It was suggested elsewhere on the Web that Corey Perry’s never-ending points streak (which reached 17 games Friday) is “criminally underreported.”
Hey, it’s not our fault.
After picking up a nice assist Friday, Perry reiterated the attitude he’s maintained throughout the streak: “It’s great, but I’m not too worried about it. I’m playing my game and if things happen they happen. When the team’s playing well, we’re happy and that’s all that matters.”
Already the quietest man in the locker room, Perry is doing his best to hush talk about the streak, which on Friday tied Teemu Selanne’s franchise record, set in 1999. Coincidentally, he tied this record by assisting on Selanne’s first-period power play goal, providing the “tac” in a tic-tac-toe passing play started by Ryan Whitney.
The opportunity to shut down the Blackhawks’ top line of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa on Friday also allowed Perry to shine on defense. Ironically, as his points streak grows, so too does Perry’s reputation as a shutdown defender.
“It just shows that Randy (Carlyle) has confidence in us, that he’s putting us out there in crucial situations,” he said. “When your coach is doing that your confidence is going to build. We play our best when we’re playing a lot of minutes.”
A goal or an assist Sunday against Phoenix would give Perry sole possession of the franchise record. Former Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky (no surprise there) holds the NHL record with a point in 51 consecutive games.
So when do you actually join with hockey fans and celebrate the streak?
“There is no time for that,” Perry said. “You go in game in game out, play hockey. It’s the same game every night. You just go out and try to prove yourself every night, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”