Perry hat trick keeps Ducks in playoff chase
Corey Perry capped his third career hat trick with his National Hockey League-leading 50th goal during a dynamic four-point performance, and the Anaheim Ducks kept pace in a tight playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
Rookie Cam Fowler, Teemu Selanne and Jason Blake also scored as Anaheim rebounded from backto-back losses to stay in a seventhplace tie with Chicago in the Western Conference standings.
Both clubs have 95 points apiece and two games to go.
The Ducks’ victory eliminated the Calgary Flames, but the 10th-place Dallas Stars still have a chance with 91 points and a game in hand.
Perry all but wrapped up his first Richard Trophy and burnished his MVP credentials with the biggest night yet in his remarkable lateseason scoring binge. He became just the third 50-goal scorer in Ducks history and the Western Conference’s first 50-goal scorer since Calgary’s Jarome Iginla in 2007-08.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf had four assists and Bobby Ryan had three while their linemate lit up Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki, who made 28 saves in his first start since Jan. 13.
With 19 goals in his past 14 games, Perry is six goals ahead of Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the NHL goal-scoring title with two games to play.
Perry also moved into second place on the NHL scoring chart with 97 points, behind only Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin (100).
Dan Boyle and Ben Eager scored for the Sharks.