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Perry Leads Ducks to Record Month of March

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Led by several standout performances, the Ducks finished the month of March with an 11-3-0 mark, tying the club record for wins in any single month (also 11 in March, 2006).

Corey Perry 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. He scored 17 goals in December, 1996. No other player has scored more than 15 goals in a single month since then. 

Perry also currently leads all players this month in scoring (21 points) and game-winning goals (4). His 15 goals also account 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).

For the season, Perry leads the league in goals (46) and is tied for first in game-winning goals (10, also Daniel Sedin and Alex Ovechkin). He ranks fourth in points (89) and power play goals (12), and tied for eighth in shorthanded goals (3). He also ranks second among all NHL forwards in ice time (22:07), which is also first among all right wingers.

More highlights from the month of March:

Anaheim players currently make up the NHL’s top three scorers overall AND the top defensive scorer in March (Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne (who is tied for third with D. Sedin and Iginla) and Visnovsky).

Lubomir Visnovsky leads the NHL in plus/minus this month (+13), while also leading all defensemen in goals and points (7-11=18 with a +13).

Ryan Getzlaf ranks second behind linemate Corey Perry in NHL scoring in March, collecting 2-18=20 points in 14 contests. He leads the league in assists and ranks second (behind Visnovsky) with a +12 rating.

Teemu Selanne ranks tied for third in the NHL in points in March with 8-11=19 in 14 games. He also ranks tied for fifth in both goals and assists, and tied for fourth in power play goals (4).

Ray Emery appeared in his first contest with Anaheim on Mar. 13. Since that date, he has won six consecutive starts (6-0-0, one appearance in relief) with a 1.90 goals-against average (12 GA/379 MIN) and .935 SV% (174-of-186). His current winning streak is one win shy of matching Guy Hebert for the club record (seven straight wins from Feb. 25 – Mar. 22, 1996).
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