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Ducks' Jonas Hiller gives up two goals in 19 seconds and is pulled

Jonas-hiller_300 The joy did not last long for the Ducks' Jonas Hiller against the Predators in Nashville on Thursday night. Eleven minutes 39 seconds, to be exact.

The All-Star goaltender, in his first game back after sitting out 15 games because of vertigo symptoms, gave up a goal 2:04 into the game and then, about nine minutes later, gave up two more goals in a span of 19 seconds. He faced a total of nine shots.

At that point, Coach Randy Carlyle pulled the Swiss star, who had hoped he'd be ready even though it's hard to duplicate game-time situations in practice.  Hiller went directly to the dressing room amid pats on the back from teammates. Dan Ellis took over in goal.

Meanwhile, Nashville's Pekka Rinne has been brilliant in net, making several spectacular saves on shots from the red-hot Teemu Selanne. But the Ducks' Corey Perry managed to collect his 41st goal of the season. The score at the end of the first period: 3-1.

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-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Jonas Hiller in goal for the Ducks before he began suffering from vertigo symptoms. Credit: Graham Hughes / Associated Press

Ducks' Teemu Selanne makes NHL history

 Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne is the first player in NHL history to score four game-tying goals in the last three minutes of regulation in one season.

Selanne, 40, has scored all four of the tying goals over the last 18 games, including in each of the Ducks' last two contests. Anaheim won all four games in overtime.

Below is a tally:

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Elias Sports Bureau contributed to this report.

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NHL All-Star voting ends with Sidney Crosby at the top

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After more than 14.3 million votes were tallied, Sidney Crosby and three of his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates are among the first six players (three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender) selected for the NHL All-Star game on Jan. 30.

Crosby, who leads the league in scoring, collected the most votes of anyone: 635,509. Joining him are
Penguins' forward Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Rounding out the first six are forward Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

The remaining 36 All-stars will be selected by the NHL next week. Under a new format, the 42 selected players will cast their own votes to decide the captains and alternate captains of the two teams.

The appointed team leaders will then choose their own teams in a televised draft.

Though Crosby was the top vote-getter, Letang, a write-in candidate, was next highest with 477,960 votes.

Of the Ducks and Kings? Not enough votes to get in the top six.

For the Kings, the forward with the most votes was Anze Kopitar at 64,142; for the Ducks, it was Teemu Selanne at 43,873. The top Kings defenseman in terms of votes was Drew Doughty at 166, 489. For the Ducks, it was Cam Fowler, a write-in candidate, at 14,160. Also noteworthy: Kings defenseman Jack Johnson, also a write-in candidate, collected 22,641 votes.

Among goalies, Fleury had 426,305 votes. The Kings' Jonathan Quick came in ninth with 80,084, and the Ducks' superb net-minder Jonas Hiller deserved more than the 15,681 he received. He has had to face 1,159 shots against (more than any other goalie by far) yet still has 19 wins (tied for second in the league) and a 2.54 goal-against average (16th) and a remarkable .925 save percentage (fourth in the league).

Click here for the full lists of the final vote count: forwards and defensemen and goalies.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Sidney Crosby. Credit:  Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press.

No Selanne, no Koivu for Ducks

The Ducks are minus 836 NHL goals Sunday against Minnesota at the Honda Center.

Teemu Selanne, with 616 goals to his credit, is sitting out for the seventh time in 11 games because of a strained groin muscle.  Saku Koivu, with 220 career goals, has a flu-like illness.

With the two assistant captains out, the "A" was added to Todd Marchant's and Corey Perry's jerseys.

-- Robyn Norwood

 

Drew Doughty, Teemu Selanne lead the local teams in NHL All-Star voting

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The overall vote leader in the NHL's All-Star balloting is no surprise: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (pictured above). After two weeks of online voting, he now has 218,791 votes. 

The nicest surprise? The guy who jumped up to second place while no one was looking. That would be Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, whose 145,726 votes are the most among write-in candidates. That's right. Write-in. Price has been outstanding in goal so far this season.

Tampa Bay's scoring machine Steven Stamkos is third with 141,818 votes.  More than 6 million votes have been cast through last weekend.

But what about the Kings and Ducks?

Teemu Selanne is doing the best among Ducks with 25,545 votes. Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry aren't far behind him, though. Noteworthy write-in totals: goaltender Jonas Hiller has 9,791, Lubomir Visnovsky 7,137 and Cam Fowler 6,938.

The Kings?

Drew Doughty is leading the way with 94,606. Anze Kopitar has 31,923, while the very deserving Ryan Smith has 16,465. Noteworthy is team scoring leader Justin Williams as a write-in candidate with 8,486. Jonathan Quick comes in ninth among goaltenders with 40,140, while defenseman Jack Johnson has 12,871 write-in votes.

But it really makes you wonder what is going on when former Kings player Sean Avery (he currently ranks third in the league for penalty minutes) of the New York Rangers has 38,551 write-in votes. Even as a joke, this isn't funny.

Through Jan. 3, NHL fans will be able to select up to six players by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender -– without regard to the conference in which their teams play.

As part of a new format for the 2011 All-Star game, the three forwards, two defensemen and goalie with the most votes will be named first NHL All-Stars. Want to vote? Click here. Meanwhile, here are

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Ducks' Teemu Selanne slowed by groin injury

The injury that kept the Ducks' Teemu Selanne out of much of the third period in a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Friday at the Honda Center was a "sore groin," Coach Randy Carlyle said.

Selanne's return was announced as questionable, but he did not re-enter the game.

Though groin injuries can be troublesome, the update probably inspired a sigh of relief a season after Selanne, now the 15th-leading goal-scorer in NHL history, missed parts of last season with a broken jaw and broken hand.

-- Robyn Norwood

4 Ducks, 4 Kings make NHL All-Star ballot

The NHL released the All-Star ballot Friday, and the steady Kings and the newly surging Ducks each placed four names on the 100-name list.

For the 11-3-0 Kings, goaltender Jonathan Quick, forwards Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar and defenseman Drew Doughty made the ballot, while the high-scoring "core four" forwards from the Ducks made it -- Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have a league-high six players on the ballot: defensemen Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook plus forwards Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane.

Twenty-year-old center Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is making his first appearance on the ballot. He currently leads the league in goals and points this season, and his 51 goals last season tied him with Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby for the goal-scoring title.

Crosby also made the ballot. Here is a full list.

Voting, which begins Monday and runs through Jan. 3, will be entirely online -- including for the first time through Facebook (facebook.com/NHL) -- and through mobile devices. Fans can select up to six players by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender –- without regard to the conference in which their teams play.

The three forwards, two defensemen and goalie with the most votes will be named first NHL All-Stars.

Oh, and fans will also have the ability to write in a player of their choice. Anyone for Ducks rookie defenseman Cam Fowler or forward Saku Koivu or Kings forward Justin Williams or defenseman Jack Johnson?

After the fans select the top six, the remaining 36 All-Stars will be named by the NHL from the list and write-in votes for a total of 42 All-Stars (three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards per team). In addition, 12 NHL rookies will be chosen by the NHL to participate in a skills contest for a total of 54 participants.

After the 42 have been selected, two captains will be chosen per team by the players. Then a draft will be held with all 54 during which the captains will draft the remaining members of their respective teams.

The All-Star game will be Sunday, Jan. 30, at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

-- Debbie Goffa

 

 

 

Anaheim Ducks find top score in bowling is far from perfect

Teemu Bowling1 You often read about team-building or team-bonding in sports as a way to relieve the pressure of a grueling season.

In the NHL, the prevailing theory among some coaches is that the more that players participate in team activities off the ice, the more they play as a team on the ice.

Whether true or not, it is fun to see the likes of Teemu Selanne bowling. That is what he and his Ducks teammates did on Monday afternoon, skipping practice for a team-bonding bowling session in San Jose, where on Tuesday night they will take on the Sharks.

There is no question Selanne is a terrific athlete (he also plays tennis) but maybe he doesn't get the chance to bowl very often because he did not get the top single-game score.

We're told that Todd Marchant took the top score, bowling a 204, while Ryan Getzlaf, George Parros and Kyle Palmieri took the team title.

And yes, with a 204 as the winning single-game score (far from a perfect score of 300) it's clear none of the guys bowl a lot. No word yet, however, on what Teemu's score was.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Teemu Selanne aims for a strike during the team-bonding event. Credit: Lauren O'Gorman / Anaheim Ducks

Kings' Ryan Smyth, Ducks' Teemu Selanne reaching milestones

Ryansmyth_200 Kings left wing Ryan Smyth (pictured at right) is scheduled to play in his 1,000th NHL game Saturday, when the Kings face the Nashville Predators at Staples Center. He will become the 257th player in league history to play in 1,000 games. Here's a link to a column I did earlier this week, and on Saturday and Sunday I'll have more comments from Smyth and people who know him.

Smyth, 34, will be honored by the Kings and the NHL in a ceremony before their home game against Dallas next Thursday. He's no millstone as he reaches this milestone: he has eight points in 12 games this season -- including the setup on Justin Williams' goal in the Kings' 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday -- and 335 goals and 721 points in his career. 

He will become the 17th player to reach this milestone in a Kings uniform. His predecessors, alphabetically, are Ralph Backstrom, Rob Blake, Doug Bodger, Kelly Buchberger, Russ Courtnall, Marcel Dionne, Ray Ferraro, Garry Galley, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Bob Nevin, Sean O’Donnell, Bob Pulford, Luc Robitaille, Dave Taylor and Garry Unger.

Teemuselanne_200 Meanwhile, Friday night in Anaheim, Teemu Selanne (pictured at left) is scheduled to appear in his 1,200th career NHL game, becoming the 87th NHL player and 10th European-born player to reach that number.

The 40-year-old (but seemingly ageless) Finn will join Nicklas Lidstrom (1,422), Teppo Numminen (1,372), Mats Sundin (1,346), Bobby Holik (1,314), Jaromir Jagr (1,273), Jari Kurri (1,251), Sergei Fedorov (1,248), Roman Hamrlik (1,242) and Alexei Kovalev (1,241). He also will become the seventh active player to appear in 1,200 NHL games.

Congratulations to both for their longevity and sustained excellence.

More on the Ducks' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at www.latimes.com/sports.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images and Mike Blake / Reuters

Cam Fowler finds home with Ducks, Scott Niedermayer

Fowler_400 Defenseman Cam Fowler will stay with the Ducks the rest of this season instead of being returned to his junior team, a club spokesman said Tuesday.

Fowler, 18, has been a standout for the Ducks, who next face Tampa Bay on Wednesday at the Honda Center. He hasn’t played since he suffered a broken nose and stiff neck as the result of a hit into the boards on Oct. 17, but in the six games he played he showed an enormous amount of skill, hockey sense and maturity. He averaged 20 minutes, five seconds’ ice time per game and had a goal and three points.

By the way, he has moved in with retired Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and the Niedermayer clan…and why not? Living with an older teammate worked wonders for a kid named Sidney Crosby. Niedermayer, who has been doing some scouting for the Ducks and works with their prospects, and his wife, Lisa, have four sons. What's one more kid at the dinner table?

Ducks winger Teemu Selanne’s nonprofit foundation, the Teemu Selanne Youth Sports Foundation, will hold two fundraisers this month to advance its goal of providing financial, educational and inspirational opportunities for children and their families through sports programs.

The first event will be at the Montage Laguna Beach on Nov. 20. The festivities will include presenting an award to Luc Robitaille, the Kings’ president of business operations, for his work in helping youth sports, and a poker tournament hosted by Annie Duke.

Two days later the foundation will hold a celebrity golf tournament at the Coto de Caza Golf Course. For more information, check out www.TSysf.org.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Cam Fowler. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images

Ducks after two periods: Ducks 2, Canucks 2

The Ducks pulled even at 2-2 in the second period thanks only to a five-on-three advantage

With Keith Ballard serving a penalty for holding Jason Blake behind the Vancouver net and Kevin Bieksa banished 20 seconds later for slashing Corey Perry’s stick, the Ducks overpassed the puck for a while before Teemu Selanne took a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and ripped a shot over Roberto Luongo’s shoulder from the left circle.

The goal, Selanne’s first this season, was scored at 15:09.

The Canucks outshot the Ducks, 11-5, in the period for a 27-18 edge in shots through two periods. Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller was sharp and his solid play was the only reason the Canucks weren’t ahead by five or six goals.

More later at www.latimes.com/sports

Helene Elliott
 

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