Admittedly, 35-year-old Corey Perry has not been an offensive force for the Dallas Stars’ third line. In tonight’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Perry scored just his third goal of the postseason. It wasn’t pretty, but the second period was contentious after the Tampa Bay Lightning quickly erased what had once been a 2-0 Stars lead.
The scramble leading up to this goal was met with a collective sigh from Stars fans when Corey Perry finally tucked it away behind Andrei Vasilevskiy. With 11:34 left in the middle frame, the Stars went up 3-2.
Watch the set up and goal below:
BACK. ON. TOP!— #StanleyCup Final on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 26, 2020
Corey Perry gives the @DallasStars the lead. #GoStars
: https://t.co/DFJQk5bmJh pic.twitter.com/OsRY4Kha0u
Perry’s last goal was a power play goal on August 13, in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Calgary Flames. Dallas won that game 4-5.
In total, Perry also has 4 assists, 23 penalty minutes and 45 shots.
UPDATE: The game stayed as tight as can be, going into overtime tied 4-4. With just seconds to go in the third period, Corey Perry showed up in an unsurprising way: spearing Tampa’s Brayden Point as he attempted a breakaway. With Perry’s blade between his legs, Point went down and didn’t immediately return to his feet. He was assessed an admittedly weak embellishment call, causing Tampa to lose out on a power play opportunity at a critical moment.
Here’s the play:
Corey Perry spearing someone - a tale as old as time. And he drew an embellishment to go with it pic.twitter.com/icKBHRyz4j— Stu Motown #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) September 26, 2020
The Stars got their own controversial call in overtime — a slew foot by Jamie Benn that only questionably happened — and perhaps in balancing the scales somehow, the Lightning scored on the power play, winning Game 4 in overtime, 5-4.