Monday, April 11, 2011

Hart Trophy - Making the Case for Corey Perry

In 2010-11, Corey Perry led the league in goals (50) and was tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (11, also Alex Ovechkin). He ranked third in points (98), and tied for fifth in power play goals (14) and shorthanded goals (4). He also ranked second among all NHL forwards in ice time (22:18), which is also ranked first among all right wingers.

· Perry led the league in 2010-11 with 21 third period goals (no other player had more than 18 – San Jose’s Patrick Marleau), and was tops with 23 third period/OT goals (no other player had more than 21 – also Marleau). His 21 third period goals were also the most in Ducks history (Selanne had 19 in 1996-97) and the most by any Western Conference player since Jonathan Cheechoo (SJ) had 21 in 2005-06. No Western Conference player had MORE than 21 third period goals since the 1993-94 season (Pavel Bure of VAN (23), Brendan Shanahan of STL (23) & Brett Hull of STL (22)).

· 25 of Perry’s goals in 2010-11 tied the score or put the Ducks ahead (nine tied game, 16 put Ducks ahead/won game). Those 25 goals came in 22 different games, with the Ducks going 15-4-3 in those contests.

· Perry became the third player in franchise history to reach the 50-goal mark (Paul Kariya had 50 in 1995-96 & Teemu Selanne had 51 in 1996-97 and 52 in 1997-98). It also marked the most goals scored by a Duck since Selanne’s 52 in 1997-98. Perry completed the season with five more goals than anyone else in the NHL (Stamkos, 45). The last time a player in the Western Conference scored 50-or-more goals was Calgary’s Jarome Iginla in 2007-08 (50).

· With 20 games left, the Ducks were 32-25-5 with 69 points and ranked 11th in the Western Conference. At the time, Corey Perry had 31-36=67 points, and ranked sixth in the NHL in goals and tied for fifth in points. Over the last 20 games, Perry led the NHL in goals and points (19-12=31 with a +12), lifting the Ducks to a fourth-place place finish in the Western Conference. The Ducks went 15-5-0 over their last 20 games.

· Perry led the NHL in goals (25) and points (47) since the All-Star break. No one in the NHL had more than 21 goals (CGY’s Iginla) and 40 points (VAN’s D. Sedin) since that date. Perry helped the Ducks to a 19-10-1 record after the All-Star break.

· Perry also led the NHL in road goals with 28. The next-closest players were Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (both with 24).

· His 50-48=98 points were the most by a Duck since 1997-98 when Selanne scored 47-60=107 and Kariya notched 39-62=101.

· His game-winner on Apr. 6 vs. San Jose, Perry established a new club record for game-winning goals with 11. Paul Kariya (1996-97) and Teemu Selanne (1997-98 and 2006-07) previously held the record with 10.

· On Mar. 9, Perry ranked sixth in the league in goals (31), 10 behind then league-leader Steven Stamkos (41). On Feb. 5, Perry was tied for eighth among NHL leaders with 25 goals, 14 behind league-leader Stamkos (39).

· Perry became the first player since 1996-97 to record 50-or-more goals and more than 100 penalty minutes in a single season (Keith Tkachuk scored 52 goals and amassed 228 PIM with Phoenix in 1996-97.

· Perry was named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March on Apr. 1. He finished the month of March with 15 goals, becoming the fifth NHL player since January, 1997 to score 15 goals in a single month. The previous players to do so were Alexandre Burrows (January, 2010), Jaromir Jagr (March, 2001), Pavel Bure (March, 2001) and Joe Sakic (March, 2000). The last NHL player to score MORE than 15 was Mario Lemieux, who scored 17 goals in December, 1996. No other player has scored more than 15 goals in a single month since then. Perry also co-led the NHL (also Daniel Sedin) in scoring (21 points) and ranked first in game-winning goals (4). His 15 goals accounted for the highest goal-scoring month by a Ducks player in club history. Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne previously shared the record (Kariya had 13 in January 2000 and Selanne recorded 13 in November 1997).

· In addition to his “First Star of the Month” recognition for March, Perry also received NHL “Stars of the Week” honors on four occasions this season: First Star of the Week on Apr. 4, Second Star of the Week on Mar. 28 and Third Star of the Week on both Mar. 14 and Feb. 7

· In his last 16 contests of the season, Perry scored 19-11=30 points with a +13 rating, seven multi-goal games, five game-winning goals, and two overtime goals. Of those 19 goals, eight occurred during the third period or overtime. Perry helped lead Anaheim to a 12-4-0 record in those 16 games. Perry also recorded 14-9=23 points with a +11 rating in his last 12 games of the season. He recorded a 10-game point streak from Mar. 19-Apr. 6 (14-8=22, +11), which was tied for the longest active streak in the NHL at the time (with NSH’s Kostitsyn).

· Perry has scored a career-high four shorthanded goals this season, establishing a new club record in the category (previously 3, set several times).

· He has three hat tricks this season, matching the club record for most hat tricks by a Ducks player in a single season (Selanne also had three in 1997-98): Dec. 12 vs. MIN: scored his first career hat trick as part of a career and franchise-tying five-point game (3-2=5). It was the second time in club history a player has scored a hat trick on the PP, at EV and SH (also P. Kariya, 1/10/97 vs. BUF). Also Feb. 5 @ COL: Had 3-0=3 points in a 3-0 shutout, becoming the first player in Ducks history to score ALL three of his team’s goals in a win. Perry also became the first player in team history to record a hat trick while scoring every goal in a shutout. He was just the fourth player to accomplish the feat in an NHL game over the last six seasons (also Philadelphia’s Mike Knuble, 2/2/08; Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, 4/5/08; Columbus’ Rick Nash, 11/20/10; all in 3-0 wins). Lastly Apr. 6 vs. SJ: Perry reached the 50-goal plateau on his third goal of the game as part of a four-point night. In addition, Perry’s second goal served as the game-winner, establishing a new franchise record for most game-winning goals in a season (11).

· Perry scored back-to-back OT goals (first two of his career) on Mar. 19 at LA and Mar. 20 vs. CGY, becoming the first Ducks player to record OT goals in back-to-back games and the first in the NHL to do so since Todd Bertuzzi (DET) on Dec. 11-12, 2009.

· Perry became only the second Ducks player in club history to lead the NHL in goals. Teemu Selanne led the league outright with 47 in 1998-99 and shared the lead with Peter Bondra (52) in 1997-98.

· The Ducks have had two previous Hart Trophy finalists (MVP): Paul Kariya (1996-97) and Teemu Selanne (1997-98). No Ducks player has ever won the award. The only players on California-based teams to WIN the Hart are Wayne Gretzky (Los Angeles, 1988-89) and Joe Thornton (San Jose, 2005-06).

Thanks to Alex Gilchrist at Ducks Media Relations for the info.

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