Anaheim's Corey Perry became the NHL's first 50-goal scorer this season when he completed his third career hat trick midway through the Ducks' game against San Jose on Wednesday.
Perry started the night with a League-leading 47 goals. He got No. 48 by beating Antero Niittymaki 12:58 into the game, then scored his 49th at 6:46 of the second period.
The All-Star forward reached the 50-goal mark for the first time when set up just outside the crease and he banged in a pass from Teemu Selanne at 10:57 during a 5-on-3 power play. It was Perry's 19th goal in his last 14 games and gave the Ducks a 4-1 lead.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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