Gifted goal-scorers can feel for a slumping brother at times. Except, of course, when the slumping scorer is the playoff opposition.
All those questions about
Perry, the NHL's most valuable player in 2011, heard the same questions when he struggled in the first round against the
"If I remember right, I was getting chances. They weren't going in," Perry said Monday morning in Anaheim, shortly before the Ducks departed for Calgary.
"Everybody is talking about Stamkos right now and he gets that one bounce and then all of a sudden he's moving.
"It's all about confidence. You look at goal-scorers around the league when they're in slumps. They try to shoot the puck a little bit more. Try to do different things. It just takes that one bounce before they all start going in."
Said Ducks Coach
The magic touch has belonged to Perry in these playoffs. He started fast — four points in Game 1 against Winnipeg — and has been unrelenting since, leading the league with 13 points.
Linemate and close friend, captain
Perry has been lethal in series openers. He had four points in Game 1 against the
"I've been through his ups and downs," Getzlaf said. "I think this year, coming in off last year and the year before … he really wanted to set a tone that he is the player that he is. He came in, he seems kind of on a mission to prove something in this playoff and it's fun to be a part of. It's fun to watch."
Getzlaf sensed that Perry has been more committed to a complete game at both ends of the rink.
"Not that he cheats all the time but at times, periods, last year I thought that he was cheating on the wrong side of the puck and this year he's been everything we've asked of him and everything that he is," Getzlaf said.
Perry's intensity skyrocketed in Winnipeg when the crowd chided him. Then he received a pregame jab via Flames forward David Wolf's stick during warmups at center ice. Wolf, who is 6 feet 3, made his playoff debut in Game 2.
Boudreau was not pleased by Wolf's antics.
"I'm gonna ask about that because that's something the league really frowns upon," he said. "We were warned in the last series of just skating across the line or straddling the line…. When I saw that, I'm wondering if the league is going to say something about it."
Then again, if Perry wasn't dialed in already, that surely helped the process. Memo to the rookie: Don't antagonize the feisty goal-scorer.
Perry's edge and burning desire have not been muted despite one
"I think that's why he's been so successful in life," Boudreau said. "When you're not expected to make the Team Canada in World Juniors, you're not expected to be on Team Canada, you just bully your way into these spots. You're not expected to win the Hart Trophy and you do these things. It shows your competitiveness and your combativeness."