I had some burning questions for Corey Perry and Cam Fowler after watching the two compete at the NHL’s All-Star weekend in Raleigh.
On Jan. 8, Fowler won the Ducks’ intrasquad speedskating competition in 13.945 seconds. The course looked the same, and the timing was just as digital, but there’s no way of knowing if we can make an apples-to-apples comparison to the times recorded by the All-Stars at Saturday’s fastest skater comptition. Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders won the event, posting a low time of 14.061 seconds.
If in fact Fowler’s time can be accurately compared to the past winners of the league’s fastest skater competitions, his 13.945 puts him in elite company. Among the seven who have recorded better times since 1992? Fowler’s landlord/mentor, Scott Niedermayer.
So why did Fowler compete in the hardest shot competition instead?
“That’s what captain Nick Lidstrom put me in,” Fowler said Monday. “It was his call. I think he had, obviously, a lot to mix together. You can’t go wrong with guys like Taylor Hall and Duncan Keith, all those guys. I’m not sure if he was aware that I don’t have the most powerful shot in the league.”
Fowler’s fastest shot clocked in at 93.8 mph, ahead of only Rick Nash among the 12 competitors.
Speaking of Nash, Perry had a sweet set-up on Nash’s goal in the third period of the game Sunday. The two have played together before — at last year’s Olympic games and on the 2001-02 London Knights — but the play was far from planned.
“He yelled, and I threw it over,” Perry said.
Nor did Perry plan his move on Jonas Hiller during the shootout competition Saturday, a simple top-shelf forehand that was the first shot Hiller saw. “I gave it to him a bit there,” Perry said. “He knew everything in my arsenal. I just went in on him and shot. I got lucky.”
Perry got lucky three times, to be exact, beating Hiller, Tim Thomas and Marc-Andre Fleury to win the shootout event. Perry usually goes first in shootouts for the Ducks, but is only 1-for-6 on his shootout tries this season.
“Hopefully it helps me out,” he said.