Corey Perry has been the Ducks MVP for quite some time now. But this season, when we need him most, I feel he’s been doing the exact opposite.
Perry is no stranger to starting crap. When the Ducks are being dominated, it isn’t uncommon for him to start shoving players and mini-scrums between the teams. I assume its because he is frustrated, but thats not something a top player does.
When the team needs someone to step up and bring the team back in the game, an MVP is who the fans turn toward. Perry hasn’t been doing that this season, and its been a problem.
The Situation: It was the third period, with roughly 5-6 minutes left in the game. Winnipeg was up 5-3 and they were mostly in control for the period.
What Perry Should Have Done: Create some momentum with the team, score a goal and bring the game back into reach.
What Perry Actually Did: He got frustrated, started shoving players and threw unnecessary hits. This caused momentum, but for the Jets, not the Ducks. It also could cause stupid penalties which would pretty much diminish any chance of the team coming back. Two goals doesn’t take a miracle to come back from.
I know Perry isn’t the captain, but when Getzlaf has been mostly useless all season, somebody steps it up. Thats what Perry has done for the Ducks in the past, and that’s what he needs to do again.
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