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Poor Corey Perry.
The Tampa Bay Lightning winger became the first player in NHL history to lose three Stanley Cup Finals in a row for three different teams. Perry spent the 2020 season with and Dallas Stars, who lost to the Lightning in six games, and then in 2021 played for the Montreal Canadiens, who lost to the Lightning in five games. When Perry finally teamed up with the same Lightning team he lost to in the previous two seasons in 2022, well, you know what happened: The Colorado Avalanche won in six games Sunday to clinch their first title in 21 years.
After last year's loss, Perry joined Hall of Famer Marián Hossa as the only player to lose two consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with two different teams. Hossa almost endured a similar fate after reaching the finals for a third time following losses in 2008 and 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, respectively. Fortunately for Hossa, his losing streak ended in 2010 when he joined the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat the Philadelphia Flyers in four games. Hossa went on to win two more titles with Chicago.
Now, Perry stands alone as quite possibly the unluckiest player in hockey.
corey perry trying to enter the avs locker room to negotiate himself a contract for next season: pic.twitter.com/lxg05p5jVL
— zach (@zachgreenn) June 27, 2022
The 36-year-old Perry spent his first 14 seasons in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks until moving between the Stars, Canadiens and Lightning in the past three seasons. He signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay, meaning he could, at the very least, break the cycle if the Lightning reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the fourth consecutive time.
Unsurprisingly, Perry joined the Lightning before the 2022 season, in part, because of the team's recent success.
"I think obviously their winning culture in the past few years," Perry said in July. "Coming into a team that I've seen firsthand, the last two years. At the end of the day, where I'm at in my career, I want to win. I want to be a part of that and I'm looking forward to it."
Sadly, he came up short in the Lightning's pursuit of a possible three-peat. Perry scored one goal and tallied two assists in the series.
The Lightning already have the third-best odds to win the Stanley Cup at +900, per BetMGM, after the Avalanche (+450) and Toronto Maple Leafs (+850).
Maybe next year, Perry.