Relegated to a sweater and nylon practice pants with crutches under his arms, a disheartened Corey Perry
hobbled around Honda Center on Sunday night as the Ducks defeated Montreal
3-1 in the first game without their leading goal scorer.
One of four Ducks to have played in each of the first 70 games, Perry is now out of the lineup for an estimated six weeks as a result of a partially severed tendon in his right quadriceps. He returned to Anaheim on Saturday after having surgery in Denver.
“I didn’t know I was cut, but I knew something happened. I just went straight off the ice. I looked down and saw a cut and some blood. I thought, ‘This can’t be good.’” - Corey Perry
The freak injury occurred at Colorado last Thursday when Perry, in a scramble in front of the Avalanche goal, was cut just above his right knee by the skate of goaltender Jose Theodore. The blade managed to get between Perry’s pads (both shin and thigh) and knee brace before ultimately piercing his skin.
“I passed the puck,” said Perry in describing the play he had to watch on replay in order to figure out completely. “It went off somebody’s skate and was kind of going toward the net. I tried jumping around him, trying to whack the puck. He dived and his skate came up. It looks like I tried to move out of the way.”
Although he didn’t immediately know the severity of the injury, Perry knew something was wrong as he limped off Pepsi Center’s ice in the third period of the Ducks 1-0 loss to the Avalanche.
“I didn’t know I was cut, but I knew something happened,” said the 22-year-old All-Star right winger, who has a team and career high 29 goals this year. “I just went straight off the ice. I looked down and saw a cut and some blood. I thought, ‘This can’t be good.’”
His fears were unfortunately founded, as the tendon in Perry’s quadriceps was 75 percent torn. After being tended to on the Ducks’ training table by Colorado team physician Andy Parker, Perry was rushed to Denver’s Rose Medical Center for surgery.
“They numbed me up,” Perry said. “I woke up and I was out of surgery.”
Perry is to remain on crutches for the remainder of this week and then he hopes the rehabilitation starts to expedite his return to the lineup.
“That’s my goal,” Perry said. “I don’t like sitting out and watching the team play.”