ANAHEIM — The beginning to Adam Henrique’s Ducks career couldn’t be much more ideal and his new team is reaping instant benefits.
While his apparent first goal in Nashville went to Corey Perry as a scoring change showed the winger tipped his shot, Henrique did break through with a clean no-doubt shot to beat Ottawa’s Craig Anderson on Wednesday.
It only continued the fine start Henrique has had since the trade that brought him here from New Jersey for defenseman Sami Vatanen. The goal gave the 27-year-old center points in all four games after making his debut Friday in Columbus.
“I’ve felt good on the ice, which I think has been the most important thing for me,” Henrique said. “Adjusting to new systems, the new language, kind of all that. Getting on the same page with new linemates. So I think that’s been the biggest thing for me. And I felt good.
“Obviously the points are a nice touch.”
Henrique was immediately installed on the top line with Perry and Rickard Rakell and Ducks coach Randy Carlyle noted that the big role in playing all situations has aided his start. Carlyle has liked the fact that the veteran is a quick study.
“We think that he’s been a complement to our group,” Carlyle said. “On the other side of it, he’s new and there’s some things that he’s got to wrinkle out that, structural-wise, Jersey might have done different and we don’t do the same thing.
“Those are the little things where with him you don’t seem to have to tell him more than once. You tell him once and it’s done. It’s covered.”
Perry has benefited from having more of a natural playmaker to center him. The longtime goal scorer has two since Henrique’s arrival, including a breakaway Monday against Vegas after getting a stretch pass from him.
“He understands the game,” Perry said. “He’s been around long enough that he knows how the game is played in this league and what it takes. And he’s a pretty good player. He’s pretty smart. The last couple of games, I’ve seen some really good things.
“It’s a good addition. He’s scored a lot of goals in this league. If he can continue to do that, it’s going to beneficial for us.”
Added Carlyle, “We like the way he plays the game. We see a lot of similarities in what we want from the player and what he brings to the table on a day-to-day basis.”
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