Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been preparing for these moments for their entire adult lives. Nearly 14 years after the Anaheim Ducks drafted them together, they've built a mental connection that remains indelible through any playoff pressure or defensive determination.
So when Getzlaf found the puck and a sliver of space on the boards in the second overtime of a crucial playoff game Friday night, Perry's feet moved before his thoughts.
"Right to the net," Perry said. "He had eyes up, and he had time, and I was yelling for that puck the whole way."
After the unprecedented comeback required just to get back into Game 5, the Ducks finished it...