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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, 11.3.2008 / 10:58 AM PT / 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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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