‘Demoted’ Corey Perry rediscovers scoring touch for Ducks
ANAHEIM – Considering how much he has leaned on the winger for nine of his 12 seasons as an NHL head coach, Randy Carlyle didn’t feel good about dropping Corey Perry to the Ducks’ fourth line.
But one of Carlyle’s go-to sayings is that it is a results-oriented business and Perry hadn’t delivered many after coming back from a knee injury in early January. Hence the uncommon move with the former All-Star winger that raised eyebrows.
Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
The desired effect was reached. With a figurative spur put into his britches, Perry has jumped back up to his longtime home on the top line.
In a four-game span, the 32-year-old has scored goals in three of them and racked up four assists in the game for his second such game in his career. Perry’s other four-assist game came nine years ago.
“Nobody wants to be demoted, as per se or perception,” Carlyle said. “Goal scorers seem to score in streaks and he’s on a streak that’s going his way right now and that’s great. He’s helping our hockey club.
“The key to successful teams is no matter where you are in the lineup, be prepared to make a contribution. And if you’re on the so-called first line, second line, third line, fourth line, you’re minutes and your contribution is noted at different levels obviously.
“The bottom line is whatever you can do to help the hockey club is the most important thing. And the individual stuff is out the window.”
Perry’s scoring streak nearly continued in the first period Sunday against San Jose. He got a pass from Ryan Getzlaf and blew a slap shot past Sharks goalie Martin Jones on the stick side. It didn’t hold up as Sharks coach Peter DeBoer successfully challenged that the […]