Ducks' Selanne likely out weeks

Updated: January 14, 2010, 6:26 PM ET
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Teemu Selanne gets all the breaks ... the bad kind.

Selanne
Selanne

Playing his third game after missing the previous 17 because of a broken hand, the Ducks forward broke his jaw on a freak play in the third period of Anaheim's 4-3 win over the Bruins on Wednesday.

He was injured when teammate Ryan Whitney took a slap shot from the left point that deflected off the stick of Boston's Miroslav Satan and bounced up into his face. Selanne went to the dressing room with 8:29 remaining and did not return.

"We'll have to see if it can be surgically repaired [Thursday] and what kind of time frame they're going to give us," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It's a tough loss, especially the way it happened. That's unfortunate for Teemu. We know how much he loves to play the game. It's unfortunate for him and unfortunate for us. We were just starting to get some bodies back in our lineup and get our likes settled, but that's just the way it goes. Injuries are part of it."

Selanne, a 10-time All-Star and three-time NHL goal-scoring champion, is expected to be sidelined anywhere from four to eight weeks. He was planing on competing in the his second Olympics next month in Vancouver.

After a slow start to the season, the banged-up Ducks won their fifth straight game on Wednesday. Now, last-place Anaheim must move on without a player who was third on the team with 16 goals.

Selanne is in his third stint with the Ducks. The 39-year-old had 48 goals and 46 assists in 2006-07 to help Anaheim win their first and only Stanley Cup.

He flirted with retirement the following season before returning for 26 games. It was not enough to boost the Ducks in the playoffs as they lost in the first round.

In 65 games last season, he put up 27-27--54 numbers, but the Ducks lost in the conference semifinals to Detroit.

Selanne is five goals short of 600 for his career, leading all active players.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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