Selanne to Miss Final Two Games
Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks tested his injured groin, skating for 10 minutes Friday before heading to the dressing room.
“I’m done now,” said Selanne, who was injured last week against San Jose. “I tried to skate, but it didn’t work. All week, I’ve dreamed about playing these last two games. I still thought I had some energy left. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s frustrating.”
So ends perhaps Selanne’s finest all-around season in the NHL. He will not play today against the Kings at the Great Western Forum nor Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.
He is hoping his 52 goals are enough to win his first outright goal-scoring title. Philadelphia’s John LeClair scored his 51st in a 7-3 victory Thursday over the Florida Panthers. The Flyers have two games remaining.
Selanne is also hoping that hockey writers buck tradition and vote for him for most valuable player despite the Ducks’ failure to make the playoffs. Andy Bathgate of the 1958-59 New York Rangers was the last player to be named MVP without leading his team to the playoffs.