Corey Perry is getting ribbed by his Anaheim Ducks teammates these days because he is scoring a lot of goals lately, and most of them seem to be coming from right in front of the net.
Tap-ins are how Ryan Getzlaf labels the offensive explosion with good-natured derision. They are the finishes to the plays that Getzlaf and his other linemate Bobby Ryan have started with regularity this season, and they have lifted Perry into a tie for the league goal scoring lead. So the joke is intended to imply that the unit’s right winger is letting others do most of the work, while conveniently overlooking the price one has to pay to be in that punishing area.
When I told Ducks coach Randy Carlyle about the big center’s attempt at humor, he retorted that he wouldn’t mind seeing Getzlaf tap in a few of Perry’s shots either. Perry thought his coach was funny, but said he really didn’t mind anyone trying to pigeon-hole the type of goals he’s getting.
“It means I’m battling, going to the net and that’s where my game really is,” Perry said. “I’m getting more ice time this season and playing in different situations so maybe that’s why more goals are coming, but I’m not changing my game. If I do that, I won’t be as effective.”
No one has accused Perry of lacking effectiveness during his first five NHL seasons. He scored 32 goals in one of those seasons and at least 25 in two others, and he’s become known as one of the league’s top agitators. Perry is a gritty forward who creates traffic and works corners well, and Carlyle says he is as good as anyone in the league bring the puck to the front of the net from the back.
Which is why the coach isn’t among those surprised by Perry’s increase in goals, even if most of them have come from in close.
“The opportunity for him to play in those areas has been there,” Carlyle said. “But he’s always been a goal scorer who can step over the blue line and beat goaltenders.
“He’s got a decent shot and he’s deceptive in the size. He’s a 6-3, 210-pound body who looks he’s kind of a rail type of thin frame. But he gets in and around the net and you get a lot of chances to score there.”
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Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:43 pm