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The Associated Press

Teemu Selanne's farewell tour in his 21st and final NHL season has taken a detour, and it isn't a very pleasant one.

The Anaheim Ducks plan to persevere without him, though.

Selanne is home recovering after receiving 40 stitches in his mouth while Anaheim seeks a fourth straight victory on its season-high eight-game road trip Thursday night against the Boston Bruins.

The 43-year-old lost four teeth after being hit by the high stick of Philadelphia's Luke Schenn in the Ducks' 3-2 victory Tuesday. Selanne, who will undergo oral surgery and is expected to be out two weeks, has three goals and four assists in 11 games.

Anaheim also is missing Saku Koivu and Jakob Silfverberg due to injury. Koivu was placed on injured reserve Monday with a concussion, and Silfverberg is expected to miss up to six weeks with a broken right hand.

"You hate to see it," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I just hate to see the whole teeth thing. Drives me nuts. It was a reckless use of the stick, but what are you going to do?"

Anaheim (10-3-0) will look to keep rolling in its sixth stop on a road trip that concludes Monday against the New York Rangers. Kyle Palmieri scored twice in the third period as the Ducks won their third straight after dropping their first two on the trip.

''It's big for us to start to link together these wins,'' Palmieri said. ''Especially on the road, it's huge. 'We were able to start to get it going in the second and then poured it on them in the third."

Palmieri had only one goal and two assists in his previous 10 games.

"(Kyle's) got the scoring touch," Boudreau said. "When he's on, he's really good. I just felt he was ready to break out."

The Bruins (7-4-0) are coming off their second straight loss following a four-game winning streak, giving up two goals 6:58 apart in the third period in a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla scored in the third, and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves.

"We were probably a bit not as aggressive as we can play, or going after it the way we can on our forecheck and our zone time," Iginla said. "We know we can be a lot better, and in the third, we were a lot better and were able to get back into it, but just came up short."

Coach Claude Julien liked the intensity from his team in the final period, though he would like to see that earlier going forward.

"We didn't play to our identity," Julien said. "We didn't play a heavy game for two periods tonight. We had to play three periods like we did in the third and that wasn't the case."

Rask has started 10 of the team's 11 games, so Chad Johnson could be in net for the second of a back-to-back. He made 14 saves in his ninth NHL start Oct. 23 as Boston beat Buffalo 5-2.

The Ducks are likely to counter with Jonas Hiller, who made 26 saves in Tuesday's victory. He's 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average in four career starts against the Bruins.

Selanne scored in the most recent meeting with Boston on March 25, 2012, but the Bruins ended a three-game skid in the series with a 3-2 victory.

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