Through the worst of times, when the
"We dug ourselves a hole," he said, "and we found a way to get out of it."
The Ducks gave themselves a lot of digging to do, but they've erased nearly their entire deficit. Perry's hat trick in the Ducks' 4-2 victory over the
"Everybody is contributing and playing their role," Perry said after recording his ninth career hat trick, a number that's second in franchise history to the 13 recorded by
All three goals were vintage Perry — from around the net, all made possible by the tenacity and peskiness that make him so unpopular in rinks around the
The distance on his three goals Sunday might have added up to 15 feet.
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Perry freely acknowledged that his goals — one in the first period, one in the second and one in the third — were due in part to luck. And the Ducks were lucky, too, that the timekeepers erroneously did not run the clock back after an apparent goal by the Kings in the third period was reviewed and found to have been offside. The Kings should have gotten about 35 seconds back after the Ducks successfully challenged the play, as league officials told The Times via email.
But in Perry's case, at least, luck was the residue of hard work.
"I had some good bounces tonight," he said, referring to a fortunate bounce off the end boards on his second goal, a power-play goal at 17 minutes 57 seconds of the second period that went off the end boards and then off goaltender Jonathan Quick. "Those are bounces that you need. ... We had three power-play goals, so our power play was working tonight. It's a close-checking game out there when you play those guys. It's a man's game. You've got to be ready to play."
They were ready Sunday, with a division title, so unlikely a quest in October and November and into December, now a realistic goal.
"We can see it in our sights now and it's getting closer," Perry said. "But at the same time we've got to keep playing our style of game, keep going out there doing what we do and keep working hard."
"You have to believe guys like Corey and Getzlaf are going to turn it around. Their body of work over the last 10 years has proved that they're going to be that good in the end," Boudreau said. "I think when he won the Hart Trophy, in March [of that season] he scored in every game, type of thing.
"He knows where the net is and in big games, he's a good player, a great player."
And he's playing for a team that has been very, very good, despite what it looked like at the start.