Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry didn’t find the score sheet Thursday night, but he still made one of Game 3’s best plays. After snapping his stick on a near 2-on-1, Perry headed to the bench, grabbed a new stick and fired a chance on goal without skipping a beat. Had Perry scored, the Ducks’ equipment manager should have been scored with an assist.
If Corey Perry would have scored on his best chance of Thursday’s Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, it would have made sense had the scoring summary read that Perry scored with assists to Patrick Maroon and the Ducks’ equipment staff.
Perry, who already has eight goals and 16 points in 12 post-season games, was tearing up ice on what looked like it would be a clean-cut 2-on-1 when his stick snapped in half with some help from Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya. Without a second thought, Perry skated straight to the Ducks’ bench and, without missing a stride, grabbed a new stick, picked up a puck rebounding off the boards and fired an attempt right on Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford. The whole play really is something to watch:
While Perry didn’t manage to find the back of the net, the play itself will stand as one of the more skilled ones we’ve seen from him this post-season. It’s the presence of mind to not quit on the play that’s especially astounding, considering he could have easily raised his arms to the referees to question why there wasn’t a slashing call on what could have been a prime scoring opportunity. Even still, broken stick and all, Perry turned it into a good chance.
Perry’s attempt with the new stick was one of four shots he registered Thursday night. The Ducks, on goals by Maroon and defenseman Simon Despres, went on to a 2-1 victory. With the Game 3 victory, Anaheim now holds a 2-1 series lead and has taken back home-ice advantage from the Blackhawks.