NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Perry had the best regular season of his career. Now the Anaheim right winger is showing how special he can be in the playoffs.
Perry scored short-handed at 1:17 of the third period to put Anaheim ahead to stay and the Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 6-3 on Wednesday night to tie the first-round series 2-2. Perry also had two assists.
"Special player making a special play," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said of the forward who led the NHL with 50 goals and was third in points with 98. "Very, very fortunate any time you can score a goal short-handed we got to feel pretty lucky. ... Corey Perry had the skill. One-on-one he is very deceptive, and the backhand shot went in short side. That's a big time play."
Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim, with Ducks forward Bobby Ryan set to return from a two-game suspension.