Lightning Have Championship in Sights After Winning Third Straight Game


EDMONTON, Alberta — The Tampa Bay Lightning could possibly be lower than 24 hours away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.

With their captain, Steven Stamkos, out due to an harm, and after falling behind by two targets within the first interval, the Lightning rallied for a 5-Four extra time win over the Dallas Stars on Friday evening at Rogers Place.

The Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the sport winner on the ability play. Tampa Bay has now received three straight video games and might win the championship on Saturday evening. This weekend’s back-to-back video games are the primary within the Stanley Cup finals since 2009 and simply the second for the reason that enlargement period started in 1967.

In the additional body, the groups traded power-play possibilities. The Stars didn’t capitalize whereas Mikhail Sergachev was off for holding Tyler Seguin, however the Lightning took benefit when Jamie Benn was whistled for a tripping name towards Tyler Johnson.

The man benefit took a minute and 24 seconds to attach, when Shattenkirk snapped a shot from above the precise face-off dot and beat Anton Khudobin simply contained in the far put up.

All instructed, the Lightning had been 3-for-Four with the person benefit within the sport, whereas the Stars went 0-for-3.

“I think there are a lot of guys who had some big plays tonight,” Shattenkirk stated. “A lot of times you just look at the guy who scores the game-winning goal, but it took a lot for us to get there. We kept it simple on the power play and good things happened.

“It was a big moment.”

After ending the second interval tied, the groups traded targets once more within the third. Killorn gave the Lightning a 4-Three lead, then Joe Pavelski drew the Stars even with 8:25 remaining in regulation when his shot bounced previous Andrei Vasilevskiy off Shattenkirk’s leg.

The final 28.Three seconds of regulation had been performed at 4-on-4, after Corey Perry was whistled for interfering with Brayden Point, who additionally acquired a minor for embellishment. Then Shattenkirk ended it in extra time.

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“I was thinking I deserved some sort of good karma for that,” Shattenkirk stated. “I felt bad for doing that to Vasy, when it goes off you after he makes the first save. Credit to them — that was what they were doing to try put us on our heels, just throwing pucks to the net.”

Point scored twice for Tampa Bay, whereas Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn every scored as soon as. Pavelski had two targets for Dallas. John Klingberg and Perry additionally scored.

Vasilevskiy, who has performed each minute of the postseason for the Lightning, gave up three targets on the primary seven pictures he confronted, however he rallied for 26 complete saves. Khudobin stopped 30 of 35 for Dallas.

Looking to shake extra offense out of his forwards, Dallas Coach Rick Bowness had began the primary interval with an ever-changing mixture of line combos.

Early on, each groups settled right into a tight-checking model, and Klingberg opened the scoring on the Stars’ first shot of the sport, a formidable particular person effort that got here seven minutes and 17 seconds into the primary interval.

Despite being outshot 8-Three within the opening body, the Stars prolonged their result in 2-Zero late within the interval when Benn feathered a cross by to Pavelski, who beat Vasilevskiy for his 11th objective of the playoffs.

That tied him for the postseason goal-scoring lead — for 59 seconds.

The co-leader, Point, replied by notching his 12th with 33 seconds left within the first interval, after Shattenkirk and Ondrej Palat shortly moved the puck up ice.

“Who knows what would have happened if he doesn’t score that goal?” Killorn stated. “He’s been scoring those goals all playoffs. We rely on the big guys to score those goals and they’ve been coming through.”

Early within the second, on the ability play, Point added his 13th to attract the Lightning even at 2-2.

The Stars retook the lead later within the second when Seguin outmuscled Sergachev, minimize to the web and fed the puck again into the crease, the place it pinballed off the skate of Vasilevskiy and onto the stick of Perry.

The Stars then managed a protracted stretch of play, however the groups went to the second intermission in a 3-Three tie. Gourde scored on a wrist shot from the excessive slot whereas Andrew Cogliano was serving a hooking minor late within the interval.

Friday’s sport marked the primary time within the playoffs that the Lightning had trailed after one interval however got here again to win. They’d beforehand been 0-Four in that state of affairs.

Tampa Bay is now 7-1 in additional time within the postseason, together with a shootout win over the Washington Capitals through the spherical robin and its five-overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets to begin the primary spherical.

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With his group one sport away from elimination and the top of their time within the bubble, Pavelski stated the Stars’ mind-set hadn’t modified.

“We thought this would be a long series,” he stated. “We’ll just have to go and extend it right now.”

“We’ll bounce back,” Bowness stated. “I have full faith in our hockey club. I’m proud of the way we played tonight. We will play tomorrow like we played tonight.”

Lightning Coach Jon Cooper stated his gamers had been uncharacteristically calm within the dressing room after the sport.

“They all got pumped up when Shatty walked in the room,” he stated. “When I walk in, there’s usually banter going on, and there was none. The guys, they’ve come here to do something.”

“Like we’ve said all along, we haven’t won anything yet. They truly believe that they know what it takes to win a series. We’ve still got to win one more and we’re not taking anything for granted.”

On the harm entrance, Stamkos didn’t costume on Friday after his transient however impactful look in Game 3. Cooper stated on Friday morning that Stamkos would possibly be capable to costume sooner or later earlier than the top of the sequence.

Dallas ahead Blake Comeau missed his second consecutive sport due to harm, and Radek Faksa missed his sixth. Another Dallas ahead, Roope Hintz, didn’t return to the sport after crashing arduous into the boards through the second interval.