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Ducks need more from Perry in Game 5

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- It's not exactly a news flash that when Corey Perry is scoring, the Anaheim Ducks are winning.

A look at the numbers tells it all: Including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Ducks are 20-5-2 when Perry records a point and 9-9-3 when he doesn't. So his one point through four games of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Detroit Red Wings is naturally magnified.

Game 5 is Wednesday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Perry was a 50-goal scorer and Hart Trophy winner in 2010-11 who signed an eight-year, $69 million contract extension in March.

"If you know Corey Perry, you know how competitive he is," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday. "I'm sure he is pressing a little too much. He's just got to do what comes natural to him. When you're getting chances, you know things are going OK.

"It's when you're not getting any chances and you're not getting any touches at the puck, then all of a sudden you start to worry about your game. But he had three really good chances [Monday] night, and I would venture to guess that if he had those three chances tomorrow night [in Game 5], he's going to put two of them in."

Boudreau did the unthinkable in Game 4 and briefly broke up Perry and linemate Ryan Getzlaf. But the concern level is low because the Ducks feel they are getting good looks. Perry, who last scored April 21, pointed to those missed chances.

"They go in and we're not having this conversation," Perry said. "Two good chances coming down the slot. I missed on one and he made the save on the other."

Boudreau pulled out the cliché about carrying passengers after Game 4, presumably referring to some of his star forwards. Perry, Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan were a combined minus-2 and, along with Teemu Selanne, did not record a shot on goal in the first 40 minutes. Selanne played 13:24, the second-fewest behind Kyle Palmieri.

The Ducks were simply outworked by the Red Wings, and Boudreau clarified Tuesday how much of a challenge it is to correct that inconsistency.

"It's not a question of having everybody on board, just everybody wasn't playing their best last night," Boudreau said. "I think they're all on board. They all want to do the right things. Sometimes it's a difficult time to get 18 players and a goalie all playing their best games at the same time.

"We surely would like it to happen. We thought we had it, for the most part it, on the first game in Detroit and I thought we had it in the first game here and we had a lot of guys playing really well last night, but there were some guys that just weren't as good as they should be."

What will Boudreau say to those underachievers?

"Just chat with them," he said. "And then kick them in the rear."

Boudreau said there was no update on defenseman Toni Lydman, who is out with head and neck injuries sustained in Game 2. Lydman did not skate Tuesday.

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