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Player Preview: Corey Perry

Wednesday, 09.3.2014 / 10:00 AM PT / News
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Player Preview: Corey Perry
By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

As we approach training camp and the start of the 2014-15 season, AnaheimDucks.com will preview each player on the roster, highlighting last season’s accomplishments and providing insight into what you can expect this season. Our preview continues with Corey Perry.

“Scorey” Perry wasn’t just a nickname for Anaheim’s talented right winger this season.

It was almost a mission statement for the 29-year old forward, who finished the 2013-14 campaign with 82 points and a career-high plus-32 rating. Perry led the league in even-strength goals (35) and finished second to Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin in the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race with 43 goals. Those two were the only players to crack 40 goals, a testament to Perry’s goal-scoring prowess.

Along with those gaudy goal totals, he finished tied for third in game-winning goals (9), fifth in points (82) and tied for seventh in plus/minus. His 39 assists were good for second on the team while his eight power-play goals led the Ducks.

He also had a flair for the dramatic, scoring plenty of late goals. Perhaps the best one came against the Vancouver Canucks on January 5 at Honda Center. The game-winning tally came at 4:58 of overtime and was the latest OT winner by a Duck since Nov. 17, 1995 when Peter Douris scored with one second remaining in a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders. He also played a huge role in the epic comeback win against the Winnipeg Jets on March 31 (also at Honda Center), scoring the game-tying goal with just 23 seconds remaining in regulation.

Perry carried his regular season play into the postseason, where he recorded 11 points (4g/7a) in 13 games. He ranked second on the team in scoring and assists, and tied for second in goals. Perry also surpassed Teemu Selanne (33) for second on the club’s all-time postseason assist list (34) in Game 4 of the Second Round series against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Second Round loss to their bitter rivals left a bitter taste in Perry’s mouth.

“When your season comes to a screeching halt, it’s hard,” he said during exit interviews. “You sit there and reflect on everything you experienced and went through. There were a lot of emotions this year.

“We have the same feeling we had last year. We could see the end of the tunnel, but we just couldn’t get there.”

Much of the offense will again fall on the shoulders of “The Twins,” Perry and linemate Ryan Getzlaf, as the Ducks look to replicate last year’s success. He ranks third in the NHL in goals with 203 tallies since the start of 2008-09, spanning six seasons, trailing only Ovechkin and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos. Expect more late thrillers from Perry this season. Since the start of 2010-11, Perry leads the NHL with 31 game-winning goals.

HIGHLIGHT
You know what’s coming – Perry’s goal from his knees against the New York Islanders stands as one of the best goals across the league from last season. Perry stepped out from the penalty box with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second period, following Daniel Winnik into the offensive zone. He took a drop pass and immediately drove to the slot, forcing Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan to trip him. Sliding on his knees, Perry flicked a wrister into traffic that beat Anders Nilsson with just over two seconds remaining.

That goal won the Ducks Fan Awards Goal of the Year, as voted by the fans.

BY THE NUMBERS
35:
The number of even-strength goals Perry scored last season to lead the league.

31: The number of game-winning goals Perry scored since the 2010-11 season. That number leads the league.

4:58: Perry’s game-winning overtime tally against the Vancouver Canucks on January 5 was the latest OT winner by a Duck since Nov. 17, 1995 when Peter Douris scored with one second remaining in a 2-1 win vs. NYI.

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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