Posts Tagged ‘Corey Perry’

2014 NHL playoffs: It’s time for Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin to step up

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font
Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars

After a breakthrough season with Dallas, center Tyler Seguin has cooled in the playoffs. (Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

One of the most compelling hooks of the Ducks-Stars series that resumes tonight in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN) is that it features four of the NHL’s top-eight scorers.

So far, three of them have shown up to play.

Ryan Getzlaf has given a good account of himself, just as you’d expect. He’s leading the Ducks in scoring with two goals and four points through the first three games. He’s established his physical presence at both ends of the ice. And he’s doing all that while battling through a gruesome (and surely painful) injury he picked up while blocking a slapper with his face in the frantic final moments Game 1.

Corey Perry? He leads Anaheim in both shots (11) and punches taken (about 400). That last stat is highly unofficial, but it’s a good indication of how involved he’s been in the series. The Stars’ D-men have turned the blue paint in front of goalie Kari Lehtonen into Central Park at midnight, mugging Perry every time he skates by, but he keeps coming back, wallet in hand. He’s paying the price.

And then there’s Jamie Benn, who is easily the most committed forward in this series. Dallas’ captain had never skated in the NHL postseason prior to last Thursday, but he’s playing like these are the games he’s been waiting for his whole life.

Beast-mode doesn’t begin to capture the impact that Benn has had. When the Stars were on their heels in Game 1, he antied up with a bone-jarring open-ice hit that set Getzlaf’s teeth on vibrate. In Game 2, he rocked Perry so hard that his Olympic linemate retaliated with a nasty spear to his lower midsection.

Read More…


  • Published On Apr 23, 2014
  • Top Line: Lucic spear defended; race an issue in Kane criticism; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Top Line: Milan Lucic spear defended; race factor in Evander Kane criticism; more links

    Corey Perry (10) and Jamie Benn (14) sparked one of Friday’s below-the-belt controversies. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jerard Fagerberg isn’t just a beer-league goalie. He’s also a moral gymnast, judging by his defense of Milan Lucic’s cup-check on Danny DeKeyser. Strictly for Bruins fans or those who enjoy spikes in their blood pressure.

    • It was one of those nights. Corey Perry gave Jamie Benn an equipment adjustment as well.

    • No word on whether Lucic or Perry will face league discipline for jabbing another man’s midsection, but we do know the NHL frowns on grabbing one’s own junk.

    • Adam Proteau says you’re being naive if you don’t think criticism hurled at Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and P.K. Subban is at least in part racially motivated. No one should be naive enough to assume it’s not a factor for at least some people, but that doesn’t mean it’s the prevailing influence. Still, it is a take worth reading. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • Getzlaf leads Anaheim to 3-2 victory over Stars; Ducks take 2-0 series lead

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Ryan Getzlaf

    Ryan Getzlaf (left) left his stamp on Game 2 for the Ducks, spurring them to a 2-0 series lead. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    He was aching from the deep gash carved into his face by a Tyler Seguin slap shot late in Game 1. He was uncomfortable from wearing a bell shield to protect his battered jaw. And he was exhausted from attending the birth of his third child on Thursday.

    But none of that stopped Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf from asserting his will in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

    The captain pounced on a turnover at the Dallas blueline and scored his second goal of the series to knot the game at one late in the first, then set up Andrew Cogliano’s winner at 5:09 of the third to power the Ducks to the win. The victory gives Anaheim a 2-0 lead as the series switches venues to Dallas.

    “Every once in a while, you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys are losing their composure a little bit and playing the way they did,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “With what’s happened to him in the last three days and to come in and get two points and plus-3 [rating] is a sure reason why he’s hopefully going to be nominated for the MVP.”

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 19, 2014
  • NHL Playoffs: Ducks survive comeback scare against resilient Stars

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Tyler Seguin (left) and the Stars battled back before falling short against Anaheim. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    Tyler Seguin (91) and the Stars battled back before falling short against the Ducks. (Debora Robinson/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    If ever there was a playoff game where both teams could say they got what they needed, the Ducks’ 4-3 win over the Stars was it. Anaheim dominated early and held serve at home to take a 1-0 series lead, but Dallas shook off some early jitters and nearly clawed back from a four-goal deficit. The Stars are still in a 1-0 hole, but by establishing their game over the final 25 minutes they proved that they can hang with the higher-seeded Ducks in this series.

    Some observations after the opener:

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks against the Dallas Stars

    The struggles of goalie Jonas Hiller (1) and the Ducks’ lack of a reliable No. 1 may prove fatal. (Tim Sharp/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 20: Ducks 6, Stars 3

    Nov. 26: Stars 6, Ducks 3

    Feb. 1: Stars 2, Ducks 0

    Notable injuries

    Ducks: RW Tim Jackman (broken right hand, out indefinitely)

    Stars: RW Rich Peverley (heart surgery, out for season), LW Ray Whitney (lower body, day-to-day), D Brenden Dillon (lower body, day-to-day)

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • The Top 13 Goals of 2013

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a goal against the New York Islanders.

    We wish to thank Pavel Datsyuk and the New York Islanders for their contributions to this list. (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

    By Sam Page

    What is a great hockey goal? Do you just know it when you see it? Is it contingent on the quality of the competition involved? Should it play a significant role in the game, or the season?

    Merriam-Webster defines a goal as “something that you are trying to do or achieve.” I define a great goal as the actual act of shooting the puck, during the action of a game, and having the red light flash despite the odds against it happening. So on this list you will find no great assists on tap-in goals, no video game-esque shootout goals, and no penalty shots. This list is just the year’s 13 best individual efforts in getting the biscuit into the basket.

    MORE: 13 best players | Hits | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful | Front office moves

    Read More…


  • Published On Dec 29, 2013
  • Top Line: Emery fight fallout continues; Oilers-Rangers trade talk; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby

    Four days later and the hockey world is still buzzing about Ray Emery’s attack on Braden Holtby. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • David Shoalts puts the onus on Gary Bettman to diminish the role of fighting in the game. Or, at the least, put The Code in writing.

    • Steve Buffery offers a contrasting opinion that speaks for us less enlightened types.

    • If you can fight past the inexplicable decision to run FIVE variations on the same question at the top of the column, Kerry Fraser eventually offers up a pretty damning take on the performance of referee Francois St. Laurent during Friday’s Ray Emery/Braden Holtby mismatch.

    • No word if additional security was ordered for Emery’s visit to the White House.

    • Phoenix goalie coach Sean Burke let Emery have it with both barrels, calling him a bully and questioning his toughness.

    • The Flyers say Friday’s brawl united the team and will make it stronger. Can’t wait to see how some anti-fighting writers tap dance around the subject if the Flyers somehow manage to get their lost season back on track.

    • If nothing else, the Flyers have Scott Laughton to look forward to. The kid has some soft mitts.

    Read More…


  • Published On Nov 05, 2013
  • Team Canada scouting Maple Leafs, Ducks; Jonathan Bernier their target?

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Allan Muir

    Scouts show up in press boxes every night around the NHL, and while guessing why they’re there is a time-honored tradition, it’s hardly news.

    Unless, of course, those scouts are from Team Canada. And they show up in the Center of the Hockey Universe.

    With both Steve Yzerman and Peter Chiarelli set to be at the Air Canada Centre for tonight’s Toronto vs. Anaheim tilt, it’s fair to speculate on who they came to see.

    The Ducks boast two players who will be in the Sochi mix: forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

    Getzlaf might be in tough because of Canada’s embarrassment of riches at center, but he
    has 18 goals in 58 points in his last 52 games and brings an imposing presence to the position. Perry is a natural winger and a pure sniper, a quality Yzerman has said he’ll prioritize after Canada’s offense failed to click in Torino.

    The two obviously have great chemistry, something that might enhance their value as a two-fer given the lack of practice time before the Winter Games. Slide someone like Taylor Hall on their left flank and you’d have a quick, dangerous, physically imposing third line that would cause the opposition fits.

    Read More…


  • Published On Oct 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Maple Leafs have momentum in Game 7 vs. Bruins; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    The Maple Leafs have the momentum going into their Game 7 vs. the Bruins.

    Boston’s Tuukka Rask might have a sense of foreboding about tonight’s Game 7 in Boston. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Maple Leafs will play in a game that seemed wildly unlikely two weeks ago. And now they know it is one they can win.

    • Steve Simmons argues that all the momentum heading into tonight’s Game 7 favors the Maple Leafs. After two huge wins in a row, he ain’t wrong.

    • Playing in Game 7 after blowing a massive series lead? Yeah, Tuukka Rask knows that feeling all too well.

    • The tired and slow Bruins are have left themselves no margin for error in tonight’s decisive battle.

    • Damien Cox writes that this game is about making history and the chance to kickstart a new era for the Leafs franchise.

    • No surprise that the Capitals and Rangers are headed to their own Game 7 tonight…or that the series will come down to the play of their goaltenders.

    Read More…


  • Published On May 13, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Red Wings advance as Ducks falter at home in Game 7

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Temu Sellane

    Emerson Etem (left) and Teemu Selanne wave goodbye to fans after the Ducks’ Game 7 loss. (Getty Images)

    By Adrian Dater

    Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin had a tremendous season for the Anaheim Ducks. He was in the discussion among Norris Trophy voters, anchoring the defense for a team that finished second overall in the seriously tough Western Conference.

    But in Beachemin’s native French-Canadian tongue, he was the chevre of Sunday’s Game 7 between his Ducks and the Detroit Red Wings. That means goat. It’s true, he was credited with a lucky late power-play goal that accounted for the final score, but the damage from an earlier incident on the power play had already been done.

    Beauchemin tried to get fancy during a game in which keep-it-safe fundamental play was the bylaw, and for that he will be shown on every hockey highlight show around the globe for the next day.

    Beauchemin’s spin-o-rama blind backhand pass was intercepted and converted into a short-handed goal by Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader with 3:23 left in the first period, which broke a 1-1 tie, killed all of Anaheim’s building momentum and ultimately resulted in a 3-2 loss at the Honda Center.

    Read More…


  • Published On May 13, 2013


  •