That dreaded trip to the dentist's office turned out to be less unpleasant than anticipated for Teemu Selanne, who flashed new pearly whites Tuesday and declared he's "ready to go" for Wednesday night's Ducks' game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Selanne, 43, was struck on Oct. 29 with a high stick from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, and was originally declared out for two weeks and in need of oral surgery after needing 40 stitches to close his wounds.
Selanne said the four front upper teeth knocked out by Schenn were "fake ones," replacements for originals he had previously lost. There was no need for oral surgery, just some cement applied to insert a new four-tooth bridge in his mouth.
Selanne practiced Tuesday with the Ducks at Honda Center, where they returned after a 5-2-1 showing on a 15-day road trip.
"I was lucky in many ways, it could've been way, way worse," said Selanne, who has had all the stitches removed. "The mouthguard saved me. It was just a half hour ...