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Video: Selanne ties Shanahan with 656 career goals – in style

Feb 15, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

We already covered the short-term impact of the Anaheim Ducks’ 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but what about the historical angle? Teemu Selanne scored the game-winner for the 656th goal of his NHL career, tying Brendan Shanahan for 12th all-time in style:

Interestingly enough, Selanne and Jaromir Jagr could jostle for their place in history as the season goes along. Jagr is currently in 11th all-time with 659 (just 31 behind his former teammate Mario Lemieux for ninth overall).

Selanne continues to inch up the points scoring list, too, as he broke his tie with Brett Hull for 21st all-time with point No. 1,392:

19. Jari Kurri: 1,398
20. Luc Robitaille: 1,394
21. Selanne: 1,392
22. Hull: 1,391

The Finnish Flash isn’t likely to make Jagr sweat in that category, however, as the Czech winger is in ninth place with 1,638 points. Surely the most interesting name on that list for Selanne is Kurri, who must have been an inspiration as a fantastic Finnish forward whose greatest years came alongside Wayne Gretzky.

(Feel free to debate the merits of the two Finns in the comments, if that’s your thing.)

  1. blomfeld - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    FLYING FINNS !

    I remember a story from an old friend of mine. Back in 1975 as a 14 year old, he went with his hockey team on a goodwill visit to Scandinavia. They fared rather well throughout the trip, except for one game in Finland which they played on an outdoor rink. They lost something like 19-2 to this particular Finnish team and there was a certain individual who literally skated miles around them while accounting for something like 12 of the 19 goals. Well it turned out that this individual was none other than Jari Kurri ! Selanne has followed in his footsteps well and I suspect that had he been with Gretzky during the 80’s, the Oilers would have accomplished even more than was the case !

  2. vanchuk - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Related: Selanne mysteriously suspended for remainder of season.

  3. gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Gorgeous

  4. abrienza428 - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Too bad he was offside!

    Nasty goal though.

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