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Missed chance haunts Corey Perry

5/5/2014



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Ducks' Corey Perry had a yawning cage to shoot at in overtime Saturday night, only to be thwarted by a save by Kings defenseman Alec Martinez.

"I've seen it a few times," Perry told reporters in Anaheim on Sunday. "I've thought about it. He made a great play. He went down, and I thought I had it, it was an empty net. I tried to put it in, and he just got his leg on it. Those things happen, and it was the difference in [Saturday] night's game."

The 3-2 overtime loss made it hard to sleep.

"I was up for a while, thinking of what could have been," Perry said. "I thought we played a pretty solid game, a couple of bounces here and there and it could be a different story."

The Ducks played well enough to win, coughing up a 2-1 lead with seven seconds left in regulation.

"It makes it frustrating, but it makes it exciting for the next game," Perry said. "You kind of want to play right away and get after it again. [Monday] night, you do the same thing and hopefully it's a different outcome."

At the end of the day, a great opening game despite the result and likely a sign of things to come.

"It's going to be an exciting series," Perry said. "We know it wasn't going to be easy, they're a great team. It's going to be a long series. We expected that, it's going to be physical, exciting, probably low-scoring, great goaltending and everything you could ask for."

Teemu! Teemu!

There was a pretty special moment in the Game 1 loss, though, with the Honda Center going berserk when 43-year-old Teemu Selanne scored his first goal of the playoffs to put Anaheim up 2-1.

Even the Kings' team Twitter feed suggested that, if any Duck had to score, it might as well have been Selanne, emphasizing his tremendous popularity.

"It felt great; I haven't scored for a while, so it was pretty special," Selanne told reporters. "But I'm feeling pretty good, though, that's the key. I think our line played pretty well. I thought everyone played pretty well [Saturday] night. I don't think we had too many weak links last night. I thought we deserved better than that, but it's hockey and the goals matter and I just thought we couldn't put the game away. Tomorrow is a new opportunity."

It's only one game

It was a gut-wrenching loss, yes, because the Ducks gave up the lead so late, but, after watching film of the game, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knew his team played well enough to win.

"I thought we played pretty good, you know?" he told reporters Sunday. "And I thought we had much better chances to score than they did. When you don't score, when Corey missed that one in overtime, and then [Devante] Smith-Pelly missed a couple and Selanne missed a couple, you just knew it was a matter of time before they were going to get at least one good chance to score.

"There's an old saying: You got to make hay when the sun shines. When you get your chances, you got to put them in, and we didn't put them in. It doesn't mean it was a bad game. We counted today that they had three scoring chances 5-on-5. I don't know of when we've ever held a team to that.

"We're not depressed. We're ready to play [Monday], and hopefully play better and see where it ends up. I'd be more depressed if we didn't play any good and we lost, because I liked the way we did a lot of the things [Saturday], so hopefully we can continue to do that."