The sold out crowd of 15,004 fans showed their love for Teemu Selanne by chanting “Teemu” well before the puck dropped. That energy did not fade for the rest of the game. Every time that Selanne skated his shift or touched the puck, the crowd chanted his name and cheered. Winnipeg paid tribute to Selanne mid way through the first period with a video of Selanne’s days in Winnipeg. Selanne would finish the night with 2 points coming by way of assists.
It did not take long for Winnipeg to get on the board. At the 4:54 mark of the first period Kyle Wellwood was able to wrist one by Ellis. Winnipeg would extend it’s lead less than 2 minutes later when Blake Wheeler was able to score on a backhand at 6:19. Niklas Hagman had a tip in at 14:34 of the first, followed by Corey Perry scoring on a snap shot with just over a minute to play in the first.
Breaking the 2-2 tie would be Alexander Burmistrov in less than a minute into Period 2. The 2nd period was otherwise quiet other than the crowd cheering and a light scrum between George Parros and Mark Stuart. Winnipeg would extend their 3-2 lead to 4-2 when Andrew Ladd was able to score on a PP at the 18:20 mark.
Zach Bogosian would earn his third point of the night on a slap shot 2:49 into the 3rd period. Winnipeg was able to kill off three penalties to withstand the Duck pressure. Anaheim would score midway through the 3rd, but would not be able to capitalize on their power play chances. Chris Mason was able to stop 34-36 shots on the night and earn his fourth victory of the season.
Winnipeg will get a day off before skating on Monday. Winnipeg returns to action Tuesday night at 7:30 to take on the New York Islanders. As always, Fly High!