Helene Elliott: Ducks’ Teemu Selanne finds limelight even amid career twilight
Selanne put the Ducks ahead, 2-1, during a power play at 15:10 of the second period, taking a perfect saucer pass from Nick Bonino and finishing off a two-on-one break by redirecting the puck past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Ducks had to win this game or be within one loss of Selanne’s NHL farewell and another early summer. He and they fought that with every ounce of strength they had.
Instead of using Hiller, who’s 0-5-2 at Staples, Boudreau inserted the rookie Andersen, who battled a fever and cold after getting pulled in favor of Hiller in the Ducks’ series-clinching Game 6 win in Dallas on April 27 but was 2-0 at Staples.
Frederik Andersen got the surprise start in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Kings, then got injured midway through the third period and gave way to Hiller.
Rich Hammond: Ducks Win
“I always joke about how we sell tickets,” said Selanne, whose goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead that they extended to 3-1 with Ben Lovejoy’s third-period goal. “We always make it interesting in our games.”.
Mark Whicker: Ducks are living for the city
Frederik Andersen started in goal, because Jonas Hiller never had won in Staples. But now Hiller has a “save.” Andersen, leading 2-1, went out after he apparently twisted his leg midway through the third period. Hiller, unsteady at first, made a big stop on Slava Voynov to keep the Kings behind.
Jeff Miller: Desperate Ducks perform a Freeway Facelift
We’re not going to second-guess Boudreau’s choice of lifting Hiller in favor of Andersen to start the game, but only because we so completely first-guessed it while sitting in the press box during warmups.
Pierre LeBrun: Ducks raise level of play for must win
Give an assist to the Ducks coach, too. Boudreau’s lineup changes — inserting defenseman Sami Vatanen, winger Kyle Palmieri and making Frederik Andersen the surprise starter in goal — all paid off.
Curtis Zupke: Ducks hang on to edge Kings in Game 3
The Ducks showed that they are back in their first Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings with a 3-2 win on Thursday at Staples Center. Perry recorded his first point of the Western Conference Second Round series and Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal for Anaheim, which pulled to 2-1 in the best-of-7 series by snapping the Kings’ remarkable six-game win streak.”
Corey Masisak: Hiller comes up big again in relief for Ducks
“I looked at the records of both guys at Staples Center and Hiller was 0-7 (actually 0-5-2) in his career here. Freddie was 2-0,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It was like a baseball manager; [I] went with the guy that was comfortable here. And Hiller got the save.”
Corey Masisak: Selanne hasn’t lost his scoring touch
“Every moment. It’s awesome,” Selanne said. “I feel good. I’ve always said the playoffs is the best time for a hockey player. I try to enjoy it. We know everybody has to raise their level.”
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LuckieDuckie8: Game 3 Ducks @ Kings Recap: A Game We Couldn’t Lose
Finally–A good solid win as a result of a good solid game from the Ducks. Firstly, 2 for 2 on the powerplay?! Secondly, the Ducks won those battle along the boards and behind the net. The Kings’ offense of dumping was not as effective because the Ducks made sure to regain possession of those pucks. Third, this game was by far one of the best in that the Ducks defense did not hesitate to clear those loose pucks in front of the net. Though Andersen did let out some fat rebounds, the Ducks did a great job in collapsing, pushing out the Kings players, and clearing the puck.