If the Ducks' stunning 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Friday night turns out to be Teemu Selanne's last home game at Honda Center — last as in ever — neither Ducks fans nor Selanne had a chance to say goodbye. And that would be beyond sad. Just another reason for the Ducks to find a way to win today in Nashville and force a decisive Game 7 back at Honda Center on Tuesday night. It's safe to say nobody wants Selanne's Hall of Fame career to end on the road, without one more thunderous ovation at home and the fans chanting "One more year! One more year!" as he skates around the rink waving to the adoring crowd. Selanne, the leading scorer and most popular player in franchise history, has not decided whether to hang up his skates, at least not publicly, but he repeatedly has said he has been approaching this season as his last, to guarantee that he leaves everything on the ice. As if that has ever been a problem. And Friday night he did his best to accentuate the positive after a disheartening Game 5 loss pushed the Ducks to the brink of elimination. He did not want to think about the future beyond the next game. "It was a tough way to lose the game," Selanne said softly in the funereal atmosphere of the home dressing room, alluding to the Ducks giving up the tying goal 36 seconds before they were poised to celebrate a 3-2 series lead. "But this is nothing we haven't faced before.
Selanne, fans aren't ready to say goodbye
Orange County Register | Apr 24