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Selanne in Pittsburgh - 11-17-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne, who is playing in what is expected to be his final NHL season, will play his presumed final game in Pittsburgh tomorrow when the Ducks and Penguins face off at Consol Energy Center, 7:30 p.m.

Primarily due to the fact he has played his entire career in the Western Conference, Selanne's visits to Pittsburgh have been few and far between. Over the course of 22 seasons, the Finnish Flash has only played in 11 games in Pittsburgh.

Despite wearing multiple jerseys and facing all types of Penguins teams of varying skill levels, Selanne has managed to record at least a point in every one of those visits.

Here are reviews of Selanne's 11 games in Pittsburgh:

Date: Dec. 8, 1992
Score: Penguins 5, Jets 2
Selanne's stats: 1 goal, 1 assist
What happened: The Penguins got goals from centers Ron Francis, Mario Lemieux, right wingers Jaromir Jagr, Rick Tocchet and left winger Kevin Stevens in a win at the Civic Arena. Goaltender Ken Wregget made 32 saves in the victory. Selanne, then a rookie in his only visit to Pittsburgh as a member of the original Jets franchise, had the primary assist on a goal by left winger Darrin Shannon in the second period and scored his 19th goal of the season on a breakaway in the same period.
Also in the news that day: Mobbed by members of the  media, United States troops stormed the beaches of Somalia near the city of Mogadishu in the first wave of Operation Restore Hope.

Date: Dec. 7, 1996
Score: Penguins 5, Mighty Ducks 3
Selanne's stats: 1 goal
What happened: Nearly four years passed until Selanne's second visit to the Civic Arena, this time with the Mighty Ducks. Selanne took a pass from center Steve Rucchin and pumped a one-timer from the left circle in the first period to score Anaheim's first goal. The Penguins got goals from centers Stu Barnes, Lemieux, right wingers Jagr, Glen Murray and former Mighty Ducks left winger Alex Hicks. Former Penguins defenseman Dmitri Mironov scored Anaheim's other two goals. Rookie goaltender Patrick Lalime made his NHL start and recorded 30 saves in the victory. The win would be the start of an NHL record for longest unbeaten streak to start a career for goaltenders as Lalime went 16 games (14-0-2) before finally suffering a loss.
Also in the news that day: Forward Kevin Price scored 21 points for Duquesne which was beaten by by Florida, 95-85, at the Palumbo Center.

Date: Dec. 6, 1997
Score: Penguins 5, Ducks 2
Selanne's stats: 1 goal, 1 assist
What happened: Nearly a year later at the Civic Arena, Selanne opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period. The Penguins' responded goals by defensemen Jiri Slegr, left winger Andreas Johansson,  Francis and Jagr. Selanne recorded the primary assist to set up a short-handed goal by former Penguins right winger Tomas Sandstrom to make it a 4-2 game in the second period but a second goal by Jagr in the third period secured the Penguins win. Rookie goaltender Petr Skruda made 25 saves to record his first career win.
Also in the news that day: Guard Vonteego Cummings scored 27 points for Pitt in a 73-69 loss to Notre Dame at the Fitzgerald Field House.

Date: Dec. 1, 1998
Score: Mighty Ducks, 4, Penguins 4
Selanne's stats: 4 assists
What happened: Selanne failed to score a goal for the first time in his career at the Civic Arena but tied a career high with four assists in his first non-loss at Pittsburgh. The Penguins got two goals from  Jagr in addition to scores from defenseman Kevin Hatcher and center Martin Straka. Goaltender Tom Barrasso made 31 saves for the Penguins.
Also in the news that day: Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy placed blame on Philadelphia lawmakers, specifically Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, for failing to support state legislation which would enable funding for new baseball and football stadiums in Pittsburgh. Murphy said the city was in "grave danger" of losing the Pirates and Steelers to relocation.

Date: Jan. 29, 2000
Score: Mighty Ducks. 7, Penguins 1
Selanne's stats: 1 goal, 2 assists
What happened: Selanne's first trip to Pittsburgh in the new millennium also saw him get his first win within the confines of the now named Mellon Arena. Selanne opened the scoring with a wrister from the slot during the first period. He also recorded assists on goals by left winger Paul Kariya in the first and third periods. Straka scored the Penguins' only goal while rookie goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 16 saves in the loss.
Also in the news that day: Steelers owner Dan Rooney was selected for induction into the Pro Football of Fame's class of 2000. He would be joined by former 49ers/Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana, a native of New Eagle, Pa. former Raiders defensive lineman Howie Long, former 49ers/Jets/Raiders saftey Ronnie Lott and former 49ers linebacker Dave Wilcox.

Date: Jan. 15, 2001
Score: Penguins, 3, Mighty Ducks 2
Selanne's stats: 2 assists.
What happened: While Lemieux was held without a point for the first time in his comeback from retirement, the Penguins got two goals from right winger Alexei Kovlev and one score from defenseman Hans Jonsson to edge the Mighty Ducks. Selanne recorded the primary assists on goals by center Tony Hrkac. Aubin made 23 saves in the victory. Stevens appeared in his first game for the Penguins since 1995 after being re-acquired in a trade from the Flyers a day prior.
Also in the news that day: Former Penguins goaltender Ron Tugnutt made 31 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 3-0 shutout of the Wild. It was the first meeting between the NHL's two expansion teams.

Date: Jan. 30, 2002
Score: Sharks 6, Penguins 3
Selanne's stats: 1 goal, 1 assist
What happened: In his first visit to Pittsburgh as a member of the Sharks, Selanne recorded the secondary assist on left winger Alex Korolyuk's eventual game-winning goal in the second period. Selanne added an insurance goal in the third period. Kovalev scored two goals for the Penguins while right winger Aleksey Morozov added a score. Former Sharks goaltending prospect Johan Hedberg made 17 saves in the defeat.
Also in the news that day: The Pirates signed former Reds Gold Glove second baseman Calvin "Pokey" Reese to a two-year contract worth $10 million.

Date: Jan. 23, 2002
Score: Penguins 4, Sharks 1
Selanne's stats: 1 goal
What happened: Selanne accounted for the team's only offense with a goal against Aubin in the third period. The Penguins got two goals from Straka. Lemieux and defenseman Marc Bergevin added goals as well while Aubin made 24 saves. The Penguins beat the Sharks for the first time since Oct. 22, 1997.
Also in the news that day: Running back Larry Johnson ran for 279 yards and four touchdowns for Penn State which routed Michigan State, 61-7, at Beaver Stadium in State College. Johnson finished his regular season with 2,015 rushing yards and became the ninth player in Division I-A history to break the 2,000-rushing yard barrier.

Date: Jan. 24, 2004
Score: Avalanche 5, Penguins 3
Selanne's stats: 1 goal
What happened: In his only trip to Pittsburgh with the Avalanche, Selanne helped the team improve to 10-1-1-1 in January. Selanne scored the Avalanche's third goal in the second period. Penguins rookie defenseman Brooks Orpik scored his first career goal. The Penguins also got goals from centers Tomas Surovy and Milan Kraft. Rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in the defeat for the Penguins who lost their sixth consecutive game.
Also in the news that day: Forward Mark McCarroll and center Chris Taft each had 15 points for Pitt which defeated Syracuse, 66-45, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Date: Nov. 16, 2009
Score: Penguins 5, Ducks 2
Selanne's stats: 1 goal
What happened: In his final trip to the Mellon Arena, Selanne scored his 10th goal of the season in the third period with a slap shot from the left circle. The Penguins got two goals from left winger Matt Cooke while right winger Bill Guerin, center Jordan Staal and defenseman Martin Skoula each added a score. Fleury made 23 saves for the Penguins.
Also in the news that day: Guard Tim Frazier scored 19 points for Penn State which defeated Robert Morris, 80-61, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College.

Date: Feb. 14, 2012
Score: Ducks 2, Penguins 1
Selanne's stats: 1 goal
What happened: Selanne's first visit to Consol Energy Center saw him score the eventual game-winning goal. Taking a pass in the left circle, he flipped a backhander by the blocker of Fleury on the near side. It was the Ducks' first win in Pittsburgh since 2001. Staal scored the Penguins' lone goal while Fleury made 27 saves.
Also in the news that day: Forward B.J. Montiero scored 30 points for Duquesne which defeated Fordham, 78-67 at the Palumbo Center.

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