Such a lot has been made about Patrick Maroon’s 3 Stanley Cups in a row, doing it with two other groups.
It is spectacular, particularly for a bottom-six participant, and one thing that hasn’t been finished within the wage cap technology. Every other 11 Bolts gamers can turn out to be three-time consecutive winners if the crew can pull it off this yr. In Maroon’s case, it will be his fourth win, one thing finished simply 12 occasions prior, and now not because the New York Islanders within the early Nineteen Eighties.
However Corey Perry has his personal venture to finish. After shedding within the Cup ultimate two years in a row with Dallas and Montreal, he joined the crew that beat him each occasions prior, the Tampa Bay Lightning, for a 3rd shot on the elusive identify. It isn’t like he hasn’t gained it prior to — he helped the Geese win it in 2007 — however it may be painful coming at the quick stick of two times after understanding simply how tricky it’s to get to the overall within the first position.
Perry joined the darkish facet, and whilst he is not the offensive participant he as soon as was once, he has molded himself into one of the most perfect bottom-six gamers within the post-season. He is a ache within the you-know-what when he desires to be, however he nonetheless has slightly of that trademark offensive aptitude that makes him precious clear of the pest-work.
You’ll name the previous 3 years a profession rebirth, of types. In his top, Perry was once an elite energy ahead, making many Stanley Cup appearances, changing into a member of the Triple Gold Membership, successful the Hart Trophy because the NHL’s Most worthy participant in 2011 and posting 30 or extra objectives six occasions, highlighted via his 50 in 2010-11.
However Perry was once purchased out of the rest of his deal in Anaheim after a disappointing 2018-19 season the place he struggled to generate a lot offense and in the long run discovered himself in Dallas’ backside six in 2019-10. He had a couple of 21-point seasons prior to scoring 19 objectives and 40 issues in a extra distinguished position with the Lightning.
However it is his playoff performances that in point of fact stand out — in 2021, he labored smartly with younger forwards Caul Caufield and Nick Suzuki, and he is been a threat to society all over this yr’s run, too.
As soon as the power was once off Perry to be a pace-setter, he discovered his recreation once more. And that is the reason why such a lot of of his teammates appreciate him, as a result of he is nonetheless giving it his all at 37 and discovering a strategy to keep related within the latter years of his profession.
To an extent, there are robust parallels for the remaining participant to win a Cup in his 3rd try after falling quick two times in a row: Marian Hossa. In 2008, Hossa performed for the Penguins in a last loss to Detroit. The next yr, he swapped aspects for the rematch, handiest to lose that, too. He in any case gained the elusive trophy in 2010 in Chicago and gained it two times extra in 2013 and 2014 as one of the most crew’s key gamers right through that dominant stretch.
Perry’s scenario is nearly extra attention-grabbing as a result of he joined the crew that beat him two times in a row, so it will be additional particular for him to in any case pull it off.
“I have been on some excellent groups, had some excellent bounces alongside the way in which, however to be in this facet, seeing what those guys have long gone throughout the previous couple of years, we are excited,” Perry mentioned.
Captain Steven Stamkos mentioned seeing the blokes who have not been part of this crew the previous few years — Perry, Nick Paul, Brian Elliott, to call a couple of — would imply greater than successful some other Cup for himself. Previous within the playoffs, trainer Jon Cooper mentioned the tip purpose does not trade on account of previous successes. They are nonetheless right here to win it for everybody, together with veterans nearer to the tip in their careers like Perry.
“Once I first were given right here, probably the most guys mentioned, ‘we are nonetheless hungry, we would like this sense once more.’ You’ll see that that is nonetheless the case, and we are excited,” Perry mentioned.
“Once I gained my first one in Anaheim, that is more or less how I used to be like, too. There have been guys there that had performed 16, 17, 18 years and not had a possibility to play within the finals. Whilst you see that, and listen to other people say that, it is very particular.”
One of the vital greatest portions about this playoff run for Perry that is extra particular than the opposite two is having his circle of relatives again. In 2020, they were not allowed within the bubble. In 2021, there have been nonetheless some restrictions and Perry did not have his circle of relatives round for that, both. They have been at his facet the entire time this time round, so there is additional motivation this time round.
“There is a little bit extra buzz, the way in which I have a look at it,” Perry mentioned. “This is the reason we play the sport.”
Perry has some other yr left on his two-year contract and, assuming he does not retire early, can have some other shot on the Stanley Cup ultimate if Tampa can stay the band in combination.
That is not his focal point now, regardless that. Be expecting Perry to deliver his trademark sizzle over the following two weeks.