EDMONTON, Alberta — The Tampa Bay Lightning will probably be lower than 24 hours a ways flung from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
With their captain, Steven Stamkos, out due to an injury, and after falling at the again of by two targets within the main duration, the Lightning rallied for a 5-four time beyond law take grasp of over the Dallas Stars on Friday night time at Rogers Issue.
The Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game winner on the energy play. Tampa Bay has now won three straight video games and might perhaps per chance perhaps take grasp of the championship on Saturday night time. This weekend’s again-to-again video games are the main within the Stanley Cup finals since 2009 and correct the 2nd since the growth skills began in 1967.
In the extra physique, the teams traded energy-play probabilities. The Stars failed to capitalize while Mikhail Sergachev change into off for retaining Tyler Seguin, however the Lightning took profit when Jamie Benn change into whistled for a tripping call in opposition to Tyler Johnson.
The person profit took a minute and 24 seconds to avoid wasting, when Shattenkirk snapped a shot from above the factual face-off dot and beat Anton Khudobin correct within the a ways put up.
All knowledgeable, the Lightning had been three-for-four with the man profit within the game, while the Stars went zero-for-three.
“I mediate there are a form of guys who had some tall plays tonight,” Shattenkirk talked about. “Rather deal of times you correct test at the man who scores the game-winning procedure, however it took loads for us to web there. We kept it easy on the energy play and correct things took space.
“It change into a tall 2nd.”
After ending the 2nd duration tied, the teams traded targets all over again within the zero.33. Killorn gave the Lightning a four-three lead, then Joe Pavelski drew the Stars even with eight:25 final in law when his shot bounced previous Andrei Vasilevskiy off Shattenkirk’s leg.
The final 28.three seconds of law had been played at four-on-four, after Corey Perry change into whistled for interfering with Brayden Level, who additionally received a minor for embellishment. Then Shattenkirk ended it in time beyond law.
“I change into pondering I deserved some form of correct karma for that,” Shattenkirk talked about. “I felt depraved for doing that to Vasy, when it goes off you after he makes the main keep. Credit to them — that change into what they had been doing to take grasp of a peek at save us on our heels, correct throwing pucks to the salvage.”
Level scored twice for Tampa Bay, while Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn every scored once. Pavelski had two targets for Dallas. John Klingberg and Perry additionally scored.
Vasilevskiy, who has played every minute of the postseason for the Lightning, gave up three targets on the main seven footage he faced, however he rallied for 26 total saves. Khudobin stopped 30 of 35 for Dallas.
Having a peek to shake extra offense out of his forwards, Dallas Coach Rick Bowness had started the main duration with an ever-altering mix of line combos.
Early on, each teams settled loyal into an honest-checking trend, and Klingberg opened the scoring on the Stars’ first shot of the game, a heroic particular person effort that got here seven minutes and 17 seconds into the main duration.
No topic being outshot eight-three within the opening physique, the Stars extended their end result in 2-zero boring within the duration when Benn feathered a stir by to Pavelski, who beat Vasilevskiy for his eleventh procedure of the playoffs.
That tied him for the postseason procedure-scoring lead — for 50 nine seconds.
The co-leader, Level, responded by notching his twelfth with 33 seconds left within the main duration, after Shattenkirk and Ondrej Palat snappy moved the puck up ice.
“Who knows what would grasp took space if he doesn’t come by that procedure?” Killorn talked about. “He’s been scoring these targets all playoffs. We depend on the tall guys to attain these targets and they’ve been coming by.”
Early within the 2nd, on the energy play, Level added his thirteenth to attract the Lightning even at 2-2.
The Stars retook the lead later within the 2nd when Seguin outmuscled Sergachev, slice to the salvage and fed the puck again into the crease, where it pinballed off the skate of Vasilevskiy and onto the stick of Perry.
The Stars then controlled a long stretch of play, however the teams went to the 2nd intermission in a three-three tie. Gourde scored on a wrist shot from the high slot while Andrew Cogliano change into serving a hooking minor boring within the duration.
Friday’s game marked the main time within the playoffs that the Lightning had trailed after one duration however got here again to take grasp of. They’d beforehand been zero-four in that self-discipline.
Tampa Bay is now 7-1 in beyond regular time within the postseason, alongside with a shootout take grasp of over the Washington Capitals within the midst of the round robin and its 5-time beyond law take grasp of over the Columbus Blue Jackets to originate the main round.
Along with his crew one game a ways flung from elimination and the tip of their time within the bubble, Pavelski talked about the Stars’ methodology of pondering hadn’t changed.
“We belief this might perhaps per chance perhaps be a long sequence,” he talked about. “We’ll correct wish to transfer and lengthen it factual now.”
“We’ll bounce again,” Bowness talked about. “I grasp elephantine faith in our hockey club. I’m happy with the methodology we played tonight. We can play tomorrow be pleased we played tonight.”
Lightning Coach Jon Cooper talked about his players had been uncharacteristically composed within the dressing room after the game.
“All of them obtained pumped up when Shatty walked within the room,” he talked about. “When I recede in, there’s in most cases banter going on, and there change into none. The guys, they’ve come here to manufacture something.”
“Esteem we’ve talked about all alongside, we haven’t won something yet. They honestly deem that they know what it takes to take grasp of a chain. We’ve serene obtained to take grasp of one extra and we’re no longer taking something for granted.”
On the injury front, Stamkos did no longer costume on Friday after his transient however impactful appearance in Sport three. Cooper talked about on Friday morning that Stamkos might perhaps per chance additionally honest be in a neighborhood to costume one day earlier than the tip of the sequence.
Dallas ahead Blake Comeau disregarded his 2nd consecutive game due to injury, and Radek Faksa disregarded his sixth. One more Dallas ahead, Roope Hintz, did no longer return to the game after crashing laborious into the boards within the midst of the 2nd duration.