Selanne: Cap KillerPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
When Ducks winger Teemu Selanne started his NHL career back in the fall of 1992, Caps center Cody Eakin – who is making his NHL debut tonight – was about 18 months old. Selanne – then of the original Winnipeg Jets – played in his first game against the Caps on Monday, Oct. 26, 1992 in Winnipeg. Bill McCreary was the referee. The Caps jumped out to a 2-0 lead in that one, but fell 6-2 in the end, surrendering four goals in the second and two in the third. For the Jets, it was their 10th game of the season. Selanne scored his ninth goal of the season, and what would prove to be the game-winning goal at 14:41 of the second period, tallying on a Winnipeg power play with help from Eddie Olczyk and Freddy Olausson. Jim Hrivnak manned the crease for the Capitals that night. Several weeks later, the Jets traveled to Washington for their second and final meeting of the season with the Caps. The date was Friday, Dec. 11, 1992. Hrivnak was again in net for the Capitals. The game was the 27th of the campaign for the Jets. Again, the Caps got the jump on the Jets, this time forging an early 3-0 advantage in the game’s first seven minutes. Then, Selanne got started. He scored three times in a span of 9 minutes and 26 seconds from the middle of the first frame to the early portion of the second. By the time he had completed his hat trick – the second of his career and of the five he’d notch that season – the Jets had a 5-3 lead on their way to an 8-6 triumph over the Capitals. Despite the three goals – his 20th, 21st and 22nd of the season – and an assist, Selanne had to settle for No. 2 star status at game’s end. Washington’s Peter Bondra had five assists to earn the No. 1 star designation. Selanne wasn’t done with the Caps. Washington opened the following season in Winnipeg, and he hung another hat trick – his second in three games against the Capitals – on Washington in a 6-4 Jets win. In 23 career games against the Caps, Selanne has 19 goals and 35 assists and is plus-20. Shortly before the Jets dealt Selanne to the Ducks in the mid-1990s, the Caps had a chance to obtain the Finnish Flash. That’s another story for another time.
Today was a busy news day here at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Caps made a few roster moves, and a few lineup adjustments. Here’s what went down. Defenseman Sean Collins was returned to Hershey of the AHL after playing in both games on the Western Canada road trip. Collins had three shots on