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, 11.3.2008 / 10:58 AM PT / Features
|"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.”|
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
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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
|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 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
“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.”