NHL Morning Skate – Oct. 7, 2013 Laviolette out, Selanne says farewell

NEW YORK – Three games on Sunday featured a loss by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Carolina Hurricanes. The loss was the third of the season for Philly and it cost the job of head coach Peter Laviolette. Unwilling to wait for success the management in Philadelphia made the difficult decision to replace him with assistant head coach Craig Berube.

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Elsewhere Sunday, Teemu Selanne made an emotional visit to Winnipeg with the Anaheim Ducks. Selanne started his stellar career in Manitoba and the fans gave the ovation due. The Ducks took a 3-2 win over the Jets.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Carolina 2, Philadelphia 1
Anaheim 3, Winnipeg 2
Vancouver 5, Calgary 4 (OT)

SELANNE BIDS FAREWELL

Teemu Selanne picked up a win in his final regular-season visit to Winnipeg, the city where he began his NHL career, logging 17:23 of ice-time and four shots on goal. The all-time scoring leader among Finnish-born players (675-755—1,430) tallied an NHL-record 76 goals in his rookie campaign with the original incarnation of the Jets in 1992-93, earning him the Calder Memorial Trophy. Selanne spent most of the first four seasons of his NHL career in Winnipeg before being traded to Anaheim in February 1996.

Jets fans showed their appreciation for the “Finnish Flash” with a standing ovation before he gave them one final salute upon being named the first star of the game.

FINNISH ELITE

Three of the top four all-time Finnish-born scorers took the ice when the Ducks visited the Jets:

1. Teemu Selanne (Anaheim) 675-755—1,430 in 1,389 games

2. Jari Kurri (Retired): 601-797—1,398 in 1,251 games

3. Saku Koivu (Anaheim): 245-560—805 in 1,062 games

4. Olli Jokinen (Winnipeg): 300-399—699 in 1,090 games

CANUCKS OUTLAST FLAMES

Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the Canucks netted three goals in an 11:05 span to take a late lead before David Jones scored with 19 seconds remaining to force overtime. Mike Santorelli, who signed with Vancouver this offseason, tallied his second of the game 3:17 into the extra frame to give the Canucks their second victory in as many nights.

The game was Calgary’s first at home since floodwaters ravaged Southern Alberta in June and breached the doors of Scotiabank Saddledome, filling the arena with 30 million gallons of water that submerged the event level and first eight rows of seating.

GOALIES RECORD FIRST WINS

Canucks netminder Eddie Lack made 32 saves to pick up his first career win in his NHL debut. The 25-year-old Swede signed with Vancouver as a free agent in April 2010.

Anton Khudobin allowed only one goal in earning a victory in his debut with the Hurricanes, his third NHL stop. The Kazakhstan native has found early success with all three of his NHL clubs, posting a win while allowing no more than one goal in each debut (also Minnesota in 2009-10 and Boston in 2011-12).

Khudobin also became just the third goaltender in the last 10 seasons to record a victory in his first game with the Hurricanes, joining Michael Leighton (2007-08) and Justin Peters (2009-10).

PERFECT STORM

Radek Dvorak’s second goal in as many games proved to be the winner for the Hurricanes. The 36-year-old Dvorak, who signed with Carolina on Oct. 2 after attending training camp on a PTO, is the first newcomer in Hurricanes/Whalers history to score in each of the team’s first two games of a season. Radim Vrbata (March 12-13, 2003) was the last Hurricanes player to score in each of his first two games with the club at any point in a season.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME

Corey Perry capitalized on a Zach Bogosian turnover to score his first goal of the season and what proved to be the game-winner in Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over Winnipeg. Perry has an NHL-high 23 game-winning goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, one more than Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.

FEELING THE LOVE

The Hurricanes snapped a four-game losing streak to the Flyers, picking up their first head-to-head win since Nov. 21, 2011, and just their third victory in their last 18 meetings (3-11-4). The Flyers have posted a 74-27-18 all-time record versus the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise, their second-highest points percentage (.697) against any NHL club (.716 vs. Jets/Thrashers franchise).

LOOSE PUCKS

Newly-appointed captain Mark Giordano scored his first goal of the season and now has 1-3—4 in Calgary’s first three games, the best start of his eight-year NHL career . . . Andrew Ladd scored both goals for Winnipeg; he ranked second on the team with 18 goals last season . . . Canucks forward David Booth recorded his 200th NHL point with a first-period goal . . . The Flyers have lost their opening three games for the second time in as many seasons and the fourth time in team history (also 1989-90 and 1994-95).

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
New Jersey @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., MSG Plus, SNET-W
NY Rangers @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., MSG, FS-W

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