|COREY PERRY, Ducks|
|10, 9, 8 . . . GOAL!|
|In spite of an uncharacteristically low goal count from Corey Perry this year, the Ducks find themselves in their accustomed spot near the top of the Pacific Division.
Perry, who has a 50-goal season under his belt in 2010-11 and 110 goals over the previous three seasons, has scored just 11 times this season while not missing a game. But, as you’ll see here, his vaunted confidence has hardly been dented. And, in truth, he’s having a very fine season as a playmaker. His 28 assists represent his fifth best total since coming into the league in 2005 — and there’s still 26 games left.
With time running down in the first period against Buffalo, however, Perry determined he was the Ducks best option.
Perry took possession of the puck in the far right corner of the Sabres zone, and he wouldn’t relinquish it until seven seconds later it was in the Buffalo net.
His journey took him all the way behind the end line to the opposite corner, encountering token resistance along the way. Then with six seconds remaining in the period, Perry sliced through the left circle, with two Sabres failing to strip him of the puck. And then a neat little bubble opened on the ice.
Nobody was within 10 feet of the Anaheim right winger as he cruised to the top of the left circle with 4 seconds remaining on the clock. Just as he finally felt some pressure as he entered the high slot, he whipped a hard wrist shot under a leaping Ryan Getzlaf and between the pads of Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner.
Perry’s tour of the Sabres end of the ice resulted in the only goal of the first period and sparked the Ducks to a 5-2 win in Buffalo.
|2/9/2017 vs. Buffalo.
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