EDMONTON, Alberta — The Tampa Bay Lightning may per chance well moreover very properly be decrease than 24 hours a long way from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
With their captain, Steven Stamkos, out on legend of of an atomize, and after falling within the succor of by two needs within the first duration, the Lightning rallied for a 5-4 time past regulation retract over the Dallas Stars on Friday evening at Rogers Keep.
The Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the sport winner on the vitality play. Tampa Bay has now won three straight games and can retract the championship on Saturday evening. This weekend’s succor-to-succor games are the first within the Stanley Cup finals since 2009 and merely the second since the enlargement period started in 1967.
In the further frame, the groups traded vitality-play chances. The Stars failed to capitalize whereas Mikhail Sergachev became as soon as off for keeping Tyler Seguin, however the Lightning took revenue when Jamie Benn became as soon as whistled for a tripping name against Tyler Johnson.
The man revenue took a minute and 24 seconds to connect, when Shattenkirk snapped a shot from above the finest face-off dot and beat Anton Khudobin merely contained within the a long way post.
All told, the Lightning had been three-for-4 with the man revenue within the sport, whereas the Stars went zero-for-three.
“I deem there are slightly just a few guys who had some immense plays tonight,” Shattenkirk talked about. “Numerous times you merely discover on the fellow who rankings the sport-winning purpose, but it took quite a bit for us to accumulate there. We saved it easy on the vitality play and proper issues took place.
“It became as soon as a immense second.”
After ending the second duration tied, the groups traded needs but again within the zero.33. Killorn gave the Lightning a 4-three lead, then Joe Pavelski drew the Stars even with 8:25 supreme in regulation when his shot bounced past Andrei Vasilevskiy off Shattenkirk’s leg.
The closing 28.three seconds of regulation had been played at 4-on-4, after Corey Perry became as soon as whistled for interfering with Brayden Point, who also got a minor for embellishment. Then Shattenkirk ended it in time past regulation.
“I became as soon as thinking I deserved some develop of correct karma for that,” Shattenkirk talked about. “I felt unsuitable for doing that to Vasy, when it goes off you after he makes the first set aside. Credit score to them — that became as soon as what they had been doing to overview out build us on our heels, merely throwing pucks to the gain.”
Point scored twice for Tampa Bay, whereas Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn every scored as soon as. Pavelski had two needs for Dallas. John Klingberg and Perry also scored.
Vasilevskiy, who has played every minute of the postseason for the Lightning, gave up three needs on the first seven shots he confronted, but he rallied for 26 total saves. Khudobin stopped 30 of 35 for Dallas.
Having a discover to shake extra offense out of his forwards, Dallas Coach Rick Bowness had started the first duration with an ever-altering mix of line mixtures.
Early on, each and every groups settled valid into a tight-checking style, and Klingberg opened the scoring on the Stars’ first shot of the sport, an spectacular particular particular person effort that got right here seven minutes and 17 seconds into the first duration.
Despite being outshot 8-three within the opening frame, the Stars prolonged their lead to 2-zero unhurried within the duration when Benn feathered a trot by to Pavelski, who beat Vasilevskiy for his 11th purpose of the playoffs.
That tied him for the postseason purpose-scoring lead — for Fifty 9 seconds.
The co-leader, Point, spoke back by notching his twelfth with 33 seconds left within the first duration, after Shattenkirk and Ondrej Palat swiftly moved the puck up ice.
“Who is conscious of what would possess took place if he doesn’t salvage that purpose?” Killorn talked about. “He’s been scoring those needs all playoffs. We depend on the immense guys to salvage those needs and they’ve been coming by.”
Early within the second, on the vitality play, Point added his 13th to arrangement the Lightning even at 2-2.
The Stars retook the lead later within the second when Seguin outmuscled Sergachev, cut to the gain and fed the puck succor into the crease, where it pinballed off the skate of Vasilevskiy and onto the stick of Perry.
The Stars then managed a prolonged stretch of play, however the groups went to the second intermission in a three-three tie. Gourde scored on a wrist shot from the excessive slot whereas Andrew Cogliano became as soon as serving a hooking minor unhurried within the duration.
Friday’s sport marked the first time within the playoffs that the Lightning had trailed after one duration but got right here succor to retract. They’d beforehand been zero-4 in that project.
Tampa Bay is now 7-1 in time past regulation within the postseason, including a shootout retract over the Washington Capitals throughout the round robin and its 5-time past regulation retract over the Columbus Blue Jackets to begin the first round.
Alongside with his team one sport a long way from elimination and the tip of their time within the bubble, Pavelski talked about the Stars’ manner of thinking hadn’t changed.
“We thought this is able to well per chance be a prolonged series,” he talked about. “We’ll merely must plod and extend it correct now.”
“We’ll jump succor,” Bowness talked about. “I in actuality possess fat faith in our hockey club. I’m proud of the manner we played tonight. We are going to play the following day esteem we played tonight.”
Lightning Coach Jon Cooper talked about his avid gamers had been uncharacteristically restful within the dressing room after the sport.
“They all received pumped up when Shatty walked within the room,” he talked about. “When I stroll in, there’s on the total banter occurring, and there became as soon as none. The fellows, they’ve advance right here to total one thing.”
“Love we’ve talked about all along, we haven’t won one thing else but. They actually have faith that they know what it takes to retract a series. We’ve restful received to retract one extra and we’re now not taking one thing else and not using a consideration.”
On the atomize front, Stamkos didn’t dress on Friday after his immediate but impactful appearance in Sport three. Cooper talked about on Friday morning that Stamkos may per chance well moreover merely be ready to dress at some level sooner than the tip of the series.
Dallas ahead Blake Comeau ignored his second consecutive sport on legend of of atomize, and Radek Faksa ignored his sixth. One more Dallas ahead, Roope Hintz, didn’t return to the sport after crashing laborious into the boards throughout the second duration.