When it comes to star forwards like the Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry, a 50-goal scorer and Hart Trophy winner, the old adage of "you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him" comes to mind.
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh found a unique means of containing Perry in a 2-1 win by the Ducks at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
McDonagh benched Perry -- literally. And he did it not once but twice in the closing seconds of the second period.
With 14 seconds left and the Ducks attempting to move up the ice, Perry tried to play the puck near the Rangers' bench and was sent tumbling into it on a solid check by the 6-foot-1, 213-pound McDonagh.
As the Rangers retrieved the puck and tried a counterattack, Perry climbed out of their bench, got his skates back on the ice and rejoined the play. Not for long, however, as in trying to play an outlet pass by defenseman Bryan Allen, he found himself again near the Rangers bench and soon after back in it after a second crunching hit from McDonagh.
By that point, however, Perry already had scored the game's opening goal, his ninth of the season. He finished the game with five shots in 19:20 of ice time. McDonagh logged a team-high 22:58 for the Rangers with four shots of his own, three hits and one blocked shot.