ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf broke a tie with Teemu Selanne for Anaheim’s career points record, assisting on Troy Terry‘s third-period goal in the Ducks‘ 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.
Getzlaf set up Terry’s power-play goal midway through the third with a tip pass near center ice to help the Ducks end a six-game winless streak.
The 36-year-old Getzlaf has 989 points in 1,111 games, all with the Ducks, on 279 goals and 710 assists. Selanne had 457 goals and 531 assists in 966 games with Anaheim.
“I can’t tell you how much that means to me to be able to be in front of our fans, our ownership, my family, to be here in our building to accomplish that,” Getzlaf said. “That was a great thing for me.”
That he passed the franchise record of his former teammate and mentor made it mean that much more.
“Listen, I’m not here to take Teemu’s spot; Teemu did more for Southern California hockey than anyone, I think,” Getzlaf said. “I am honored to be part of that and be that with him. There’s no taking over what he did, that’s for sure. Teemu was the face of everything, and Teemu has an ability to embrace that.”
Adam Henrique, Vinni Lettieri and Sam Carrick also had power-play goals for Anaheim, and John Gibson made 16 saves. The Ducks won for the first time since Oct. 18 at Calgary and for the first time at home since topping Winnipeg on opening night.
The Canadiens tied it 33 seconds later on their own power play. The Ducks regained the lead with 7:13 left in the period on Lettieri’s first goal of the season. Anaheim had the man advantage after Cedric Paquette was given a major penalty for boarding Trevor Zegras.
After Terry’s goal midway through the third period, Carrick added an empty-netter with 1:10 to play.
“I forgot that I even scored it. It was so cool for me,” Terry said. “As soon as it happened, just to jump into his arms like that, it was a special moment. Selfishly, it was probably one of the coolest moments of my hockey career and something that I’ll remember forever.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.