TSN.ca's NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with a pair of players that are a real pain to play against.
The seventh match-up of the Round of 32 sees Anaheim Ducks sniper/bully Corey Perry go up against Boston Bruins pest/point-magnet Brad Marchand.
Perry's goal starts with something every elite NHL scorer is able to do on a regular basis: Use exceptional skill to force a defender into taking penalty.
He looks to be out of the play after a Calvin de Haan hip-check clips his knee and tumbles him to the ice. However, Perry keeps possession of the puck as the Isles converge on him to try to kill the play by touching the puck. From his knees, Perry has the poise to stickhandle from his backhand to forehand and flip a wrister throughthe nearest daylight he can find: Travis Hamonic's legs. The puck pinballs through Hamonic's legs, off the keeper and into the net, prompting an emphatic goal call by the ref.
Marchand's play is a study in second efforts.
The pesky Bruin gets around Drew Doughty and sets up what looks like it's going to be an incredible one-on-one effort against Jonathan Quick. Doughty's errant stick, however, breaks up the play before Marchand can get a decent shot off. This is not a problem for Marchand, who collects a poor clearance. He then proceeds to fake out Anze Kopitar and beat Quick five-hole with a quick shot. Doughty and Jeff Carter are left with nothing more to do than to watch it unfold. Not a bad effort when you victimize four Olympians with one play.
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