Friday, May 19, 2017

Mr. Overtime

Corey Perry is one of only two players remaining from the Anaheim Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup win.  Ryan Getzlaf is the other player and he's been doing everything in his power to get the Ducks back to the final for the first time since then.

Perry, on the other hand, has been mostly quiet in this years post season.  Except, out of the four goals he has scored, three of them have come in overtime.  The latest, last night in Nashville, evening up the Western Conference Final at two.  The goal was very similar to the overtime winner he scored in game 3 against Calgary, from the side boards and deflecting off something in front of the net.  In the case of last night, it was P.K. Subban's stick, who was trying to tip the puck away, not into his own goal.

Every since being reunited with Getzlaf in game 3 against Edmonton, Perry has played much better.  He's found his way to fourth in team scoring with those 4 goals and 7 assists. Yet, he still seems like a shadow of his former self, at least from an offensive perspective. Thankfully for the Ducks, other players like Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell have stepped up.

The goal salvaged a win for Anaheim, who led 2-0 late into the third period before the Predators mounted a furious comeback.  Subban got things rolling with a shot from the point that found its way past John Gibson.

Anaheim would then do pretty much everything it could to help the Predators tie the game up.  They took back to back penalties, giving Nashville a 5 on 3 man advantage, which they managed to kill off.

Defenceman Josh Manson unnecessarily iced the puck which lead to the tying goal.  A weird play in its own right, the puck had deflected straight up into the air and dropped behind the goal line, having stayed in play.  Eventually, Filip Forsberg banged the puck past Gibson to send the game to overtime.  Had Manson looked up, he would have noticed that he had time and space to move the puck out.

An exciting overtime following, with both teams trading chances, ending on Perry's goal.  It was relief for Anaheim who didn't have to go home facing elimination.

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