Corey Perry led all skaters with seven shots on goal, but he finished with a minus-1 rating as his Anaheim Ducks were eliminated with a 2-1 Game 7 home loss to the Predators on Wednesday.
Perry failed to light the lamp in this series despite attempting 21 shots, and compounded the lack of scoring with poor defensive play en route to a minus-7 rating. The Ducks surely expected better production out of the six-time 30-goal scorer, but Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne had his number all series.
Corey Perry notched an assist in Tuesday's 3-0 victory against the Predators in Game 3.
Perry scored 34 goals in the regular season, leaving most wondering when the winger will find twine in these playoffs. While the Anaheim Ducks pulled out the road win, the 30-year-old may be needed for more than the two assists he's accumulated so far, especially with Anaheim's back still against the wall after losing home ice. In three games, the 60-plus point veteran has recorded just six shots (five in Game 1 and none in Game 2), a tell-tale sign that Perry needs to be more aggressive around the crease.
Corey Perry finished the 2015-16 season with 34 goals, 28 assists and 68 PIM in 82 games played.
This whole Anaheim Ducks team had a theme of coming from the bottom of the barrel all the way to the top, and Perry was no different. While his season wasn't as drastically down as some of his teammates, he still ended the season much stronger than he started it. Once January hit, though, Perry really turned it on with 21 goals and 17 assists in his final 46 games. While his overall point total was his lowest in a full slate of games since the 2011-12 season, he certainly ended the season on a high note and will give his team a huge boost in the playoffs should he be able to continue this level of play.
Corey Perry potted a goal in Sunday's win over the Capitals.
The tally proved to be the game-winner, clinching the Pacific Division crown for Anaheim. Perry finished the regular season with 62 points -- down from some of his better years -- but he closed it out strong with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his last 15 games as he gears up for a postseason run.