Canucks spoil Selanne’s return with shootout win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Sami Salo had a power play goal and two assists, Kyle Wellwood scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of a shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks spoiled Teemu Selanne’s return to the Anaheim lineup with a 5-4 victory over the Ducks on Sunday night.
Selanne had two power-play goals in his preseason debut after signing a two-year, $5.25 million contract earlier in the day. Corey Perry also scored twice for Anaheim and Ryan Getzlaf had three assists.
Selanne gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 16:50 of the second period with a short wrist shot from the left circle that beat Curtis Sanford between the pads. The goal came just 26 seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage following staggered hooking penalties against Cody Hodgson and Jeff Cowan.
Selanne’s second goal tied the score 3-3 with 7:58 left in regulation. He swatted a rebound over Sanford’s glove while Salo was serving a hooking penalty.
“It’s a good feeling to do that, but I have a lot of hard work ahead. That’s why I didn’t want to miss any days in this camp,” Selanne said.
“I wanted to start playing games, and that’s why it was important that we got this done. Brian had told me the other day that I had to be patient, so I’m very happy that everything worked out well. Obviously I want to finish my career here. I have nothing but great things to say about this organization.”
Daniel Sedin put Vancouver ahead 4-3 with 5:21 left in the third period with a slap shot from the left circle. But Perry tied it with 2:14 left in regulation, beating Sanford with a one-timer from the right circle after Getzlaf shook off a check from defenseman Rob Davison.
Sanford finished with 34 saves and J.P. Levassuer stopped 19 shots for Anaheim. The Ducks were 2-for-10 on the power play and the Canucks were 2-for-4.
The 38-year-old Selanne sat out training camp last season and the first four months of the regular season while contemplating retirement. He re-signed last February as a free agent and had 12 goals and 11 assists in 26 games.
“We made it clear that we wanted him back, and he wanted to stay,” general manager Brian Burke said. “This is a guy who’s taking a pay cut to play for Anaheim. These values reflect what Teemu means to us, and what Anaheim means to him.”
The 10-time All-Star, who is the franchise’s all-time leader in goals, points and game-winning goals, has 552 goals during his 16 NHL seasons. Selanne has been working out with the team for a few weeks while Burke looked for ways to fit him under NHL’s $56.7 million salary cap limit.
The cap restrictions don’t have to be met until the first day of the regular season, but the Ducks were able to free up $3.84 million in a trade that sent defenseman Mathieu Schneider to Atlanta on Friday for defenseman Ken Klee, left wing Brad Larsen and minor league forward Chad Painchaud.
The rest of the difference should be taken care of when roster cuts are made.
During a play stoppage with 9:12 left in the first period, the Ducks’ video crew paid tribute to the late Paul Newman by showing a clip from his hockey cult classic, “Slap Shot.” It followed with a still photo of the Academy Award winner along with the words: “Paul Newman (a.k.a. Reggie Dunlop) 1925-2008.” Newman died of cancer on Friday at age 83.