Teemu Selanne keeps hinting about retirement and playing coy each time he is asked, but the Ducks' longtime star also has offered no proof why he should stop playing.

Even as he pushes 41, Selanne still can come up with an awe-inspiring effort, and 14,336 at Honda Center were witnesses Monday night as his hat trick and five-point game rallied the Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Selanne finished his 22nd career hat trick and first since Oct. 29, 2008 with a power-play goal in the third period and his fifth point match a career-best done eight other times. He has 27 goals and 75 points, his most since 2006-07.

"You've got to stop somewhere," Selanne said, brushing aside a retirement question. "We don't go that far yet. You know, I've been feeling great the whole year and obviously I've been able to play with great players all the time.

"It has been fun. That's the only reason why I'm still around."