Ducks right wing Corey Perry didn't expect to be the NHL's only 50-goal scorer this season or to finish third in scoring with 98 points.

"You don't ever think coming into the season that you're going to have a season like I just went through. It was a fun year, and everything had to fall into place for it to be like that," he said Thursday.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to my teammates and my linemates. They helped me get where I was."

Perry, a catalyst in the Ducks' surge to fourth in the West, was identified Thursday as a finalist for the Hart trophy, given to the league's most valuable player.

Perry, Vancouver left wing Daniel Sedin and Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis were the top three finishers in balloting by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn. The winner will be announced June 22 at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas.