Perry scored twice in Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory over Dallas, giving him six goals and three assists in his last seven games. Before that, he had just three assists in a span of 12 games. “The bounces are going my way right now. Before, the puck was going one way and I was going the other way,” Perry said. “Scoring goals is my job and that’s what got me here.
“So I was putting a little pressure on myself and it was frustrating going through that stretch. My confidence is coming back.”
When the puck bounced his way against the Stars, he took advantage, including an outstanding shot for his second goal of the game and 11th of the season.
“He’s worked hard at getting through a valley he was in,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. “He’s got a tremendous amount of skill.”
Anaheim’s two Norris Trophy-winning defencemen, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, also scored to help the Ducks improve their NHL-best mark to 27-4-6.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots for his 23rd win of the season, also a league high. He’s 11-1 in his last 12 starts.
On his second goal, Perry picked up the loose puck near the right circle, skated into the slot, stopped, whirled and flipped the puck over goalie Marty Turco’s left shoulder to give Anaheim a 3-1 lead 13 seconds into the second period.
“I knew I didn’t have a backhand shot available, so I just turned and fired it,” Perry said. “I tried to get it up because I knew there would be a lot of traffic.”
Niedermayer added a power-play goal at 16:39 of the second, his sixth goal and 30th point, to give Anaheim a three-goal advantage.
The Stars held a closed-door meeting following the game, and coach Dave Tippett was grim afterward.
Asked about the Ducks, Tippett said, “We’re concerned with what we do, not what they do. We didn’t make it a hard enough game for them.
“We need more from everybody. These are real strong barometer games for us. There are some individuals who move up and some who move down. That’s the way it is.”
After the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period scores by Pronger and Perry, the Stars’ Stu Barnes narrowed the gap with a goal, his fourth, at 14:41.
Perry, turning in the second two-goal performance of his career, put Anaheim up 2-0 with his slap shot from the right circle, beating Turco at 11:38 of the opening period.
Pronger scored his seventh goal – and got his 38th point – with a 50-foot slap shot 3:22 into the game.
Anaheim got off 27 shots – 21 at Turco before he was replaced by Mike Smith at the start of the third period.
Dallas centre Mike Modano is sidelined by a hip injury and didn’t make the trip, missing his seventh consecutive game. The Stars also were without right winger Jere Lehtinen (flu).
Notes: Anaheim RW Teemu Selanne assisted on Niedermayer’s goal, Selanne’s 37th point in his last 25 games. … The Stars are 11-2 against Pacific Division rivals, 1-1 against Anaheim. … The Ducks have sold out four of their last five home games.