Teemu Selanne scores 669th career goal as Ducks tame Wild
Anaheim, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Teemu Selanne scored his 669th career goal to move to 11th place on the all-time goals list as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, for their eighth straight home win Saturday at Honda Center.
Selanne scored in the first period with help from Luca Sbisa and Bobby Ryan to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead and move past Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille on the all-time goals list.
The 42-year-old took the puck on the right wing, swung to the backhand and flipped it past goaltender Darcy Kuemper to break a tie with Robitaille.
Next in line for Selanne is Jaromir Jagr of the Dallas Stars with 671 goals, 19 behind Mario Lemieux in ninth place.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his seventh goal of the season while Matt Beleskey added his fourth for the Ducks, who improved to 15-3-1, surpassing the 2006-07 Stanley Cup-winning team for the best start in franchise history.
Jonas Hiller stopped 31 of 33 shots for the Ducks, who won seven of their last eight games. The Ducks last lost at home to the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0.
Kyle Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi scored in the third period to help the Wild avoid a shutout. Minnesota lost for only the second time in its last six outings, dropping the Wild to 10-8-2. Darcy Kuemper saved 26 of 29 shots in his third start for the Wild.
Getzlaf put the Ducks on the board at the 4:45 mark with assists from Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri before Selanne made a classic cut across the right circle before flicking a backhand from the slot past Kuemper at 11:21 of the first period for a 2-0 lead.
Minnesota outshot Anaheim 15-6 in the second period but failed to score while the Ducks took a 3-0 lead behind a goal by Beleskey.