National Hockey League veteran Corey Perry has built quite the reputation for himself around the league for his ability to get under the skin of the opposition, but unfortunately for Perry he can sometimes be a little too successful for his own good.
On Saturday the Nashville Predators faced off against Corey Perry and his Dallas Stars and as is often the case Perry was deployed in a manner that gave him an opportunity to get under the skin of arguably the Predators most valuable player, team captain and defenseman Roman Josi. Perry was matched up with Perry on a number of occasions but there was one moment in the game in particular where he may have simply gone too far, resulting in some serious backlash courtesy of the aforementioned Predators and captain Roman Josi himself.
Perry and Josi were battling for position in front of the Predators net when Perry, as he is often known to do, decided he would use some rather underhanded tactics to get under Josi's skin, and it worked for him. Perry delivered what looked like a pretty stiff slash to the back of Josi's lef, an area of the body that everyone who has played the game knows is entirely unprotected, and rather sensitive to pain on top of that. Josi clearly did not appreciate the gesture and his retaliation for the blow was swift and harsh. Josi turned on Perry almost immediately and delivered a hard crosscheck that initially struck Perry in the shoulder but continued its momentum, striking him directly in the face as well and sending him plummeting to the ice in a heap.
It was a brutal blow on the part of Josi but there's no doubt that fans from around the league have completely sided with the Predators captain on this one, likely due in large part to that reputation I mentioned Perry has established for himself in the NHL. The Predators were not done there however and there was more payback in store for the Stars agitator. Predators forward Jared Tinordi would also give Perry a piece of his mind when he sent the Stars forward over the boards and into the Predators bench, and even gave him an extra shot when Perry had recovered from the impact.
It was a rough night for Perry, but one that will no doubt be repeated in the future given the way he plays the game.