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Discuss: Ducks’ Selanne scores winner in Game 1

May 1, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

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The first night of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs produced three straight low-scoring hockey games, and it looked like we were headed for three straight scores of 2-1.

The Anaheim Ducks opened up a 1-0 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings in their Western Conference quarter-final, but changed the trend with a 3-1 final score on home ice.

Here are some talking points.

  • He just keeps on going, despite age. Yes, at the not-so-youthful age of 42, Teemu Selanne broke apart a 1-1 tie and scored the winning goal less than two minutes into the third period on the power play. By the way, he turns 43 on July 3.
  • The Ducks held Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg off the score sheet. The two superstars combined for just four shots on goal and were a combined minus-two.
  • Danny DeKeyser was, just over a month ago, a once-highly sought after college free agent who played at Western Michigan University. He is now in the Stanley Cup playoffs as a rookie defenseman with the Detroit Red Wings. He had 19:31 in ice time in his playoff debut.
  • Another interesting stat: The home team is, so far in these playoffs, 3-0.
  1. hockeyes - May 1, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Despite Detroit being one of the greatest teams in hockey history, they are going through a little bit of a funk right now, with losing Nick Lidstrom- maybe having a bit of an identity crisis. They are a solid team, however I think the Ducks are going to beat them. They have very well-rounded players on both offense and defense, and a brick-wall of a goaltending tandem. Also, they have the Finnish Flash, who apparently will remain awesome forever. Automatic advantage.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - May 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    TEEEEEEEMMMUUUU!!! Greatest Jet ever. Living legend. Don’t like the Ducks but I’ll cheer for em for Teemu.

  3. bobaboohee - May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    The 1st night of the NHL playoffs were more exciting than the entire NB lAme season. No scripted matches in the NHL like in the WWE and NBA. The WWE and NBA should just merge already. The NHL is a far superior product to the NBA. I hope ESPN will eventually realize that and stop being a schill for that farce of a league.

  4. modellforprez - May 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    at 42 these guys just show age aint nothing but a number

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