“We always have better hockey to offer” – Corey Perry

DENVER | Yesterday, two veterans were surrounded by dozens of reporters in a small room at the ball arena. In the left corner was Corey Perry. In the right corner was Patrick Maroon.

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Perry and Maroon have experience, like the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning players. They had a smile on their face after the 3-2 win in Game 5, but they didn’t show all their teeth. In any case, they lost a few.

“We’re not giving up,” Perry said. In this dressing room, we know we always have a job to do. We’re happy about this win, but we have even better hockey to offer.

“We find ways to win and it comes from different players,” the Lightning No. 10 continued. In this dressing room you can see that ice hockey is still being played. We want to push as much as possible.”

Maroon gave a similar speech. Still alive in this finals series but trailing 3-2 to Colorado, the winger behemoth knows there’s still some yards to climb.

“We came here to Denver with the goal of winning a first game on Avalanche ice,” Maroon said. We made it. This is a big challenge for us. We are happy about this opportunity. We have to tackle it. We had to start with a win.”

Palat, the dark hero

Maroon talked about one of the night’s heroes, Czech Ondrej Palat. Palat scored the winning goal for the third time since the start of the playoffs.

“He keeps going, he’s good in the big moments,” Maroon said. He shows up in the most difficult spots and finds ways to score. He’s playing right. He works as hard as he is a good player.”

“I don’t know how to explain it to Palat,” added Jon Cooper. There are many of the best players in the world who don’t have as many game-winning goals as he did in the playoffs. Palat has been playing with very good players for a long time, but we don’t talk about him often. I feel like I have the same conversation about Palat every playoff year.”

A solid defense

When Maroon and his head coach sent flowers to Palat, Perry would look in the direction of his team’s defending group. Victor Hedman, Mikhail Sergachev, Ryan McDonagh and Erik Cernak did a great job in front of goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy.

“Our defenders were solid,” said Perry. We have a goal [Jan] Rutta was tall. We have horses on the blue line. I know what it’s like to play against them. They are good, they do several good things.

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