Teemu Selanne and Dustin Penner confronted desperate situations Sunday night, and the Ducks' forwards each responded with productive poise, not panic. After Selanne snapped his personal 19-game goal-less drought with a second-period goal, Penner answered an unexpected late tie with the last-place Edmonton Oilers by scoring the winning goal with three minutes 17 seconds left to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory at Honda Center. "Maybe we weren't as mentally sharp as in days past," Penner said after the Ducks (23-7-5) had their first three-day break between games since Oct. 7-9. "Not an excuse, but maybe that's why. We were able to find a way." The Ducks denied they were also looking ahead to Tuesday, when they start a four-game trip at Detroit. The Red Wings eliminated the Ducks in seven games in the first round of last season's playoffs. In dropping Edmonton further into the Western Conference cellar at 11-21-3, the Ducks improved to 13-0-2 at Honda Center and won their fifth consecutive game, while remaining unbeaten in regulation (6-0-2) in the last eight games. Selanne, 43, said all the winning has eased the burden of his personal slump, which dated to Oct. 20. Selanne said he was texting his retired Ducks line mate, high-scoring Paul Kariya, on Saturday night when some advice was given. "Go to the net, good things happen," Kariya texted. "He knows," said Selanne. "Maybe I haven't done that enough. When you're used to scoring those pretty goals, sometimes you don't go to those ugly areas. You have to remind yourself where the goals are, that blue paint."
'Go to the net' is good advice as Ducks beat Oilers, 3-2
Los Angeles Times | Dec 16