For the portion of the 14,336 announced fans at Honda Center who lost their hats Monday night, watching Teemu Selanne make history never gets old.
Neither, apparently, does Selanne.
The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer recorded his 22 nd career hat trick as part of a five-point game, having a hand in every goal in a 5-4 Ducks win over the Colorado Avalanche.
"He's a legend of the game," Ducks rookie defenseman Cam Fowler said. "I get to come to the rink and laugh with him, suit up with him every day. Sometimes I just watch in awe at what he's able to do."
Three goals and two assists at age 40? Fowler wasn't the only one in awe.
Among the milestones Selanne achieved Monday:
The first three-goal, five-or-more point game by a player 40 or older.
The ninth five-point game of his 18-year career.
The second penalty-shot goal of his career and first since March 9, 1993.
The 700 th and 701 st assists of his career.
Moving into a tie with Mike Gartner for 29 th place on the all-time points list (1,335).
The 235 th power-play goal of his career, giving him sole possession of seventh place.
Selanne's effort Monday showed that, as long as he's healthy, he has no practical reason to retire. The best reason he could come up with after the game: "You've got to stop somewhere, right?"
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