The Situation: With the Anaheim Ducks leading their first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars 2-1, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau elected to rest 43-year-old forward Teemu Selanne, replacing him in the lineup with 21-year-old Emerson Etem.
The Decision: The Ducks lost Game 4 by a score of 4-2, allowing the Stars to even the series and come within 24 seconds of forcing a seventh game before their late collapse in Game 6.
The Impact: The most entertaining result was this tweet from Selanne's 18-year-old son Eemil, which his father eventually asked him to delete, per ESPN.com: "ROSTER MOVE: Bruce Boudreau has been reassigned to Norfolk Admirals (AHL)."
Selanne's scratch didn't stop the Ducks from advancing and may have ultimately helped put star and coach on the same page. Selanne said, "I told Bruce, 'It's a new day. The series starts now.' There's no hard feelings. It's playoff time, and I don't want to even think about any negative energy."
As for Boudreau, he claims he anticipated the fan reaction.
I knew exactly what it was going into it, I knew the reaction, and if I was a fan, I'd probably be upset, too. He's an icon, one of the greatest players ever. I just thought we'd need a physical player along the boards a little bit more. Emerson fits that bill, so the decision was made. As much as we all love him and what he's done for us, you've got to think of the team and what it needs to win at that specific moment.
Selanne bounced back with two assists in Game 6 against Dallas and has scored two goals in the Ducks' first four games against the Los Angeles Kings.