Those Finns might just work out after all.

Randy Carlyle on Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, who finally connected in the third period Monday when Koivu assisted Selanne’s power-play goal:

They were better tonight. They didn’t turn the puck over nearly as many times. They simplified it. That’s the key, especially now for this group, to simplify and get the staples of our structure down pat. And the expectations, what you do in this situation, what you do in that situation, and learn those things. We’ve got a fairly large group of people that are new to us. It’s not like we’re the same team we were last year. It’s probably 7 or 8 new faces, that’s almost 50 percent of the team.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, 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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