Perry Shines in OT Victory at Los Angeles
By Kyle Shohara - AnaheimDucks.com - Sept. 30th, 2015
LOS ANGELES – In a game that was highlighted by heavy hitting, dramatic saves and a memorable fight, the Ducks proved why the shootout could soon be a thing of the past. The contest was going to feature the new 3-on-3 format regardless of the outcome through regulation, so it was only fitting this one remained tied through regulation.
In the end, it took Corey Perry (along with linemates Rickard Rakell and Cam Fowler) 43 seconds to win it for Anaheim, which improved its preseason record to 3-0-1. Anton Khudobin was stellar in net, earning the game’s No. 1 star with his 31-save performance. The victory was his second in as many starts.
"He can’t do better than that," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. "He’s made some ten-bell saves. In the first period, he made that backdoor save; the anticipation. Competition is a great thing. You can tell he wants to be the No. 1 guy, and he’s going out there and showing how good he is."
The offense picked up just a few minutes into the game when Kings forward Trevor Lewis was denied on the doorstep by Khudobin. On the ensuing shift, it was LA goaltender Jhonas Enroth who would come up big, robbing Andrew Cogliano on a rebound opportunity. Khudobin came up big once more after the Kings capitalized on a Ducks turnover just inside the blueline, which left Michael Mersch uncontested in front of the veteran netminder.
Khudobin turned aside the point-blank opportunity before Tanner Pearson corralled the rebound and fired it over the top of the net. Anaheim’s first test on the penalty kill occurred at the 6:41 mark of first period on a Perry holding infraction. After successfully killing the two-minute minor, the Ducks ended up with a power play of their own after Kings defenseman Jeff Schultz went to the box for holding. Anaheim’s power play, which entered the game having only scored twice in 12 opportunities, was unsuccessful.
|Anaheim Ducks 2015 Preseason Schedule|
|Tuesday, Sept. 22||@ Colorado||Pepsi Center||6 p.m.|
|Friday, Sept. 25||LOS ANGELES||Honda Center||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Sept. 26||@ San Jose||SAP Center||6 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Sept. 29||@ Los Angeles||Staples Center||7:30 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct. 1||COLORADO||Honda Center||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 3||SAN JOSE||Honda Center||6 p.m.|