The Hockey News player of the week for the period of March 28 to April 3, 2011 is Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry.
With the Ducks holding on to the seventh seed in the close Western Conference playoff race, Perry collected seven points and was a plus-3 in three games, helping the Ducks to a 1-2-0 week.
Perry began the week with a three-point night, picking up two goals and an assist in a crucial 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames, with whom the Ducks are battling for the last few playoff spots. Three nights later, Perry had two assists in a 4-2 loss to their division rivals, the San Jose Sharks. Finally, in a game with playoff implications, Perry had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.
In all, Perry had three goals and four assists on the week.
With three games left in the season, the Ducks have a 44-30-5 record. Their 93 points are two ahead of ninth-place Calgary and two behind sixth-place Nashville.
After winning an Olympic gold medal in 2010 with the Canadian men’s team in Vancouver, Perry has had a productive season, posting 47 goals and 93 points mostly on the Ducks’ top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. Of late, Perry is on a nine-game point streak that has seen him post 18 points in that span. He currently has a three-goal lead over Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.