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Chasing the Hart

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
•    For the season, Corey Perry leads the league in goals (50) and is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (11, also Alex Ovechkin). He ranks second in points (97), fourth in power play goals (14), and tied for fifth in shorthanded goals (4). He also ranks second among all NHL forwards in ice time (22:08), which is also first among all right wingers.

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•    Perry leads the league with 21 third period goals (no other player has more than 18 – San Jose’s Patrick Marleau), and is tops with 23 third period/OT goals (no other player has more than 21 – also Marleau). His 21 third period goals are also the most in Ducks history (Selanne had 19 in 1996-97) and the most by any Western Conference player since Jonathan Cheechoo (SJ) had 21 in 2005-06. The last Western Conference player with MORE than 21 third period goals was Pavel Bure (VAN), who had 23 in 1993-94.

•    25 of Perry’s goals this season have tied the score or put the Ducks ahead (nine tied game, 16 put Ducks ahead/won game). Those 25 goals came in 22 different games, with the Ducks going 15-4-3 in those contests.

•    Perry became the third player in franchise history to reach the 50-goal mark (Paul Kariya had 50 in 1995-96 & Teemu Selanne had 51 in 1996-97 and 52 in 1997-98). It also marks the most goals scored by a Duck since Selanne’s 52 in 1997-98. Perry currently has six more goals than anyone else in the NHL (Stamkos, 44). The last time a player in the Western Conference scored 50-or-more goals was Calgary’s Jarome Iginla in 2007-08 (50).

•    On March 1, the Ducks were 33-25-5 with 71 points and ranked 11th in the Western Conference. At the time, Corey Perry had 31-37=68 points, ranking sixth in the NHL in goals and points. Since March 1, Perry leads the NHL in goals and points (19-10=29 with a +12), lifting the Ducks to 7th place in the Western Conference. The Ducks are 10-5-0 since Mar. 1.

•    Perry leads the NHL in goals (25) and points (46) since the All-Star break. No one in the NHL has more than 20 goals (CGY’s Iginla) and 38 points (Iginla and Getzlaf) since that date. Perry has helped the Ducks to a 17-10-1 record since the All-Star break.

•    He currently leads the NHL in road goals with 28. The next closest is Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin with 24.

•    His 50-47=97 points are the most by a Duck since 1997-98 when Selanne scored 47-60=107 and Kariya notched 39-62=101.

•    With Perry’s game-winner on Apr. 6 vs. San Jose, Perry established a new club record for game-winning goals with 11. Paul Kariya (1996-97) and Teemu Selanne (1997-98 and 2006-07) previously held the record with 10.

•    Now leading the league in goals, it was only 29 days ago (Mar. 9) that Perry was sixth in the league (31), 10 behind then league-leader Steven Stamkos (41). On Feb. 5, Perry was tied for eighth among NHL leaders with 25 goals, 14 behind league-leader Stamkos (39).

•    Perry is the first player since 1996-97 to record 50-or-more goals and more than 100 penalty minutes in a single season (Keith Tkachuk scored 52 goals and amassed 228 PIM with Phoenix in 1996-97). 

•    Corey Perry was named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March on Apr. 1. He finished the month of March with 15 goals, becoming the fifth NHL player since January, 1997 to score 15 goals in a single month. The previous players to do so were Alexandre Burrows (January, 2010), Jaromir Jagr (March, 2001), Pavel Bure (March, 2001) and Joe Sakic (March, 2000). The last NHL player to score MORE than 15 was Mario Lemieux, who scored 17 goals in December, 1996. No other player has scored more than 15 goals in a single month since then. Perry also co-led the NHL (also Daniel Sedin) in scoring (21 points) and ranked first in game-winning goals (4). His 15 goals accounted for the highest goal-scoring month by a Ducks player in club history. Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne previously shared the record (Kariya had 13 in January 2000 and Selanne recorded 13 in November 1997).

•    In addition to his First Star of the Month recognition for March, Perry has also received NHL “Stars of the Week” honors on four occasions this season: First Star of the Week on Apr. 4, Second Star of the Week on Mar. 28 and Third Star of the Week on both Mar. 14 and Feb. 7

•    In his last 14 contests, he has 19-10=29 points with a +13 rating, seven multi-goal games, five game-winning goals, and two overtime goals. Of those 19 goals, eight have occurred during the third period or overtime. Perry has helped lead Anaheim to a 10-4-0 record in those 14 games. He also has recorded 14-8=22 points with a +11 rating during a current 10-game scoring streak, which is tied for the longest active streak in the NHL (also NSH’s Kostitsyn).

•    Perry has scored a career-high four shorthanded goals this season, establishing a new club record in the category (previously 3, set several times).

•    He has three hat tricks this season, matching the club record for most hat tricks by a Ducks player in a single season (Selanne also had three in 1997-98): Dec. 12 vs. MIN: scored his first career hat trick as part of a career and franchise-tying five-point game (3-2=5). It was the second time in club history a player has scored a hat trick on the PP, at EV and SH (also P. Kariya, 1/10/97 vs. BUF). Also Feb. 5 @ COL: Had 3-0=3 points in a 3-0 shutout, becoming the first player in Ducks history to score ALL three of his team's goals in a win. Perry also became the first player in team history to record a hat trick while scoring every goal in a shutout. He was just the fourth player to accomplish the feat in an NHL game over the last six seasons (also Philadelphia's Mike Knuble, 2/2/08; Buffalo's Thomas Vanek, 4/5/08; Columbus’ Rick Nash, 11/20/10; all in 3-0 wins). Lastly Apr. 6 vs. SJ: Perry reached the 50-goal plateau on his third goal of the game as part of a four-point night. In addition, Perry’s second goal served as the game-winner, establishing a new franchise record for most game-winning goals in a season (11).

•    Perry scored back-to-back OT goals (first two of his career) on Mar. 19 at LA and Mar. 20 vs. CGY, becoming the first Ducks player to record OT goals in back-to-back games and the first in the NHL to do so since Todd Bertuzzi (DET) on Dec. 11-12, 2009.

•    Perry is attempting to become only the second Ducks player to lead the NHL in goals. Teemu Selanne led the league outright with 47 in 1998-99 and shared the lead with Peter Bondra (52) in 1997-98.

•    The Ducks have had two previous Hart Trophy finalists (MVP): Paul Kariya (1996-97) and Teemu Selanne (1997-98). No Ducks player has ever won the award. The only players on California-based teams to WIN the Hart are Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles, 1988-89) and Joe Thornton (San Jose, 2005-06).

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