Needing just two points in their last two games in order to clinch a playoff spot or for the Dallas Stars to lose to the Avs, Teemu decided he didn’t feel like waiting any longer, and took matters into his own hands tonight. Although things looked a little bleak for the Ducks after the Stars logged a win in their game versus the Avs today, and the Kings went up 1-0 in the first period, the Finnish Flash remained calm and composed as he chipped away at the Kings’ lead.
After a really boring first period in which there was one total penalty (roughing), seven shots by the Kings, eight shots by the Ducks, and one goal, the two teams got it together and came out with a little more energy in the second period. In fact, just three minutes in, Kings’ bruiser, Kevin Westgarth, and George Parros decide they would drop their gloves and go at it. The two 6’5, former Tigers battled for a minute or two before skating off to their respective sin bins. A couple of minutes later, Dustin Penner and Jarkko Ruutu occupied the penalty boxes for unsportsmanlike conduct leaving the teams to play four on four hockey and for the Ducks to gain momentum. Not long after, Luca Sbisa took a slap shot from just inside the blue line, deflecting off of Quick and right to Selanne’s stick, who made short work of putting it into the back of the next for his 30th goal of the season. Teemu’s 31st goal came just six minutes into the third. Saku Koivu had a “Sports Center Top Ten” play as he swung the puck across the net in the midst of Matt Greene taking him out. The puck floated right to Teemu who had a wide open shot on goal and Jonathan Quick didn’t stand a chance.
The Kings pulled Quick with a little over a minute remaining in the third but they couldn’t generate offense and only managed to generate lucky defense as the Ducks missed three open net shots.
Exiting to chants of “One! More! Year!” Teemu collected his First Star Player of the Game on Fan Appreciation Night in which he single-handedly gave the fans much to appreciate.
Tomorrow night, the Ducks play their last game of the regular season versus the Kings again at the Staples Center. With a win, a Preds’ loss, and a Coyote loss, the Ducks can jump as far up in the standings as 4th place, securing home ice for the first round.
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Written by KARLY TAMBARA