Corey Berry: The Cup first and foremost

Tampa – Corey Perry made history on Monday night when he scored the sixth and final goal for the Lightning in a 6-2 win over avalanche.

Perry became the first player to score at least one goal in the Stanley Cup Finals with four different teams. He did it with the Anaheim Ducks who crafted it – 28e First round pick – in 2003, with the Dallas Stars two years ago, and the Canadians last year and now with Lightning.

This feat, as interesting as it is, goes well beyond the single goal motivating the veteran with 1,362 games of experience in the NHL, including 186 games played in the playoffs: winning the Stanley Cup.

On the wrong side of the ice last year and two years ago when the Lightning beat the Canadians and stars in the Grand Finals, Perry wants to land on the right side of the ice this year.

And just because he already has a win under his belt — in 2007, Berry scored six goals and had 15 points in 21 games to help the Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators — doesn’t mean Berry will be more easily slapped to lose in major finals three years in a row.

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“We’ve been fighting all season with the only goal of winning the Stanley Cup. It’s been like that since the first day I played hockey. On the street, at the rink behind the house, when my parents yelled at us to get in, the message was that the next goal was the one who won the Stanley Cup.” Lee Corey Berry during the media day held the day before the first match of the final, that same goal is still what drives me today.

At 37, Corey Berry fills in a supporting role with Lightning. He plays in the fourth trio with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Pat Maron.

However, he is much more than a supportive player.

As he did last year with the Canadians, Perry takes a leadership role with his new team. He puts his expertise to the service of his teammates. And he continues to display the aggressiveness that has always characterized his game.

The victim of a check from behind by defender Josh Manson on Monday night, Perry fell hard on the boards. He remained on the ground for a few seconds. Standing on his feet, when the event unfolded at the other end of the rink, Perry swings his glove against goalkeeper Darcy Comber’s chest guard. It was the second time in three matches that Berry had tried to distract the opposing goalkeeper.

After the whistle, we regularly see him face his opponents to change the course of matches by motivating his teammates or trying to distract the opponent.

If he’s been enjoying every minute of this fourth opportunity to lift the Stanley Cup, Corey Berry assures he could have dressed up like the Canadians again this year.

“I loved my experience with the Canadians. I loved the city, the passion of the fans and all the excitement associated with our success in the playoffs. But when Lightning offered me a two-year contract while the Canadian was on a one-year contract, I couldn’t refuse like this show”.

And it’s not the money – his career earnings are around $90 million, Berry will add $2 million over the course of his deal with “bolts” – the temptation of the sun or the fact that the Lightning presented him with a more serious chance he achieved his goal of winning the Stanley Cup for the second time than the Habs paid him To head to North Florida.

“I play hockey because I still love hockey and because I don’t want to quit. We’ll give you two years,” Berry concluded when they said, “That’s all I needed to hear.”

From one decisive match to the next…

The day after his team’s first win, John Cooper was glad he got a better grade than his son.

“He gave us a C+ in the first game we lost in overtime. He gave us a well-deserved F after the second game. He gave us a B for the third meeting. We’re getting better, but we’ll have to improve even more,” the Lightning coach agreed.

Especially since there is room for improvement on the Tampa side.

“We have to spend less time in the defensive zone, take out the disc faster and above all prevent them from accelerating in the neutral zone when they attack our territory.”

Lightning will also have to find a way to compete with Avalanche in terms of special teams. Tampa not only has one target in 12 kills, but they do have 5 of the 11 superiorities given to Avs.

Cooper cares more about allowed targets than those that don’t come in enough numbers in a massive attack.

“The best way to not allow short goals is not to take penalty kicks. But we know it’s practically impossible. So we must make sure we win more matches, clear our territory more quickly and be bolder in cutting passing lines, shooting lines, and grabbing balls.” Bulk Wand. Having said that, we should be aware of the quality of our opponents as well. On 2e Landeskog’s goal yesterday (Monday) was a perfect shot. In such a game, Bravo says and tries to score one in turn. »

Brayden Point was forced to concede on Monday after playing the first two games of the Final, a more questionable case in Wednesday’s game.

“It’s not impossible, but it’s highly improbable,” John Cooper admitted.

In the case of Nikita Kucherov, who missed the final six minutes of the game after a review from Devon Toews hit him in the hip, Cooper is more optimistic.

“I think and hope he plays. The decision is up to the doctors and Coach himself. But I know this young player well to say that if the decision was up to him, he would want to be in the game.

My Destiny Trains, Burakovsky in Denver

At Camp Avalanche, Tuesday’s logo has been modified.

“We expected a great performance from them and we got it. We’ll have to be better collectively tomorrow (Wednesday) to maximize our chances of winning,” said Jared Bednar, with his signature coolness.

Although he called up Darcy Comber to the bench after allowing a fifth goal on 22e After being shot, the avalanche coach gave the impression that he would return with his number one number in the fourth game of the finals.

Whether Kuemper is in front of the net or Pavel Francouz comes in in his place, Bednar’s designated goalkeeper will need to be at his best to give his side an equal chance of winning that Andrei Vasilevskiy will be able to achieve. Behind a team that played better than in the first two meetings, Vasilevsky saved several powerful saves on Monday. He has once again become the guard his teammates can trust.

“It’s hard to let go after a 7-0 loss like the one we suffered last Saturday in Denver. But if the goalkeeper can do that, it’s Andre. I’ve known him since he joined MLS. He has the ability to forget a defeat, and give up in 10 seconds. On the goal he just conceded John Cooper assured the press on Tuesday that he is not the best goalkeeper in the world for free.

It is also certain that Andrei Burakovsky will not be in the match as he is still in Denver as he is undergoing treatment for an injury that aggravated during Game Two.

But Nazim Qadri is close to returning to play.

“Nazim will train with our reserves today and he can now hold a stick in his hands. His condition is improving every day and I do not rule out the possibility of him returning to play during the final. In Andre’s case, he should skate for the first time today or tomorrow,” concluded Jared Bednar.



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