The Anaheim Ducks moved into a tie for first in the NHL with Monday night's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders, and it's not difficult to see why they've been so successful. They're 11-0-2 at the Honda Center, for one thing, making them the league's only team without a regulation loss at home.
Also they have Corey Perry, who happens to be pretty incredible, and demonstrated this fact with a dazzling goal of the year candidate from his knees. Watch and marvel:
Lovely move to step around Calvin de Haan, but the real magic here comes after he's taken down, and still manages to corral this puck and fire it past Anders Nilsson. Corey Perry, getting it done from his knees like a grandma in prayer.
This is about as spirit-breaking a goal as you're going to see too. It doubled the Ducks' lead -- a lead they took less than a minute earlier. It did so just seconds from the intermission. Those things alone are enough to break a team's spirit. But it was also just gorgeous -- gorgeous enough to make a team wonder why they should even bother anymore.
Unsurprisingly, the Islanders failed to come any closer in the third, instead surrendering another goal to Corey Perry, because, well, why bother trying to defend him anymore after this?
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