Playoff Hope: Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry Powers to 50 Season Goals and Third Career Hat Trick, Dominates in 6-2 Victory Over San Jose Sharks
If any Anaheim Ducks fans had any jitters about playoff hopes going into Wednesday’s contest against the San Jose Sharks…there was one thing that detonated it all.
And that thing’s name is Corey Perry.
Oakley’s Hockey Star smashed in three goals (and his third career hat trick) in a 6-2 clobbering of the Sharks at the Honda Center, capping off an awesome 19 goals in the last 14 games – and a league leading 50 on the season.
Coincidentally, it was the first time a Ducks slasher hit 50 big ones since fellow Oakley star Teemu Selanne sent ‘em in during the 1998-98 campaign.
But make no mistake: Although the dominating performance just may have catapulted Corey’s position to challenge for the Hart Trophy, this wasn’t just for him. It was for the team and its playoff hopes.
“I’ve said all along that getting to the playoffs is more important than winning an award,” Corey said, rockin’ his Oakley Hockey Visor – like every day.
And Teemu, the original Ducks/Oakley legend himself, isn’t only appreciative of his teammate’s efforts and 50 goals – he’s fiercely protective of them.
“Extraordinary people do that. If he doesn’t win the MVP, it’s a crime,” Teemu said – also sporting his Oakley Hockey Visor.
One thing’s certain. The Ducks will need the full firepower and force that comes with Corey and Teemu’s presence during the final stretch of the regular season. Their spot in the playoffs was all but sealed until two consecutive losses to San Jose and Dallas last week.
They need just one more tally in the ‘W’ column in their last two games (or a Dallas loss) to be completely certain of a postseason run. But it’s not as if Oakley’s stars have never had their backs up against the wall before.
“Obviously, you want to be excited, and have butterflies in your stomach,” said Teemu, referring to the added pressure. “But when the puck drops, you play normal.”
All normal, except for the fact that Corey still has some more scoring to do.
“We have two games left and he could score 10 more points,” added Teemu. “He gets those octopus arms going, it’s amazing.”
And the Sharks definitely got themselves a nice taste of those formidable “arms.”
Corey split three Sharks before sending in a backhand shot for a 1-0 lead 12 minutes and 58 seconds into the game. And there was no backing down from there.
The second period was a flurry of Ducks goals – including two more from Corey – including a stretch when the team scored three consecutive power-play goals for a 6-1 lead. The Sharks would only squeak out one more before regulation hit the books.
One thing is certain: Corey Perry is the talk of the entire NHL and Hockey World right now…as he should. And with his leadership, the Oakley supported Ducks all of a sudden are finding themselves in the thick of Playoff debates and conversations far and wide.
Congrats to Corey and Ducks – keep on Quackin’!