WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Winnipeg fans found plenty to cheer about Sunday night even though the Jets were on the losing end of their game against the Ducks.
Anaheim Teemu Selanne was making what could be his last visit to Winnipeg on Sunday night, when the Ducks won 3-2 and Jets fans voiced their appreciation for the man who began his NHL career with Winnipeg in 1992-93 by setting rookie records of 76 goals and 132 points.
The crowd gave a roaring cheer during the singing of the American national anthem when the video board showed the 43-year-old Finnish Flash. And Selanne received a standing ovation midway through the first period when the announcer at MTS Centre noted his storied career, which Selanne has said will end after this season.
He stood up from the bench and acknowledged the cheering with a wave of his glove.
"Some ways, you felt that I was on the home team," Selanne said with a laugh.
After playing 231 games in a Jets' uniform, Selanne was traded to Anaheim in February 1996 and didn't get to move with the Jets when they relocated to Phoenix and became the Coyotes at the end of that season.
"I feel like even when I left, they have always been there after, too, so it's a good feeling," he said.
Anaheim doesn't play in Winnipeg again this season unless the teams meet in the playoffs.
Corey Perry was the on-ice hero for Anaheim when he capitalized on a Winnipeg mistake to score the winning goal.
Jets defensemen Zach Bogosian had raced down the ice to grab a loose puck behind the net, but when he turned to clear it up the ice, he fanned on the shot and the puck went to Perry in front of the net.
The Ducks winger quickly put a high shot above goalie Ondrej Pavelec at 14:29 to the groan of Jets fans.
"If I didn't score that one, there'd be something going on," Perry said. "I wouldn't tell you what would happen, but it wouldn't have been pretty.
"It was a gift and those are the ones you have to capitalize on, especially right in front of the net with nobody around you."
Viktor Fasth made 15 saves for Anaheim, which also got goals from Mathieu Perreault and Andrew Cogliano in concluding a season-opening, three-game road trip.