DALLAS – Teemu Selanne keeps passing NHL stars on the career scoring list.
Selanne scored his 611th NHL goal during a third-period power play, breaking a tie with Bobby Hull to assume sole possession of 15th place, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Tuesday night.
“I’ve met (Hull) many times, and I never imagined I’d score more goals than him,” said the 40-year-old Selanne, who also had an assist to give him 801 points with the Ducks. “It’s unbelievable, when you look back at your career, the numbers. Good things happen when you play long.
“When I read my name in the same story with Bobby Hull or somebody else, it’s a big compliment. I’m thankful for all these years.”
Selanne bypassed Dino Ciccarelli on the scoring list earlier this season. Next up is Joe Sakic with 625 goals.
Selanne said he was aware of NHL greats when he was a kid learning the game in Finland.
“Automatic, you know those names,” Selanne said. “I used to have Guy Lafleur skates.”
Bobby Ryan scored twice and Jonas Hiller made 35 saves for the Ducks.
Corey Perry also scored, and enforcer George Parros netted a rare goal as Anaheim wrapped up a 2-2 road trip.
Loui Eriksson and Brian Sutherby scored for the Stars, who have managed only two goals in two games.
Dallas owned one of the NHL’s most prolific offences with 22 goals in its first six games—the team’s fastest start since the Stars scored 23 times in six games to open the 1996-97 season. Now the scoring has dried up.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 shots for the Stars, who have lost three of four—including the first two of a six-game homestand.
Eriksson’s redirect of Mike Ribeiro’s pass put Dallas in front at 16:06 of the first period, 15 seconds after Anaheim’s Paul Mara went to the penalty box for tripping.
The Stars had been 2 for 25 on the power play in their first seven games, ranking 27th in the league. They finished 1 for 5 with the man advantage against Anaheim.
Penalty killing remains another issue for the Stars. They began the night 29th in the NHL in that category.
“The game came down to special teams,” Stars captain Brenden Morrow said. “They had two goals right when penalties expired. We’ve been on the short end of the special teams battle too many times this year. Those are tough to take. We know what our weaknesses are, penalty kill is one of them. Just when you think you get it done, they tuck one in on you. It’s pretty deflating.”
Ryan’s deflection 28 seconds into the second period tied it at 1, and his one-timer from the left circle gave the Ducks the lead at 10:30.
“It got us started,” Ryan said of his first goal. “It’s a morale boost. You’re sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself, that kind of turns the tide.”
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Ryan was a difference-maker.
“At times he looked like the best player on the ice,” Carlyle said. “He was skating and when he does that, he’s a dynamic player.”
Parros’ breakaway goal at 11:23 stretched Anaheim’s advantage to 3-1. It was his 14th career goal in 298 NHL games, and a rare goal from a popular teammate gave the Ducks a lift on the bench.
Sutherby’s rebound at 6:10 of the third period pulled Dallas within 3-2. but Selanne’s tap-in at 10:11 of the third and Perry’s goal at 15:30 gave the Ducks a three-goal pad.
Notes: Anaheim D Cam Fowler (stiff neck) missed his fourth straight game. … Mara accidentally knocked off Hiller’s mask with his stick after the whistle blew during a second-period penalty kill. Hiller wasn’t hurt. … Dallas began a stretch of seven in 10 games against Pacific Division rivals. … Ducks LW Matt Beleskey was down for a few minutes in the third period after he was knocked into the boards by Stars D Stephane Robidas. Robidas received a five-minute boarding penalty and was ejected. He will be suspended for the next game after being assessed his second game misconduct over a 41-game span, according to NHL rules. Beleskey underwent tests, and the Ducks said he had full movement of his extremities.