Thursday, May 18, 2017

Statisfaction: Ducks Win, Perry Ties NHL Record for OT Goals in Single Season

Welcome to Statisfaction, your daily dose of NHL-related numbers and factoids. Tonight we'll discuss Corey Perry's OT heroics, Cam Fowler's all-around awesomeness and the Ducks improved penalty kill. Stats via Natural Stat Trick, Corsica Hockey and

1. Perry Ties for Most OT Goals in Single Playoff Season

Corey Perry's unassisted overtime winner at 10:25 of the first extra session gave the Anaheim Ducks a split in Nashville and leveled the Western Conference Final at two games apiece. It was a huge goal for the Ducks, and it was a milestone tally for Perry. The goal ties the 32-year-old with Mel Hill (1939) and Maurice Richard (1951) for most overtime goals in a playoff year.

In the history of the NHL playoffs, only four players have scored more overtime winners than the Ontario native, who now has four. Joe Sakic (8), Maurice Richard (6) Glen Anderson (5) and Patrick Kane (5) are the four.

Perry needed a little puck luck to get it done tonight. His shot from the board caromed off the stick of P.K. Subban and up over Pekka Rinne.

2. Nashville's home playoff winning streak ends at ten

The Predators became the first NHL team to win 10 consecutive home playoff games at home in 19 years with their Game 3 win over the Ducks, and the 15th to achieve the feat in history. The last two teams to do the trick (1997-98 Avalanche and 1996-97 Red Wings) each won the Cup.

3. Cam Fowler on Fire

Cam Fowler was a big reason the Ducks had a dominant first period on Thursday. He was flying all over the ice and a big reason that the Ducks were able to tilt the ice in their favor in the first period. Fowler, who leads all Ducks defensemen with eight points, did not stop there. He paired with Josh Manson and the two managed a plus-10 5-on-5 Corsi and a plus-1 overall. Manson led all Ducks with a 63.04 CF% (29CF, 17CA) and he was on for 10 scoring chances for and 6 against. Fowler has been primarily paired with Sami Vatanen in the playoffs, but the insertion of Kevin Bieksa into the lineup forced some changes on the Ducks blue line. Bieksa skated with Vatanen and they struggled badly in possession. With the Bieksa / Vatanen pairing on the ice at even strength, the Ducks managed 11 shot attempts for and 22 against.

4. Ducks Penalty kill improving as playoffs progress

The Ducks allowed 6 power play goals from 16 times shorthanded against the Flames, then allowed seven power play goals from 26 times shorthanded against the Oilers, but they have tightened things up significantly against the Predators. Thus far they have only allowed 1 power play goal from 19 times shorthanded, good for a 94.1 percent kill rate.

The killed off all five Predator power plays in Game 4, includin a 5-on-3 for 1:31 late in the third.

5. Johansen leads the playoffs in points per 60 minutes at even strength.

Ryan Johansen's line continues to get the best of the battle of the Ryans in this series, and his numbers show that he has been one of the best players at even strength all playoffs long. In fact, Johansen leaads the NHL in points per 60 in these playoffs at 5-on-5. Pity that he could not help the Predators score in his 6:28 of power play ice time tonight. Johansen got just one shot on goal in 27:28 of ice time in Game 4, but he was a plus-1.