Even in the midst of some great news – the team’s first win since the Olympic break – bad news still found the Ducks in the form of game-ending injuries to Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf.
After scoring his 599th career goal in the first period, Selanne left the ice in a daze after colliding shoulder-first into the end boards in the third period and did not return. Getzlaf, meanwhile, re-aggravated the left ankle injury he suffered in February and played only 15:34.
A team spokesperson reported only that Selanne had suffered an “upper body injury” and will undergo tests Monday. Getzlaf, meanwhile, is day-to-day and will also be re-evaluated Monday.
Other than that, Sunday’s outing was easily the best thing to happen to the Ducks since the Olympics ended. Corey Perry, Lubomir Visnovsky and Bobby Ryan also scored goals and Jonas Hiller stopped 30 of 32 shots for the victory.
“They seem to bring out the best in us,” Ryan said of the Sharks. “Hopefully it’s a starting block.”
The win was the Ducks’ first in six tries against Western Conference-leading San Jose, allowing them to avoid an embarrassing season sweep.
“They’ve taken it to us pretty much all year.
It’s nice to finally get a win against them,” Perry said. “You never know down the
what can happen. It’s a confidence boost in knowing we can play with the
top teams in the league. We have to keep that rolling.”