ANAHEIM -- The name Corey Perry is rarely mentioned without being accompanied by the name Ryan Getzlaf.
Affectionately known as "The Twins," the two have been linked for years as the Anaheim Ducks' star forwards. Getzlaf, the captain, and Perry, an alternate captain, were chosen nine spots apart from one another in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft. Their careers have seen them author numerous records in the Anaheim books, and serve as linemates on a Stanley Cup-winning team and two Olympic gold medal-winning teams.
So it came as a surprise to many Wednesday when Getzlaf was named as one of the first 16 members of Team Canada's roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and Perry was not.
The Ducks' perennial scoring leader has 27 goals through 62 games this season, good for ninth in the League. The right wing carried them through much of their dismal start, generating offense when no one else was. Perry scored a hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings a few days before the roster was revealed, the ninth of his career.
When Perry scored a game-tying goal in the third period of the Ducks' 3-2 shootout win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, there was no message he was trying to send to the selection committee, headed by Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. But still, he said he thought a little about the omission.
"It obviously weighs on my mind," Perry said. "But at the same time, you're playing for the Anaheim Ducks. You've got to go out and you can't let that affect you."
Scoring touch aside, Perry brings tremendous skill, speed and comes hard on the forecheck. A veteran of the Canadian national team with two Olympic gold medals and one IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal on his résumé, Perry has the ability to play with centers other than Getzlaf, evidenced by his chemistry with Rickard Rakell this season. Not to mention, that innate ability to agitate opposing players, goading them into retaliatory, sometimes costly, penalties.
For now, Perry said his focus is on getting two points for Anaheim each game. His priority is keeping the Ducks' nine-game winning streak going and reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a feat that once seemed in serious doubt given Anaheim's struggles to start the season.
"There's still time," Perry said. "There's still spots left. I've just got to go out and work hard to get it."
"The Twins" may still see the international ice together after all.
"You always expect him to get on there," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They've got to throw seven more on there. You've got to believe that he's going to be one of them."