Teemu Selanne scored the 601st goal of his career, and Jason Blake recorded five points – a goal and four assists – becoming the first Ducks player to do so since Corey Perry in Oct. 2008.
Selanne scored on a vintage goal, finishing a neutral zone breakaway with a wrister past Craig Anderson at 2:34 of the third period. Two days after Jari Kurri flew to Anaheim from Finland to recognize Selanne’s 600th career goal, Selanne matched Kurri at 17th on the career goal-scoring list.
Here’s the video of the (latest) historic goal by Selanne, with apologies for the Avalanche announcers, who make no mention of the history in the moment:
Saku Koivu added a goal and three assists as the line of he, Selanne and Blake combined for three goals, eight points and a plus-14 rating. Defensive partners Scott Niedermayer and Steve Eminger also scored a goal and finished plus-5.
Blake is just the sixth Anaheim player to record five points in a game, joining Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Selanne (five times), Paul Kariya (four times) and Dmitri Mironov. He also tied his own career high. He of five points on Jan. 15, 2009 as a Toronto Maple Leaf.
Goaltender Curtis McElhinney, making his third straight start with Jonas Hiller in Anaheim nursing back spasms, made 27 saves.
The victory was the Ducks’ third straight, and second on the road, and left them seven points behind Colorado for the eighth playoff position in the Western Conference with five games to play.