Corey Perry’s huge second effort lifts Ducks to Game 1 win

With the Anaheim Ducks down 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets heading into the third period of Game 1, Corey Perry took over. After tying the game on the power play, Perry scored a fantastic tally on a great second effort. Initially, he was the only one who knew the puck had crossed the line, but the play was reviewed and the marker stood.

You’ll have to forgive Corey Perry for being quiet heading into the third period of Game 1 against the Winnipeg Jets. He was saving his energy for some late-game heroics.

Perry, who managed to find the score sheet in the first period with an early assist, was largely unnoticeable through the 38 minutes that followed Sami Vatanen‘s early first period goal that put the Ducks ahead 1-0. But in the third frame, with Anaheim down 2-1, Perry scored to knot the game at two. Then, 12 minutes later, Perry did what he does best: drove to the net, shielded the puck from a defender and scored a hard-nosed tally.

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Perry’s goal was his third point en route to a four-point night, three of which came in the third period. After notching the primary assist on Vatanen’s opening goal, Perry also registered the first helper on Ryan Getzlaf‘s insurance goal with three minutes remaining in the contest.

During the regular season, Perry missed two of the three contests between the Ducks and Jets. In the one game he did play in, he failed to register a point, but did put seven shots on goal. If he continues playing like this, Perry could be Winnipeg’s worst nightmare.