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Video: Corey Perry hits 50 goals with hat trick, pads Hart Trophy resume

Corey Perry

Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) watches hats fly onto the ice after he scores his first career hat trick against the Minnesota Wild in an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Ducks won the game 6-2. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)


The jury is still out on Corey Perry being the odds-on winner to nab the Hart Trophy, but if there was an award for the league’s second-half MVP, he would be a natural choice. Many people wondered if there would be a 50-goal scorer in the NHL this season once Sidney Crosby was injured and Steven Stamkos ran out of steam, yet Perry made sure that the 2010-11 season would include at least one.

Perry did so in convincing fashion, too, scoring his fiftieth on a hat trick goal in the second period as the Anaheim Ducks bombarded the San Jose Sharks 6-2 (more on that later tonight).

As Scott Cullen points out, Perry’s ridiculous run includes a whopping 19 goals in his last 14 games. Who knows if hitting the half-century mark in goals will be enough to woo voters to go his way against Henrik Sedin - you cannot really play the linemates game involving the Sedin twins when Perry skates with two elite forwards in Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan - but those kind of numbers definitely seem to jump out to many voters.

Either way, it’s an impressive jump in quality for a guy who already ranked among the league’s better forwards. Perry has progressed from a pest with serious goal scoring ability to a genuine force in the NHL. Watch this video clip to witness his impressive hat trick.
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