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Pest- Perry Or Holmstrom?

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.

continue to vote on “Who is the bigger pain to deal with on the ice” or comment below.

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perfection's avatar

utterly absurd comparison….

one has amazing skill but that has nothing to do with him being a pest. he is a pest because he is a whiny goonbitch. he would be that whether he had any hockey skill or not.

the other player on the other hand is a pest precisely because of his skill. his ability to be so incredibly effective is what makes him such a pest.


Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 12/02/10 at 05:45 PM ET

Twig's avatar

never really thought of either as a pest. when i think of a pest, i think of avery or tootoo.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 12/02/10 at 05:59 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 12/02/10 at 06:04 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

What’s the difference between running a goalie and screening a goalie?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 12/02/10 at 06:05 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

never really thought of either as a pest. when i think of a pest, i think of avery or tootoo.

Make no mistake, Tomas Holmstrom is a pest. The thing is, he’s a talented pest. The stereotype that Swedes don’t like to mix it up gets lost in Tomas Holmstrom. - EA Sports

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 12/02/10 at 06:09 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

And because he’s a Swede, anyone who wants apparently can beat him like a drum with absolutely no fear of penalty.  That he is willing to take on that beating over and over again only increases my admiration for him.

Posted by duhduhduh on 12/02/10 at 06:21 PM ET

CaptNorris5's avatar


Perry’s a pest because he’s a douchebag. Homer’s a pest because he’s better at positioning than all forwards and defenseman, and most goalies. He’s a pest in the way that Miguel Cabrera is a pest every time he hits a home run, or the way Adrian Peterson is a pest every time he runs for a TD. He’s a “pest” because he’s good.

Perry’s a pest because he’s a shitty human being.

Posted by CaptNorris5 from The Winged Wheel, stuck in Chicago on 12/02/10 at 06:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Holmstrom scores the dirtiest and hardest goals no one wants to do.  And he has done it for the longest time.  He’s the Swedish Dino Ciccarelli.

Perry scored the longest own-goal in NHL history.  ‘Nuff said.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/02/10 at 06:53 PM ET

Viqsi's avatar

I find it highly disturbing that I find myself in agreement with so many Red Wings fans. Is that even allowed?

Posted by Viqsi on 12/02/10 at 07:53 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Homer’s ass is the best power play weapon we have!

The great thing about him is that he does not fight dirty.  He takes his beatings and gets up and comes back for more.

What a great warrior!

Perry is a pest in the tradition of Kurt Maltby.  That is all.

Posted by w2j2 on 12/02/10 at 08:31 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Sometimes their zeal for competition straddles the line or crosses over it.

The only thing about Homer that “stradles the line” is his big Swedish butt. With Fairy, almost everything he does on the ice straddles the line – and most of what he does crosses it.

Homer is a warrior in the finest sense of the word. Fairy is a mean-spirited little prick in the worst possible sense of that phrase. Those who love hockey will miss Homer when he retires. No one who loves hockey will miss Fairy when he drags his sorry ass out of the game.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/03/10 at 02:37 AM ET

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