Who were they kidding? Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer were never suited for retirement.
Selanne had an assist to become Anaheim's career leading scorer with 670 points and Niedermayer scored in the Ducks' 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.
Anaheim has won six of seven games since Selanne rejoined the team after sitting out the first 56 games to contemplate hanging up his skates - the Ducks were 0-5-1 immediately before his return. He has one goal and three assists this season.
``People love him, and you can see why. He's obviously an exciting player to watch and he's a fun guy. He's got a big smile on his face all the time and it's great to have him around - for the fans and for us,'' Niedermayer said.
The 37-year-old Selanne, in his second stint with Anaheim, already held the club mark for goals with 314. He has 1,139 points overall.
``He really is the face of the franchise,'' Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
l 5, Philadelphia 3; and Minnesota 5, Nashville 4 in overtime.
The 34-year-old Niedermayer, who like Selanne considered retirement and missed the first two months of the season, made it 3-1 with his fourth goal in his 19 games since rejoining the team.
The Ducks trail Dallas, winner of nine of 10, by six points in the Pacific Division.
Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Carter, Chris Pronger and Niedermayer scored in a four-goal second period as the Ducks stormed back from a 1-0 deficit against beleaguered goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Selanne set the team record when he fed Carter for the go-ahead goal at 4:36 of the second. Selanne had been tied with former linemate Paul Kariya.
Kiprusoff, lifted for Curtis Joseph to start the third period, allowed four goals on 26 shots.
Daymond Langkow opened the scoring at 15:10 of the first period with his 24th goal for Calgary, and Wayne Primeau had his second of the season in the final period.
Stars 1, Red Wings 0
Marty Turco made 28 saves for his 32nd career shutout and second victory in 16 tries against visiting Detroit, and Niklas Hagman scored as Dallas handed the Red Wings their season-high sixth straight loss.
Turco improved to 2-9-5 against Detroit.
Hagman scored at 3:13 of the third period, notching his career-best 21st of the season from a sharp angle to the left of Detroit's third-string goaltender Jimmy Howard, who made 30 saves.
ers 3, Sharks 1
Chris Drury scored a power-play goal and added an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for host New York.
Jonathan Cheechoo had the lone goal for the Sharks, who have the fewest road losses in the NHL (17-6-3).
Penguins 4, Sabres 1
At Buffalo, N.Y., Evgeni Malkin had a goal and assist and Ty Conklin stopped 36 shots.
Petr Sykora, with a goal and assist, Jarkko Ruutu and Colby Armstrong also scored in a victory that moved the Penguins into a tie with idle New Jersey atop the Atlantic Division standings.
Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo, which has lost two straight.
Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1
Patrick Lalime stopped 21 shots and defenseman James Wisniewski had two assists for host Chicago, which won its third straight game and is 4-0-1 in its last five.
Martin Havlat and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Blackhawks.
Lalime lost a bid for his first shutout this season when Jaroslav Hlinka scored with 2:25 left in the third.
Blues 5, Blue Jackets 1
Brad Boyes scored his 31st goal to snap a five-game point drought, Eric Brewer had a career-best four assists and the host Blues scored a season-high three power-play goals.
Rick Nash scored his 31st goal - fourth short-handed - for Columbus.
Andy McDonald netted his 100th career goal, defenseman Matt Walker scored his first in 153 career games and rookie David Perron added his 11th for the Blues.
Canadiens 5, Flyers 3
Alex Kovalev had a goal and two assists, and visiting Montreal handed the reeling Flyers their seventh straight loss.
Francis Bouillon scored his first goal in 75 games, and Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu also scored goals for Montreal. Maxim Lapierre added an empty-net goal with 1:24 remaining.
Mike Richards, Braydon Coburn and Riley Cote scored goals for the Flyers. Cote scored his first NHL goal with 18.1 seconds left.
Wild 5, Predators 4, OT
Marian Gaborik scored the winner with 4.4 seconds left in overtime for host Minnesota.
Gaborik beat Predators goalie Chris Mason from the left circle on a 2-on-1 break after taking a cross-ice pass from Pavol Demitra, giving the Wild the win after Nashville tied it with a three-goal third period. Gaborik finished the game with two goals and an assist.
Petteri Nummelin, Mark Parrish and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for Minnesota, which improved to 7-2-1 in its last 10 games.
Martin Erat and Ryan Suter both tallied a goal and assist for Nashville.

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