Selanne calls Oilers cheats

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

To the untrained eye, the Edmonton Oilers won last night on the strength of stifling defence, solid penalty killing and a clutch goal.

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks, however, saw things a little differently. To hear them tell it, the Oilers simply cheated their way to victory.

"There's some guys on their team who could take a penalty every second shift,'' said Teemu Selanne, tearing a strip off an officiating crew (Bill McCreary and Kelly Sutherland), that let everything go last night. "They (the Oilers) get away with so much stuff. Then, it's just amazing what they called on us. I'm really disappointed about that.''

Selanne says the standard of enforcement has slipped a notch down the stretch, and it was virtually non-existent yesterday.

"It was a jungle out there,'' he said. "If that's going to be the case, tell us. Nobody is complaining.

"New rules? Wake up.

"The last little while I don't know what the new rules are any more.

"Not making excuses or complaining, but if there's rules, there should be rules. If not, then just tell us.

"We're not complaining, just tell us and we can start doing the same stuff. We just need to know that we can do it.''

It should be noted that Anaheim, the ninth most penalized team in the NHL, didn't get a minor until 12:24 of the second period. Not that anyone's complaining.

WANNAGO? PLEEEEEASE! Ethan Moreau has never been so relieved to get punched in the head in his life.

He was going off for elbowing Selanne midway through the third period with the score 1-1. Worried that Anaheim might clinch the win with him in the box, he suckered Ruslan Salei into a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to even it up.

"I could feel (Craig MacTavish) staring at me from the bench,'' said Moreau.

"So I'm like, please, drop 'em, please. I looked at him and said, 'Let's go.'

"He dropped his gloves and I'm like, 'Thank God.' I've never been so relieved in my life. I think that was the smartest thing I've ever done in my career.''

Not so much for Salei. As for the hit - which Selanne called dirty - Moreau pleaded innocence.

"I had him in a bad position and I was just going to finish my check and he ducked. It looks bad on tape, but he ducks. What are you going to do? Don't duck.''

MORE JET LAG FOR CARLYLE: You just know that after all those years of having the Edmonton Oilers end his season early in Winnipeg, former Jet and current Ducks coach Randy Carlyle would have loved to return the favour.

He wouldn't take the bait when asked about it, though.

"That was then,'' he said. "I never put myself in a situation where I reflect back on the history because it's the one thing you can't change.''

STUPID IS AS AVERY DOES: Anaheim netminder J.S. Giguere has seen enough of Sean Avery to know he's a decent player when he wants to be. And he's heard enough of him to know he's a dolt when he wants to be, too.

"If he would just stick to playing hockey and doing his job he could be a useful player for any team,'' said Giguere, who played against him eight times this season.

"Unfortunately with Sean, he doesn't think when he talks and that gets him in trouble all the time. It's been getting him in trouble for years and it's not going to stop.''


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