Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/02/10 at 05:17 PM ET
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Both are among the most respected members of their respective teams. Both make their living around the net. And both have a way of riling up the opposition — especially the goalies.
Whether it’s part of the reason why they’re so effective or whether they just delight in being a nuisance, the Ducks’ Corey Perry and Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom are equally good at providing offense and digging their way under the skin of the players they go up against.
Perry, 25, is the more naturally talented player and he leads the Ducks with 28 points this season, including 12 goals. Holmstrom, 37, has just six goals but he’s got 220 in his career and is arguably the best at battling for position inside and screening a goalie for his teammates.
Sometimes their zeal for competition straddles the line or crosses over it. But Perry and Holmstrom probably wouldn’t be as effective as they are without playing on the edge.
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