Ducks 4, Boston 3; Selanne breaks jaw.

Dan Sexton, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Getzlaf and Steve Eminger scored goals, and Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in both his and the Ducks’ fifth straight win.

But the good news was tempered by another serious injury to Teemu Selanne, whose jaw got in the way of a Ryan Whitney shot in the third period and broke on impact. Selanne, playing just his third game after getting back from a broken hand, will be given a timetable after undergoing surgery to repair the fracture on Thursday, head coach Randy Carlyle said.

“It’s a tough loss,” Carlyle said. “The puck hit the bottom of somebody’s stick (Miroslav Satan), went and hit the ice and then bounced back up and hit him. It’s kind of one of those things that you very rarely would see. It’s unfortunate for Teeme and unforunate for us. We finally started to get some bodies back in our lineup and get our lines setted.”

The Ducks could easily have been without two of their top players, as James Wisniewski suffered a back injury after crashing into the boards moments before Zdeno Chara scored to put the Bruins up 2-1 in the second period. The defensemen had to be helped to the bench by teammates in obvious pain.

But he was able to return in the third period, and set up Ryan Getzlaf on a fastbreak goal that tied the game at 3. Steve Eminger tipped in the game-winning goal behind Boston goalie Tuukka Rask at 8:07 to complete the Ducks’ comeback.

Four weeks and two days remain before the start of the Olympics, when Selanne was set to begin play for Team Finland.

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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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