The Anaheim Ducks rebounded from a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars by traveling up north to Missouri and putting on a goal-scoring festival against the St. Louis Blues. But among the performers in this goal-scoring festival, two of them stood out because they both scored four points apiece: Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne.
Sure, the 42-year-old Selanne could technically be the 25-year-old Ryan’s father–if he had been a teen dad, which he quite obviously wasn’t–but both of them found their firepower to help the Ducks rebound from being down 3-1 again, put up a strong second period and make it 5-4 Anaheim for a short time. Neither of them scored in the resulting shootout, but the Ducks found scoring elsewhere at that time and won 6-5.
Ryan opened the night’s scoring midway through the opening period, helped out by Selanne. Midway through the second stanza, Ryan turned right back around and helped Selanne as he scored his first goal of the night and cut St. Louis’ lead to one. Later in the second, Selanne aided Ryan again to end the period on a 4-3 lead. St. Louis knotted it up yet again in the third, but the Ryan-Selanne duo struck again as the two assists on the goal scored by another ageless Finnish wonder, Saku Koivu. (By the way, Koivu recently said that he’s not ruling out the idea of playing at least one more season.)
Basically, here’s how their four points broke down: Ryan had an even split of two goals and two assists while Selanne put up a goal and three helpers.
Despite the fact that tonight’s NHL action included a 5-0 shutout, a 6-0 shutout, a hard-fought 3-1 win and more, these two four-point outbursts were both good enough to be among the league’s three stars of the night. The only non-Duck with those honors was Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer.
Selanne also has first place in Ducks scoring with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and Ryan is in third (four goals, seven assists). Better yet? Selanne is among the entire league’s highest scorers right now.
After this win, the Ducks have one more stop left on their trip of the Midwest: the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks. Against a team with a 9-0-2 record and a conference-leading +14 goal differential, Ducks like Ryan and Selanne are going to have to be on point and ready to score often so they can try to get another win.