Hard Corey

Thursday, 11.8.2007 / 4:29 PM PT / Features
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Hard Corey
By Matt Vevoda

Given an opportunity to see an increased role with the Ducks on the ice this season, Corey Perry has thrived, blossoming into one of the team’s most feared offensive threats.

'He's getting more of an opportunity to play all the key offensive situations," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "And he's taken advantage of that."

The hard-hitting Perry has four goals in his last five games.

Beginning with his two-goal performance in a 4-1 win over Los Angeles during the second game of the year in London, the 22-year-old from Peterborough, Ontario has had or been tied for the team lead in goals. 

“Things are just going in the net,” Perry said. “I’m just going to the loose areas and getting shots on net. You battle hard and things happen. It’s nice.”

With his ninth goal of the young season Wednesday against the Coyotes, Perry is already halfway to his career high of 17 goals, posted last season. 

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“Perry’s playing great right now,” said fellow 22-year-old Ryan Getzlaf, who has developed alongside Perry in the Ducks system since the two were drafted within nine picks of each other in the first round (Getzlaf 19th overall, Perry 28th) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. “He’s playing confident with the puck. He does a great job of battling in front of the net and getting those goals. He finishes everything that touches his stick pretty much right now.”

Most of Perry’s goals this season have come on a talented line that features himself, Getzlaf and Chris Kunitz. The right winger likes the chemistry the unit has developed this season.

“I’m playing with two good linemates,” Perry said. “Kunitz is a grinder and a digger. He gets the puck in the corners and he’s quick. Getzlaf’s a playmaker. He makes nice passes and can shoot the puck too. The three of us together, we’re all different players, but we all seem to be playing as one.” 

Through 17 games this season the Kunitz-Perry-Getzlaf line has produced half of the Ducks’ goals scored (19 goals out of 38) and 39.2 percent of the team’s points scored (40 points out of 102).

“They’re a strong grouping,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “They’ve played a pretty consistent brand of hockey for us.” 

Added Getzlaf: “We’re doing fairly well on the offensive side of it. We just need to take care of our net and work on getting out of our zone a little cleaner and the goals will keeping coming. The more we play with the puck and not chase it around is the better off we’re going to be.”

Perry is the emotional player of the group, wearing his heart on his sleeve while in the heat of battle. It is this competitive fire that has fueled the emergence of the third-year pro. 

 “He’s a yappy guy, I’ll give you that much,” Getzlaf says. “He’s a competitor and that’s part of him game, playing that emotionally. He loves to talk out there.”

Said Perry, “That’s how I play the game. I try to leave nothing back. At the end of the day, you want to say to yourself that you left everything on the ice and you couldn’t do anything more.” 

Luckily for the Ducks, the main thing Perry is leaving on the ice this season are opposing goalies dumbfounded by pucks he’s sailed past them.




1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54


R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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