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Teemu Selanne night & more NHL stories from Sunday

01/05/2015 12:51 EST | Updated 03/06/2015 05:59 EST
One of hockey's nice guys and all-time great scorers, Teemu Selanne was honoured with the retirement of his jersey before a game between the two teams with whom he established his NHL fame.

That and more in our nightly NHL roundup:

Tingling for Teemu as jersey retired

It was an emotional night for Selanne, as his No. 8 jersey was retired by the Anaheim Ducks before their home game against Winnipeg, where the longtime forward began his career in stunning fashion more than two decades ago.

Accompanied by family, two decades' worth of teammates, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and many of the friends he's made in California's Orange County, where he spends most of his time after his retirement, Selanne had to blink back some tears as he thanked fans for "making this a happy place for us. Thanks for making my life so special."

Known as The Finnish Flash, Selanne spent the majority of his career with the Ducks. His first stint in Anaheim began in 1995 and lasted five-plus seasons. The right-winger then returned to Anaheim in 2005 where he remained for the final nine seasons of his career.

Selanne was part of the 2006-07 team that hoisted the first Stanley Cup in Ducks' history.

Of course, Selanne began his NHL career in memorable fashion with the Jets. He burst onto the scene in 1992-93, tallying 76 goals, which to this day is still a league record for rookies. Then a 22-year-old, Selanne tacked on 56 assists for a whopping 132-point season, a total that held up as the high mark for his career.  

Selanne also recorded his first ever playoff hat trick for Winnipeg that season.

According to NHL.com, Selanne's family and 60 other people  made the journey from Finland for the ceremony, as well as a large group of fans from Winnipeg known as the "Jets Army." 

Selanne jokingly told the site that he won't be shedding any tears because "tough guys don't cry."

Jets' shootout ploy backfires

In their second game in as many nights, the Jets, who ground out a 5-4 shootout victory against Minnesota Saturday after surrendering a 3-0 lead, once again opened with a strong first period against the Ducks, jumping out to a 3-1 advantage.

After Anaheim's Tim Jackman reduced the lead to one in the second period, Andrew Ladd, restored the two-goal edge. Yet once again, the Jets surrendered a pair of third-periods goals, the second at 17:57 (second of the game for the Ducks' Rickard Rakell) and headed to overtime.

Except that this time, Frederik Andersen, wearing his specially designed mask honouring Teemu Selanne, made one more save than Ondrej Pavelec in the Winnipeg goal and the Ducks pocketed two points, while the Jets head home with only one.

5-4 was the final for the Ducks as Finland native Sami Vatanen scored in the sixth round of the shootout.

Oilers can't tame Panthers

With two wins in their last three starts and a six-game winning streak against the Florida Panthers, the Edmonton Oilers were hoping the recent trends would continue. Unfortunately for the home side, the Panthers ran their record to 4-1-0 on their current six-game road swing, with their third consecutive victory, 4-2 over Edmonton.

Brian Campbell broke a 1-1 tie in the second period for the Panthers after Edmonton's Jordan Eberle had off-set a Jimmy Hayes opening period goal. In the third period the Panthers outscored the Oilers 2-1. 

Blackhawks soar over weary Wild

The third game Sunday brought the Minnesota Wild to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. The Wild lost at home Saturday to Nashville despite outshooting the Predators, while the Blackhawks were still stinging from a Friday night 5-2 loss in Edmonton.

Chicago had some great passing to grab a 2-0 first period lead as Marian Hossa, one day shy of his 36th birthday, finished off a three-way passing play, converting a pass from Jonathan Toews, who took a relay from Brandon Saad.

Later in the period Bryan Bickell was left unguarded for a tap-in goal after Patrick Kane eluded all five Wild players in front of Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom before dishing to Bickell.

Brad Richards and Johnny Oduya also tallied in the third period for the Hawks before Matt Cooke spoiled Corey Crawford's shutout with Minnesota's lone goal with less than five minutes left in the game as Chicago earned a 4-1 decision.

The Wild lost their fifth consecutive game. Cooke, who was pummelled by Nashville's Shea Weber Saturday, managed to stick around to score his third goal of the season.

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