Only Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos have more goals over the past five seasons than Anaheim's Corey Perry. The one-time 50-goal man is as dangerous as any below the hashmarks. He's even lethal from his knees. And in tight with no defenders between he and the goaltender? Should be an automatic tally.
But Friday night, Perry and the hotter-than-the-Earth's-core Ducks took on the Blackhawks in a battle of the West's best, and No. 10 found himself all alone at the lip of the crease with only Corey Crawford left to beat. Here's the result:
Despite missing the pokecheck and shuffling around frantically in a posture that belongs in a game of mini-sticks, Crawford got a piece of Perry's backhander and stopped the A+ scoring chance. The Hawks prevailed 4-2, inching to within four points of the Ducks for first in the overall standings.