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Corey Perry pushes for Ducks to match his early taste of playoff success
Corey Perry pushes for Ducks to match his early taste of playoff success

When Corey Perry was 21 and a quietly observant NHL rookie, he played a supporting role as the Ducks reached the 2006 Western Conference finals. The following season, Perry and linemate Ryan Getzlaf led the team in playoff scoring but still deferred to the leadership of veterans Chris Pronger, Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer as the dominating Ducks won the Stanley Cup. Not a bad start to a career — and ample reason for Perry to believe every season would be like those, infused with personal and team success. Although the tenacious right wing has become a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada and was voted the NHL's most valuable player for the 2010-11 season after...

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