Teemu says he wasn’t rushed back.

Teemu Selanne admitted that he wasn’t at 100 percent when he returned to the lineup Wednesday night against Chicago after missing about a month with a lacerated quadriceps tendon. Which begs the question, if the Ducks’ playoff hopes weren’t so perilous, would he have waited to come back to the lineup?

“I was probably mentally more thinking about (playing) Saturday (in Colorado),” he said. “But I hoped Monday, day by day, seeing how it felt and Wednesday I felt ready to go. I think the first game’s almost toughest. When you miss so much time, it isn’t easy to come back.”

In the 17 games Selanne missed, the Ducks went 6-9-2. Of course, they’re 0-1 with him back after the 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks, a game Selanne said “we totally dominated.” He even went so far as to say they should have been awarded a penalty shot when Patrick Sharp dislodged the net behind Nikolai Khabibulin as Selanne ripped off a shot. No penalty was called.

Meanwhile, Teemu said he’s not going to be back to 100 percent “for a while.”

“The skating shape is going to come by playing games,” he said. “Even last night, as the game went on I felt better and better, so that’s a (good) sign. I’m expecting improvement every day.”

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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