Selanne scores twice as Anaheim prepares for playoffs. For the Kings, Saturday afternoon's game marked the end, the conclusion of another disappointing season and perhaps the end for two of their players. For the Ducks, it's only the beginning.
Teemu Selanne scored two goals for the Ducks, who beat the Kings, 4-3, before 18,118 at Staples Center and are headed to the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, to face Dallas.
The playoffs begin Wednesday, with the Ducks attempting to become the first team since Detroit, in 1998, to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The road won't be easy, but at least the Ducks are on the road.
The Kings? They couldn't even win by losing. The Kings finished the season with 71 points, tied with Tampa Bay for fewest in the NHL. However, since the Kings had one more victory than the Lightning, Tampa Bay will have the best chance to land the No. 1 draft pick when the NHL conducts its lottery on Monday.
"Lord knows it's a victory we really need," Kings coach Marc Crawford said of winning the draft lottery. "It would be a nice shot in the arm for the organization. ... I'm going to church (today)."
Whomever the Kings draft, he probably won't be teammates with Scott Thornton or Dan Cloutier.
After the game, Thornton confirmed what has been whispered for weeks, that he's strongly leaning toward retirement after a 17-season career, the last two of which were spent with the Kings.
"It's not 100 percent," Thornton said about his decision to retire, "but it's probably as close as you can get to it."
Cloutier has one year, and $3.1 million, remaining on his contract, but team sources have indicated that Cloutier is not in the team's plans for next season and that his contract is likely to be bought out.
The relationship turned rocky this season when Cloutier publicly trashed the Kings organization for the way it handled his medical treatment, playing time and living situation, accusations the Kings refuted.
Things were far sunnier down the hall, where the Ducks reached the 100-point plateau for the second time in history . The Ducks, who had 110 points last season, close the regular season tonight against Phoenix.