ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – Corey Perry has made a living by scoring timely goals.
Perry scored his NHL-leading eighth winner of the season with 1.3 seconds on the clock in overtime, giving the Anaheim Ducks a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
The 2011 MVP has a league-best 30 winning goals since the start of the 2010-11 season.
“You could see it on his face every time he came to the bench. He was getting so frustrated,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The last game and this game, he was getting so many good looks. Hopefully that’ll break the ice and he’ll do what he normally does.”
The Ducks went on the power play at 3:54 of overtime when defenseman Kevin Bieksa was called for hooking. Ryan Getzlaf passed the puck to Perry from the blue line for a shot that beat rookie goalie Eddie Lack for his team-high 23rd goal.
“I got the monkey off my back,” Perry said. “I saw a couple seconds on the clock, yelled for the puck going to the net and knew I had to shoot right away. It probably fooled him and found a way to go in.”
The Ducks, off to a franchise-best 31-8-5 start and at 17-0-2 at Honda Center, are the only team without a regulation loss at home.
Penguins 6, Jets 5
In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin scored twice in his return from injury.
James Neal added two goals for Pittsburgh, which matched a club record by winning its 12th straight home game. Jussi Jokinen scored his third goal in two games, and Matt Niskanen put in the winner with less than 8 minutes left.
Sharks 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)
In Chicago, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in a shootout, and San Jose earned its first victory in Chicago in three years.
Alex Stalock made 33 saves through overtime as the Sharks bounced back from a loss at Colorado on Saturday.
Hurricanes 2, Predators 1
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner both had a goal and an assist, and Anton Khudobin made 31 saves.
Skinner netted the winner with 3:31 left on a shot from the right wing that slipped under goalie Carter Hutton’s pads for his team-leading 20th goal.
Oilers 5, Lightning 3
In Edmonton, Jordan Eberle scored two goals, and the Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay.
It was the Oilers’ first win against a team above the playoff cutline in a month.