ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks were eager to get back on track and the Florida Panthers paid the price.
“We had the puck and didn’t turn it over too much. We played with the puck and found each other. Everybody was moving,” said Perry, who notched his team-leading 37th goal of the season to give the Ducks a 5-2 lead at the 11:56 mark of the second period.
“I feel re-energized,” said Selanne, who recently has been teamed with Getzlaf and Perry. “Today we were really clicking and reading each other well. The more time we spend together, the more you’re going to learn from one another. It was fun to play with those guys. They’re so dangerous and talented, so you have to be ready.”
Patrick Maroon also scored an early goal before leaving the game with a lower-body injury for the Ducks, who pulled within one point of San Jose atop the Pacific Division standings.
Selanne had a goal and an assist, while Jonas Hiller made 28 saves for Anaheim, which is four points behind Western Conference-leading St. Louis with 11 games left.
Jimmy Hayes and Tomas Fleischmann scored in the second period for the Panthers, who lost the last three games on their West Coast road trip by a combined 12-3.
Former Anaheim goalie Dan Ellis stopped 34 shots in Florida’s seventh loss in nine games overall.
Silfverberg scored an unassisted short-handed goal less than four minutes later, Fleischmann’s eighth goal of the season midway through the second trimmed the Ducks' lead to 3-2, but Palmieri and Perry scored 1:01 apart later in the period. Perry’s 37 goals are second most in the NHL.
Getzlaf got his 30th goal early in the third period, and new defenseman Stephane Robidas had an assist for his first point with the Ducks.