It is a rare instance when Teemu Selanne doesn't see much ice time during a pivotal part of a game, but that was just the case Tuesday when he saw only 2-12 minutes of action in the third period of the Ducks' win over Minnesota.
Selanne played a season-low 13 minutes, 27 seconds and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said it was his call to sit him while the Ducks came back against the Wild, saying "it just looked like it wasn't his night."
Just 24 hours later, the 41-year-old winger responded by scoring his 656th career goal to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1, to give the Ducks their 14th victory in the last 19 games and close them within six points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The goal tied Selanne with Brendan Shanahan for 12th place on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list. It also put him into 21st place with 1,392 points, passing Brett Hull.
"That's why we rested him a little bit yesterday, so he had that energy to do that...