It remains to be seen if future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne’s first goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs will win Game 1 for the Anaheim Ducks, but it already made a little history.
The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle mentions that Selanne became the third-oldest player to score a postseason goal in NHL history with his 2-1 tally against the Los Angeles Kings. (Feel free to correct, but by rough Hockey Reference math, Selanne is 43 years and 304 days old).
Here’s the 43rd career postseason goal for “The Finnish Flash.”
(Mirtle notes that Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios rank as the oldest and second-oldest, in case you’re wondering.)
The Ducks tried to get by without Ryan Getzlaf (upper body) in Game 4 of their first round series against the Dallas Stars and the results weren’t favorable for Anaheim. With the series now tied at 2-2, the Ducks confirmed Getzlaf will be back tonight.
Getzlaf had 31 goals and ranked second in the NHL with 87 points in the regular season. He was struck in the face by the puck during Anaheim’s playoff opener, but he still managed to play in the first three games of this series.
The Ducks won’t have defenseman Hampus Lindholm though as he’s dealing with a stiff neck.
Anaheim also plans on starting Frederik Andersen after he was pulled in Game 4 and forward Teemu Selanne will return after spending a game in the press box.
Meanwhile, Dallas’ Brendon Dillon will return from a lower-body injury, per TSN’s Mike Johnson.
The contest will air on NBCSN and you can also stream it online.
The Anaheim Ducks got off to a 2-0 series lead, but the Stars rallied back when the series headed to Dallas.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau tried to mix things up for Game 4 by scratching future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne, but that move didn’t pay off, so the 43-year-old forward will be back in the lineup tonight.
Anaheim will also start goalie Frederik Andersen again despite the fact that he was yanked in Game 4 after allowing four goals on 25 shots. He has a 3.17 GAA and .898 save percentage in this series.
The only big unknown for the Ducks is whether or not Ryan Getzlaf will play after he missed Game 4 with an upper-body injury.
“It’s all about getting clearance at this point,” said Getzlaf. “It’s part of the process. We’ll see what happens later today.”
With or without him, this is a critical contest for the Ducks. The last thing they want is for the Stars to be on a three-game winning streak and on the brink of advancing when the series heads back to Dallas for Game 6.
Tonight’s game will start at 10:30 p.m. ET and air on NBCSN. You can also stream the contest online:
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