Corey Perry took advantage of a defensive mistake to score a third-period winner in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 victory over the Jets on Sunday night, while Teemu Selanne got a standing ovation in what could be his last visit to Winnipeg.
Selanne, who is retiring after this season, began his National Hockey League career with Winnipeg in 1992-1993 by setting rookie records of 76 goals and 132 points. The Ducks do not return to Winnipeg unless the teams meet in the playoffs.
“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 did not get to move with the Jets when they relocated.
“I feel like even when I left, they have always been there after, too, so it’s a good feeling,” he said.
Viktor Fasth made 15 saves for Anaheim, who also got goals from Mathieu Perreault and Andrew Cogliano.
Andrew Ladd had a pair of goals for Winnipeg. Blake Wheeler assisted on both in his 375th NHL game and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31 shots.
In other games on Sunday, the Canucks had a 5-4 win over the Flames and the Hurricanes earned their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Flyers.
In Calgary, Canada, Mike Santorelli scored his second goal at 3:17 in overtime to lead Vancouver to a comeback win.
The Canucks scored three straight goals in the third period to lead 4-3, but with Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald on the bench for a sixth attacker, David Jones sent the game into extra-time with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.
Dale Weise, Jannik Hansen and Santorelli scored in the third after the Canucks fell behind 3-1 early in the period.
Canucks backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 32 saves in his first NHL regular-season game and David Booth scored for Vancouver in the first period.
Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan and Calgary captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, while Joey MacDonald stopped 23 shots.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Radek Dvorak scored the winner in the second period.
Jay Harrison also scored, Jeff Skinner added two assists and Anton Khudobin made 17 saves on his Hurricanes debut.
Luke Schenn scored for the Flyers, who have opened the season with three losses for the second year in a row. Before last year, Philadelphia had lost their first three games only one other time in the club’s history.