Like all NHL teams, the Ducks and their post-season aspirations hinge to a great degree on the health of their best players. So Anaheim suffered quite a fright when leading point-getter Corey Perry went down in agony with an apparently serious injury in Game 5 Sunday. (Perry turned out to be OK, thankfully.)
The Ducks’ season flashed before their eyes Sunday when star winger Corey Perry limped off the ice in obvious pain following an awkward collision with Calgary’s Matt Stajan in Game 5 of their second-round series. Luckily for them, Perry was fine – but for a moment, Perry and Ducks fans were in considerable agony.
The hit took place late in the second period in Anaheim with the Flames up 2-1 and the play just inside Calgary’s zone; Stajan was following the puck near the blueline and the Ducks’ bench, and turned into Perry as their legs collided. Stajan was none the worse for wear, but Perry had to hobble off immediately:
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A Ducks team without Perry would have a much tougher road to the Stanley Cup Final this year, so fans were anxious to say the least seeing him in such pain. However, the 29-year-old – whose 14 points entering Sunday’s action ranked him tops among all NHL playoff point-getters – returned to test out his leg later in the second (although he didn’t play a shift) and looks to be fine.
You can exhale now, Anaheim fans.