Dazzling: O’s Anaheim Ducks Star Corey Perry Nets First NHL Hat Trick on Minnesota, Hits Record Books
Quack, Quack, Quack!
That’s three huge quacks for three killer goals netted by Oakley’s own Corey Perry in a raucous Anaheim Ducks home game against the Minnestota Wild at the Honda Center this past Sunday. O’s Canadian Right Wing sent in his first NHL hat trick at just 19 seconds into the game, setting the momentum for a crushing 6-2 victory.
The first blow came after Minnesota Goalie Niklas Backstrom attempted to play the puck behind his net and set it free into the Ducks’ Bobby Ryan, who quickly sent it to Corey for the one-timer. Perry shot it in front of Ryan to kick off the night in grand fashion.
Flash forward to 14;19 in the second period and Corey was at it again. A penalty shot had Perry swinging in wide from the left side of the rink, whipping in a wrist shot under Backstrom for the goal. The crowd erupted as the Ducks power to a 4-2 lead.
But he wasn’t done wreaking havoc just yet. Teleporting to 15:47 in the third period: With the puck flying into Perry down low and deep from Ducks Ryan Getzlaf, Corey skated right and wristed in a shot past Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom from point blank on the power play for his third goal of the night.
The three goals had him scoring at even strength, shorthanded (penalty shot) and on the power play…only the second time in club history a player scored in all three situations.
“It’s been a long time coming and it’s pretty special,” Corey said, rocking his usual Oakley visor. “When you have a lot of two-goal games, that hat trick feels nice. There were a lot of guys in here that helped with that tonight. It’s something I won’t forget. That’s for sure.”
The spectacular individual performance is fueling his squad’s momentum as they hit the road for the remainder of 2010.
“It was just a matter of finding that groove and going with it. Everything was going our way tonight. Hopefully, we can continue to play that way.”
Congratulations to Corey for his first pro hat trick and a sick overall showing!
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