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Corey Perry's 50 goal season should not be looked at lightly going into the playoffs.
As the fourth seed, the Ducks managed to grab home ice advantage in this year’s playoffs by rattling off three straight wins to close out the season. This was, in no small part, thanks to the stellar play of Corey Perry down the stretch. Not only did Perry rip through March by scoring 15 goals and adding six assists in 14 games, he also jumped atop the leaderboard in goals this season with 50 when everything was said and done.
With three career hat tricks all occurring this season, as well as seven multi-goal games since March 9, Perry is the most dangerous scorer in the NHL heading into the playoffs. Not only is this said because of how well he has finished off the regular season, but because of his playoff success in the past, both in the NHL and in juniors.
Perry has notched 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 48 career playoff games in the NHL, including 15 points in 21 games en route to the 2007 Stanley Cup. His clutch playoff prowess goes far back to his playing with the London Knights in the OHL, where he scored 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 18 games in the 2005 OHL Playoffs and then added seven points (four goals, three assists) in the 2005 Memorial Cup, in which he was named tournament MVP.
If the Ducks are going to go far and be a threat, Perry will be the lightning rod for this Anaheim squad. If he, Ryan Getzlaf, and Ryan can get the regular help of secondary scoring, the Ducks will go deep.