OFF THE PLATE: NOVEMBER 2008
(Nov. 4, 2008)—ANAHEIM, Calif.—For the first time since instituting the award in 1981-1982, the National Hockey League named three players, collectively, as First Star of the Week. Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and right wings Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne earned the honor for the period ending on Nov. 2.
Over a four-game stretch that started on Oct. 27 in Columbus and ended on Sunday, Nov. 2 against Calgary, Getzlaf (10 points) and Perry and Salanne (each with nine points), held the top three posts in league scoring for the week. The trio's combined 10-18=28 points came with a +7 rating.
The 23-year old Getzlaf scored 2-8=10 points with a +4 rating in four games. His five-assist (0-5=5) night on Oct. 29 vs. Detroit set career highs and tied club records for both points and assists, according to the Anaheim Ducks organization. The Detroit game marked the 11th five-point game in club history—Perry recorded the 12th on Oct. 31 vs. Vancouver—and the third five-assist game in club history.
The 216-pound, 6' 4" center from Saskatchewan not only became the fourth player ever to record a five-point game in a Ducks uniform (Perry is now the fifth), but he is now the second NHL player in the past 11 seasons to assist on all five of his team's winning goals in overtime (5-4). The last player to do this was Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Alexandre Picard on Feb. 1, 2007 in their 6-5 post-regulation loss to the New Jersey Devils. The last player before Getzlaf to assist on all five goals to help his team win in overtime was the Toronto Maple Leafs' Doug Gilmour in their 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Jan. 22, 1997.
Perry, 23, is also enjoying career highs with his seven-game assist streak (3-11=14), just one game away of tying Scott Niedermermayer's franchise record. Perry also leads the team in scoring and is tied for third in the league with 3-12=15 points in 13 games.
The 38-year old Selanne scored six of the Ducks’ seven power play goals during the seven-day span, currently leading the NHL in the category. The Helsinki, Finland native also collected his 700th point as a Duck in the same contest and moved into a tie with Guy Lafleur for 20th on the all-time goals list (560).
Get more Astute ...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JUDY'S FAVORITE SITES