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The Big Three

The rejuvenation of the trio of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne has been a big reason the Ducks are among the hottest teams in the league

Monday, 11.03.2008 / 1:58 PM / Features
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The Big Three
"When you’re struggling a little bit, you’re hitting posts, you’re hitting this and that. I thought we worked through it well as a group and rebounded tremendously," Getzlaf says. "That’s the big thing that we’re doing right now is everybody is rolling and contributing. We’re a confident team right now, so we’re playing like it.”
By Adam Brady

For an indication why the suddenly hot Ducks have taken six of their last seven games, look no further than the re-emergence of top scorers Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne.

Each got off to sluggish starts at the outset of this season and, not coincidentally, so did the Ducks. In the first six games, the trio combined for just two goals and six points, as the Ducks stumbled to a 1-5-0 start.

But the trio found new life starting with a four-game road swing through Eastern Canada and Columbus that has carried over through the last three games at Honda Center. In those seven games, the three have accumulated 14 goals and a jaw-dropping 39 points. And consequently, the 7-5-1 Ducks are one of the hottest teams in hockey, having picked up a standings point in seven straight games, the longest current run in the NHL.

Getzlaf Highlights
Perry Highlights
Selanne Highlights 
“The puck is going in the net for everybody,” Getzlaf said after a 3-2 win over Calgary on Sunday night in which he had a goal and an assist. “It’s not like we’re doing a whole different. It’s just the way things go. When you’re struggling a little bit, you’re hitting posts, you’re hitting this and that. I thought we worked through it well as a group and rebounded tremendously. That’s the big thing that we’re doing right now is everybody is rolling and contributing. We’re a confident team right now, so we’re playing like it.”

As consistent as they’ve been over the last several games, they’ve also gotten points in bunches. Selanne had a hat trick in a huge Oct. 29 win over Detroit at Honda Center, then added two more goals two nights later in a 7-6 shootout loss to Vancouver (the only Ducks defeat in the last seven games).

Perry and Getzlaf combined for 19 points over the past week and became the first set of teammates in more than 10 seasons to have back-to-back five-point nights.
Getzlaf had a five-assist night against Detroit, becoming just the second NHL player in the last 11 seasons to assist on all five of his team’s goals. Then two nights later against Vancouver, Perry had a five-point night of his own with a goal and four assists. The goal came in the final minute of regulation in the game Anaheim ultimately lost to the Canucks in a shootout. The duo became the first in more than 10 years to record back-to-back five-point games. (Brian Savage and Vincent Damphousse pulled off the feat for the 1997-98 Montreal Canadiens.)

Getzlaf and Perry, skating together on the Ducks’ top line, combined for 19 points over the past week alone, while Selanne added nine points of his own (including six goals). The trio ranked 1-2-3 in NHL scoring for the week, earning them a collective NHL First Star of the Week award. It’s the first time the NHL has named any combination of teammates as the collective First Star since instituting the award in 1981-82.  

Selanne scored six of the Ducks’ seven power play goals during the week, almost single-handedly lifting the Ducks from near the bottom of the league in power play percentage to ninth at 20.37 percent. His seven power play goals for the season leads the league.

Selanne had a four-game goal-scoring streak end in Sunday night's 3-2 win against Calgary, but an assist extended his scoring streak to 6 games. Meanwhile, Getzlaf has also scored points in the last six (four goals and nine assists during that stretch).
Perry's assist streak has reached seven games, one shy of tying the club record.

“They are getting inside and creating chances,” says Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. “When you have the amount of skill that they have, those things will eventually turn the tide in their direction. As long as they continue to work hard to get inside and control that puck, they can be an effective group.”




1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46


R. Getzlaf 61 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 49 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 64 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 56 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 61 6 22 18 28
J. Silfverberg 63 9 18 8 27
C. Fowler 63 5 21 -1 26
R. Rakell 53 5 19 4 24
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51 is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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