The Anaheim Ducks returned to the Honda Center on Monday
night after returning from a three-game Canadian road trip. They went 1-2 in
that time, having their four-game win streak snapped in the process. Waiting
for the Ducks to return was one of the Ducks long-time rivals, the Dallas
Stars, who had beaten the Los Angeles Kings, 4-1, earlier in the weekend.
Prior to the first puck dropping, Teemu Selanne was honored
for his 600th career goal, which took place March 21st.
Selanne was honored by the owners of the Ducks, Henry and Susan Samueli, with a
Tiffany silver plate, which was personally engraved. His fellow Finnish
countryman and former Ducks’ teammate, Jari Kurri, presented him with a
collection of goal-scoring memorabilia including photos, and the puck from his
600th goal, also honored him. Chants of “One More Year!” rang through the crowd, as fans
begged one of the franchise favorites to return for yet another season, but
only time will tell if their wishes come true.
After the puck was dropped, the cheer in the air settled and
fans waited to see if the Ducks would be able to win their fifth-straight game
at home. There were three power play opportunities within the period, one to
the Stars and two for the Ducks, but neither team was able to capitalize with
the man-advantage. The Ducks outshot the Stars 13-5 throughout the period,
but no one was able to score, leaving the score 0-0 at the end of the first
The second period got off to a slow start but at 6:48 Steve
Ott was sent to the box for roughing, giving the Ducks their third power play
opportunity of the game. While the Ducks were applying to the net, Nick Bonino,
who signed an entry-level contract with the Ducks on March 21st,
scored his first career NHL goal in his second NHL game. The primary assist on
the goal came from Selanne, making it the night that much more special for both
“It’s incredible!” Bonino reflected, “It’s pretty cool to be
sitting next to him on the bench after my first goal and he’s the one who
handed me the puck, so I’ll always remember that.”
Nearly five minutes later, Corey Perry added a goal to the
Ducks lead, his third goal in two games. Less than a minute after Perry’s goal,
Kyle Chipchura received a pass from Lubomir Visnovsky and Chipchura chipped it
in over the shoulder of Kari Lehtonen.
However, the Ducks did give up a goal to Loui Eriksson very
soon after their third goal and the Ducks took a 3-1 lead going into the third
The 20 minutes of the third ticked by without a change
in score. Both teams had some great scoring chances and nice saves made by
their goaltenders, but the Ducks won the game 3-1, keeping their diminished
hopes for a playoff spot still flickering.