The NHL had a conference call with reporters Friday morning to get Ducks' winger Corey Perry the recognition he deserves. Below is part of the Q & A.
There has always been an East Coast bias, especially with the Ducks and Kings not the favorites of NBC or Versus, but maybe this time the voters will look at the 25-year-old Perry and award him the Hart Trophy, since he almost single-handedly propelled the Ducks into the top eight of the Western Conference.The Hart goes to the league's most valuable player.
He also is in contention for the Maurice Richard Trophy, which goes to the season's top goal scorer. With five games left in the regular season, Perry could reach the magical 50. Right now he has 46 goals and 89 points. His surge -- he had a league-high 15 goals in March, inclduing four game-winners -- helped the Ducks post an 11‑3‑0 record for the month.
Perry, who also tied Vancouver's Daniel Sedin for the March lead in points at 21, wouldn't be the first Duck to have 50 goals in a season. Paul Kariya reached that milestone in 1995-96, while Teemu Selanne did it twice, with 51 goals in 1996-97 and 52 goals the following season.
And in case you you missed it, The Times profiled Perry this week.
The Ducks head to San Jose for Saturday night's game against the Sharks. Here are some excerpts from Friday's conference call:
Question: Obviously with your recent run here, you've put yourself in contention to win the Maurice Richard Trophy, is that something you thought was a possibility in your career prior to this recent stretch?
Answer: I don't know if you can ever say that you're going to win it. I mean, you have to have a lot of great bounces and teammates to play with. I have to give a lot of credit to them. Recently it's been going well, and you know, I’m just trying to help the team win. That's all I'm worried about.
Q: That being said, is it going to be possible to avoid thinking about the potential 50 goals in the final week and a half of the season.
A: It's tough to ‑‑ it's tough not to think about it. But you know, you never know what can