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Corey Perry ready to carry the Ducks on his back

The right wing has 15 goals and 21 heading into Saturday's regular-season finale at home against Phoenix.

April 26, 2013|By Lance Pugmire
  • Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) talks to captain and center Ryan Getzlaf during a break in play against the Flames earlier this month in Calgary.
Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) talks to captain and center Ryan Getzlaf… (Derek Leung / Getty Images )

Corey Perry was a fresh-faced second-year player and just 21 when the Ducks started their playoff run to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007.

Now, the 2010-11 Hart Trophy winner is a little more than a month removed from signing an eight-year, $69-million extension, and the attention on him is far more glaring with the Stanley Cup playoffs just days away.

"Starting from a young age and maturing as a player, you're taught to put the team on your back," Perry said after practice Friday at Honda Center. "Everybody wants to do that."

Perry has two goals and three assists in the last five games, and it isn't the first time he has gone on a scoring streak this season. From Feb. 15 to March 10 — when the Ducks (30-11-6) were going 9-1-2 — Perry had eight goals and 10 assists.

He has 15 goals and 21 assists for the season heading into Saturday's regular-season finale at home against Phoenix.

Health watch

Ducks wing Bobby Ryan, who left Canada early to return home and recover from the flu, practiced Friday and said he was feeling better.

Asked if he'll play the finale against Phoenix, Ryan said, "I'll try."

Coach Bruce Boudreau said defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower body injury) will remain sidelined.

"We want to win, end on a high note and feel good about ourselves going into our playoffs," Boudreau said of the otherwise inconsequential game.

Surprise, surprise

Reporters in Vancouver worked to get Boudreau to reveal which goalie he will start in Game 1 of the playoffs, which could open Tuesday at Honda Center against Detroit, Minnesota or Columbus.

He wasn't biting. And goalie Viktor Fasth wasn't any more forthcoming.

Asked after Friday's practice if he fully understands how Boudreau gauges who will start between Fasth and Jonas Hiller, Fasth said, "No."

"You just have to be ready and focus on every game, and when you get the call, you have to be ready," Fasth said.

Fasth, a 30-year-old rookie, won his first eight starts and posted his fourth shutout Monday against Edmonton. His goals-against average is 2.10.

Hiller, who began the season as the starter, has won his last two starts and has one shutout, with a 2.36 goals-against average.

"You always want to play games," Fasth said. "We played a whole season to be in the playoffs. That's where all the fun starts."

Boudreau explained Friday, "Hilly makes the more spectacular of the saves. Viktor's more of a great positional goalie. They're both great, both stop the puck, both compete. … You're hoping you can't go wrong" with either one.


When: 7. Where: Honda Center.

On the air: TV: KDOC. Radio: None.

Record vs. Coyotes: 1-0-2.

Etc. The Ducks will be watching the scoreboard to see who emerges as their first-round playoff opponent. They are 3-0 against Minnesota, 1-2 versus Detroit and 0-1-2 against Columbus.

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