SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks are in full flight in an unlikely playoff push.
Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in the Ducks' 2-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.
Niklas Hagman added an empty-net goal with 14.3 seconds left and the Ducks earned at least a point for the ninth consecutive game. At 60 points, the Ducks are five points behind eighth-place Calgary in the Western Conference.
``It's nice to get to the 60-point plateau because then you can at least see the guys in the distance,' Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. ``We always believed that we're there. We don't really care what anybody else thinks about it. As long as we believe we're there, we're OK.'
Anaheim opened the scoring with 7:47 left in the first period on Selanne's 20th goal of the season. Theodore blocked Bobby Ryan's shot from the left circle, but the 41-year-old Selanne scored off the rebound.
Selanne is the oldest player to score 20 goals in the NHL since Johnny Bucyk did it for Boston in 1976-77. Selanne moved past Brendan Shanahan into sole possession of 12th place on the career goals list with 657. Selanne has 17 20-goal seasons, tying the Finn for fifth on the career list.
``That's almost overwhelming to hear your name in the same group as those guys,' Selanne said. ``It's unbelievable. I could never imagine that I could climb up with those guys and very thankful for that.'
Hiller has three shutouts this season.
``On the road, it's all about winning. It doesn't always have to be pretty,' Hiller said. ``I thought it wasn't our best game tonight. But still we found a way. We're definitely happy with the two points.'
Jose Theodore made 25 saves for Florida. The Panthers lost for the third consecutive game and has only scored three goals in those games.
``I thought tonight we really played hard and had some chances but Hiller made some good saves,' Theodore said. ``Maybe we're holding our sticks a little tight right now.'
The Panthers couldn't produce much offense and failed to get off a single shot during a 4-minute power play in the first period and only one during a power play in the second.
``We need to find ways to score goals right now,' Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. ``We're not creating enough on offense to get us two points at the end of the night.'
NOTES: Florida C Stephen Weiss tied Radek Dvorak for most games played in Panthers franchise history at 613. ... Florida RW Matt Bradley left the game with an upper-body injury in the second period. He didn't return.
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