In the footsteps of Hoss. Tampa support fights with an avalanche and its own destiny – NHL – Hockey – Sports


Mečbal does not take place, the lawyer does not give up.

Tampa Bay hockey players once again confirm that they are great fighters. The winners of the last two years of the NHL managed the third duel of the series for the Stanley Cup, Colorado defeated 6: 2 and reduced the match score to 1: 2. The fourth part of the final will be played on the night from Wednesday to Thursday. In Florida again.

Russian hero

After the first two meetings in Colorado, Tampa’s ambitions to win the third trophy in a row seemed miserable. Colorado was in the “lauf”, scoring eleven goals on the home ice and only cashing three times. However, “my house, my castle” still applies in this final. Erik Cernak et al. after a sovereign performance, they dramatized the series.

The Slovak defender played for Tampa 19:14 min with two plus points and one shot on goal, gave two hits and blocked three shots. However, the biggest support for the home team was the Russian goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky, who neutralized 37 shots of the opponent.

“We knew it was a match we had to win. That’s how we played. We were focused, we followed the tactics and it celebrated success. We were much better than in the first two games, “legendary Lightning captain Steven Stamkos told nhl.com.

The 1: 2 standings are something Tampa can handle. In the end, she lost the opening two duels in the semifinals against the New York Rangers and turned the series around with a subsequent string of four victories.

By the third?

Tampa is playing not only for the third Stanley Cup in a row, which was last achieved by the New York Islanders in the early 1980s, but also for Corey Perry, an experienced striker who has not been indulged in recent years. The Canadian veteran recalls the infamous years of Marian Hoss, who lost before he got the three rings he entered.

However, Perry’s story is accompanied by even more exceptional circumstances. After all, judge for yourself.

The 2019/2020 season and Perry played in the lockdown year for the Dallas Stars. In the Texasania final, they fell with Tampa 2: 4 in matches. A year later, Tampa was in the finals again. And there was Perry in it, this time as a support for the Montreal Canadiens. He lost 1: 4.

The Canadian has probably said enough and has already gone for sure before the current season. Tampe signed up.

“His experience is extremely valuable and it’s great to have him on his side. He has experienced both wins and losses, so he knows what the team needs to succeed – and he is not afraid to lead by example, “says his teammate Ryan McDonagh.

At the moment, Perry is only the second player in NHL history to play in three consecutive Stanley Cup battles for three different teams. The first was – of course – Hossa. In the 2007/2008 season for Pittsburgh, a year later for Detroit, and for the next twelve months for Chicago, where he finally arrived.

But Perry already has one Stanley Cup. He won it in 2007 as an Anaheim player.

“One never knows if one will get such a chance. Whether he will still play in the playoffs… When you are 22 years old and you have a name on the trophy, you do not understand. It took me another thirteen seasons to be so close again, “says the 37-year-old striker.

After the third final match, he is still closer to him. But still further than Colorado.


Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by hokej.pravda.sk.

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