David Perron (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks are starting to find their offensive touch, and that’s not a good thing for opposing teams. Watch as David Perron finishes off a beautiful passing play involving Chris Stewart and Ryan Getzlaf.
There was a time, not so long ago, when the Anaheim Ducks couldn’t score if the net was empty and Ryan Getzlaf had a breakaway. The Ducks’ goal scoring troubles have started to disappear, though.
Since the beginning of January, the Ducks have the fifth-most goals of any team with 53. That’s the same total as the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins, and puts Anaheim only seven back of the offensive-juggernaut that is the Washington Capitals. It’s not just that simple shots from the outside are starting to go in for the Ducks, either. Rather, Anaheim has started to gel and there’s no better example of how dangerous the Ducks can be than David Perron’s goal Thursday night.
That’s not just four good passes by the Ducks, that’s four perfect passes. Stewart’s chip to Perron sets him up for the one-touch drop pass to Getzlaf, who then makes a slick backhand feed back to Stewart for the one-touch pass to Perron. Perron’s patience to beat Joonas Korpisalo was the cherry on top.
Heading into Thursday’s game, only the Capitals have been as hot as the Ducks over their past 10 outings. Anaheim’s 7-2-1 record comes as a result of a five-game winning streak that was recently snapped and the Ducks, who once looked questionable to make the post-season, are now only one point back of the San Jose Sharks for second in the Pacific Division and only seven points back of the division-leading Los Angeles Kings.