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Video: Getzlaf, Ducks top Stars

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.

Anahiem has now won five of its last seven while the Stars are winless in six.

Cayton Stoner had the other Ducks goal. John Gibson made 39 saves for the win.

Patrick Eaves had the lone Stars goal.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 19 shots in the loss.

With his two point night, Getzlaf (669) moved into a tie with Paul Kariya for second place on the franchise’s all-time points list.

The Ducks lost TIm Jackman early in the first period to a lower body injury. Bruce Boudreau said the forward is “day-to-day”.

Anaheim has held Dallas to just one goal in each of the first two meetings between the two clubs. The pair meet for a third and final time on April 8 at the Honda Center.

Alex Steen’s concussion recovery troubles continue

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Blues forward Alex Steen has had his struggles this year recovering from a concussion. He’s missed 26 straight games and the Blues miss his offensive punch in the lineup.

Unfortunately for Steen, his recovery isn’t seeing any stark improvements and he’s champing at the bit to find a way to get healthy. As Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, Steen will be heading to California to get the same kind of treatment Paul Kariya had for his concussion problems.

“I’m trying to get myself back on track here,” Steen said. “It’s hard to explain what I’m going through. I … don’t want to get into too many details about it, but it’s been on and off. I’ve tried everything in my power to get back on the ice.

“So, I’ll be heading (to California) and (be) leaving the team and leaving St. Louis for a couple of weeks.”

This doesn’t sound very promising for Steen with how he’s doing. Going away for two weeks to see if he can get things figured out is a good step. As for banking on Steen coming back to the help the Blues in the playoffs, that would be a risky proposition.

We know that concussions are tough to figure out and considering he’s going to the same place Kariya was treated, that sounds foreboding. Here’s to hoping it works out better for Steen than it did for Kariya.

Andy McDonald becomes the NHL’s latest concussion victim

St. Louis Blues v Detroit Red Wings

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong announced today that Andy McDonald has been placed on injured reserve due to a concussion suffered during the Blues’ Oct. 13 game versus Dallas. McDonald’s head hit the glass after getting checked into the boards by the Stars’ Vern Fiddler at the end of the second period, but he did come back in the third for what would be his final shift of the evening.

This is McDonald’s second concussion in less than a year.

With the injury, McDonald joins a laundry list of NHLers currently out with a concussion or related symptoms — the others Marc Savard, Raitis Ivanans, Ben Smith, Ben Eager, Francis Bouillon, Rick DiPietro, Marc Staal, Ian Laperriere, Kurt Sauer, Nick Petersen, Tyler Kennedy, fellow Blues teammate David Perron and the most high-profile of them all, Sidney Crosby.

(NB: Should be mentioned on TSN’s injury report, these are the only ones listed under “concussion”. Several others — including Adam McQuaid, Jochen Hecht, Mark Olver, Peter Mueller, Michal Rozsival and Jay Beagle — are filed under the always-curious “head” category.)

It’s also another concussion for St. Louis, a team that’s seen a lot of them recently. Concussions forced Paul Kariya to retire this past summer and took all but 10 games away from Perron last season (who is now skating and hoping to join the Blues soon). Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo is also out with what’s being classified as an “upper body injury” but his symptoms suggest he’s suffering post-concussion issues as well.

Teemu watch: Selanne feeling optimistic about coming back for one more season

Teemu Selanne

While we’re waiting to see what will happen with Teemu Selanne and whether he’ll play again this season or retire, he’s having some fun in southern California and participating in a charity game. In Anaheim, they hold the Fedorin Cup, a game that features a host of former and current NHL’ers playing hockey for charity.

Selanne was there at this year’s game and he was even suiting up and giving it a go on his surgically repaired left knee. While Selanne is hoping to play one more season in the NHL, the one thing that could prevent that from happening is his knee. We’ve heard from Selanne already courtesy of a Finnish TV station blog he wrote saying how he was working out hard to be ready for another season, but still there’s a possibility he might not be able to give it another go. We should know by the time Ducks training camp starts on September 16 what his decision will be.

Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register caught up with Selanne to see which way he’s leaning when it comes to playing next season or retiring. For fans hoping to see Selanne play for one more year, hope is still very much alive.

… He wants one more shot at glory. He was hoping his longtime friend and former linemate, Paul Kariya, would join him for one final season, too, but Kariya decided to retire from the NHL after sitting out the entire 2010-2011 season recovering from concussion symptoms.

“We talked a couple of times and we had lunch with Bob Murray (Ducks GM) to talk about it,” Selanne said. “I was hoping PK could play one more year, but he told me all the stories about the problems he’s had (related to concussions). There are more important things than hockey.”

Selanne knows that, too, but he wants one more tour around the NHL, which this season will include a stop in Winnipeg, where his NHL career began nearly two decades ago.

“I know I don’t really have to play; it’s a ‘gift’ kind of thing,” Selanne said. “But I’m really optimistic about the team we have. We have a chance to do something big here.”

It sounds as if Selanne already has made up his mind about coming back; now he’s waiting for his knee to deliver a second opinion.

Selanne has won just one Stanley Cup in the NHL back in 2007 with the Ducks. Getting a shot to win it one more time before calling it a career, a career that’s seen him score 637 goals, would be the best way to go out with style. With Jonas Hiller being ready to comeback from vertigo and having the reining league MVP ready for another big season in Corey Perry, Selanne is right about the Ducks being a potentially great team.

If Selanne can come back and produce another 30+ goal season and contribute 80 points again, the Ducks could be a team that forces their way into the discussion as potential Stanley Cup finalists with the likes of Vancouver, Chicago, Detroit, and San Jose. A Selanne “victory tour” kind of season that culminates in one more spin around the ice carrying the Cup would be the best way to sending the Finnish Flash off into the sunset.

Retirements of Paul Kariya and Dave Scatchard send clear message to NHL about concussions

Ben Walter, Dave Scatchard

The message has been out there all along for the NHL when it comes to concussions: Do something smart about it or start losing players sooner than not.

Seeing the retirements of Paul Kariya and now Dave Scatchard this summer that message was not-so delicately hammered home as red flags for the league. The NHL is figuring out a way to find the balance between maintaining the speed and beauty of the game while trying to keep the potentially ugly parts of it under some kind of control.

In Scatchard’s case, his history of dealing with concussions forced him out of the game and it’s affecting how he lives his life off the ice. While Scatchard announced his retirement via Twitter, he made it clear that he had to hang it up because doctors at the Mayo Clinic advised against him playing hockey again. For Scatchard, when there are basic things you can no longer do, that’s a big problem as Randy Starkman of The Toronto Star reports.

“Even today I have trouble pushing my kids on a swing set,” said Scatchard from his home in Phoenix. “Just the motion makes me really nauseous. Wrestling around with them on the ground, I can only do it for a minute or two and then I just feel sick. Any rolling motions or spinning motions just completely send me for a loop.”

Scatchard’s career came to an end during an AHL game thanks to a late hit. Paul Kariya saw a host of different hits conspire to end his career, some which were “legal” at the time and others that weren’t legal ever. Kariya’s farewell to the league was less of a sad thing because a once brilliant player was hanging it up, but more of a bitter situation because it all stopped too soon. As Kariya told The Globe & Mail’s Eric Duhatschek at the time, the league has to serve notice to those who are going out of their way to hit their fellow man in the head.

Kariya went on to say that every hit that ever knocked him out came as a result of an illegal hit.

“Every single one,” he reiterated. “I’m not saying you’re going to ever eliminate concussions completely because it’s a contact sport, but if you get those out of the game, then you eliminate a big part of the problem.

“A two-game suspension? That’s not enough of a deterrent.”

And you know what? Kariya is right. While fans are twisted up wondering when (or if) Sidney Crosby is going to play this season, and after two weeks in a row of Penguins executives and Crosby’s agent tip-toeing around how Crosby’s actually doing there’s something amiss, the first thing the league has to do is start coming down hard on those who go out of their way to target the head.

This is one thing the new disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is going to have to nip in the bud and fast. Colin Campbell’s clandestine ways of determining what was a “legal” blow and what wasn’t set a dangerous and awful precedent that Shanahan needs to not follow along with. With Shanahan being a guy who has played in the current style of the NHL he should be more than aware who the bad seeds are and how fast things can go wrong. Let’s hope that he can lead the charge to helping clean up a beautiful game whose warts are showing when it comes to protecting its players.