Forget the cake and candles. Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan got Kyle Palmieri what he really wanted on his 22nd birthday.
Two goals, tons of scoring chances and the promise of many more on their potent line for the surging Anaheim Ducks.
Palmieri's second goal broke a tie early in the third period, and Ryan's power-play goal with 1:34 left sealed the Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Selanne had three assists, and Ryan added two more in the Ducks' fourth win in six games to start the season. Palmieri produced his second multigoal performance in his 34th career NHL game, and the promising youngster is grateful for the chance to skate with two proven NHL scorers.
''I just have to keep working hard with these guys, and all of these opportunities will come,'' Palmieri said. ''I've just got to keep working hard. Me and Bobby had basically tap-in (goals), and they were all caused by Teemu's passing. That vision he has definitely doesn't stop with goal-scoring.'...