Ducks’ aging stars shine vs. Blues

Ducks’ aging stars shine vs. Blues

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Anaheim Ducks Francois Beauchemin (L) drives St. Louis Blues Andy McDonald out of the play in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 9, 2013. Anaheim won the game 6-5. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 9:32 PM

(HockeyStL) -- Like a fine wine, the Ducks are finding out that its aging stars are only getting better with age.

Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne entered Saturday as the top two point-getters for the Ducks through the first eleven games with another veteran right on their heels.

Koivu, 38, has posted 13 points (four goals, nine assists) with a plus-eleven rating which is among the league leaders.  It’s his best start to a season since posting eleven points in the 2008-09 season with the Canadiens.  Koivu scored a goal and assisted another Saturday.

Similarly, Selanne, 42, is having his best start since the 2010-11 season after posting ten points in Anaheim’s first ten games this year.  Not bad for the oldest player in the league.

In a 6-5 shootout win over the Blues, the Finnish Flash added another four points to his season’s total, which stands at 14.  Selanne scored in the second period to bring the deficit down to one at the time and assisted three other goals including a go-ahead goal by Koivu.

The Ducks have also received a major contribution from Sheldon Souray, a summer free agent acquisition.  The 36-year-old defenseman is among the league’s best defenseman in scoring with four goals and a plus-ten rating through the eleven games. 

The aging stars are one reason the surprising Ducks sit near the top of the standing of the Western Conference standings.
 

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