How the mighty have fallen

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers are thankful for Teemu Selanne's ugliest assist of the year.

Usually an Oiler killer - with 75 points in 61 career games - Selanne watched the puck bounce off his skate and then deflect off Ryan Smyth's stick to give Edmonton a much-appreciated 3-1 lead last night.

And from there, the Oilers coasted to a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

"We didn't get any bounces," said Selanne.

"But what are you going to do? We just have to do things better."

And there is no shortage of things to improve on, according to the NHL's leading goal scorer.

"Right now we are not a solid team that can play 60 minutes," he stated.

"(We have) way too many turnovers, too many mistakes."

It's hard to believe this is the same Ducks squad that started the season 27-4-6.

With yesterday's loss, Anaheim has just two wins in its last 10 games.

"Earlier on in the year we would maybe let down for half a period ... and then bounce back," said veteran Sean O'Donnell.

"But right now we're in one of those funks that every team goes in. Unless you play 60 minutes, you're not going to get the win."

With the loss and Nashville's victory over Columbus last night, Anaheim falls out of first place in the Western Conference.

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