere during a media timeout in the first period. Giguere played for Anaheim from 2000-10, won the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy and played for the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup champions.

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