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SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmons sits down with former NHL goalie and NHL Community analyst Kevin Weekes to debate the extent of play in the course of the Stanley Cup Finals= and whether or not or not the winner ought to have an asterisk within the document books.

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Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play objective in extra time Friday evening because the Tampa Bay Lightning took a commanding 3-1 lead within the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Remaining.

The objective got here with Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn within the penalty field for tripping Tyler Johnson, a name that his teammates disputed.

Shattenkirk bought the winner at 6:34 after the Stars’ tying objective had deflected in off the defenseman.

“In my head, I used to be considering I deserved some good karma after that,” he stated.

The Lightning overcame 2-Zero and 3-2 deficits and blew a 4-Three lead on the best way to a 5-Four victory in Sport 4.

The Lightning will probably be in place to wrap up their first championship since 2004. There is a fast turnaround for Sport 5 Saturday evening (eight p.m. ET, NBC). It is the primary back-to-back nights in a Stanley Cup Remaining since 2009.

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A take a look at Sport 4:

Disputed name

The Stars weren’t proud of the decision towards Benn in extra time.

Stated Stars ahead Joe Pavelski: “I don’t have a ton of time for a play the place Tyler Johnson steps in entrance of Jamie Benn and it has no actual impact on the play, and Jamie breathes on him and the man falls over. Whether or not that’s the case or not, there’s somewhat battle happening there, however it’s playoffs, it’s extra time. We anticipate 5-on-5.”

Benn tripping name in OT #GoStarspic.twitter.com/GHPZa2Vdjg

— Here is Your Replay ⬇️ (@TheReplayGuy) September 26, 2020

Stars coach Rick Bowness stated he noticed a “hockey play.”

“It’s two guys going for a free puck,” he stated.

The Lightning additionally did not like the truth that Brayden Level was referred to as for embellishment on a Corey Perry penalty close to the tip of the third interval.

The penalties to Perry and Level. pic.twitter.com/315PdTGl9V

— Here is Your Replay ⬇️ (@TheReplayGuy) September 26, 2020

“We’re unsure we felt there must be a four-on-four on the finish of regulation there,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper stated.

The Lightning went 3-for-Four on the ability play whereas the Stars went 0-for-3.

“Our energy play had an opportunity to finish the sport (on a 4-on-Three in extra time), they usually did not get it carried out,” Bowness stated.

Line change

The struggling prime line of Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov bought shifted round.

Pavelski took Seguin’s place, and Seguin moved to a line with Corey Perry.

It paid off as Benn and Seguin picked up their first factors of the sequence.

— #StanleyCup Remaining on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 26, 2020

Benn fed Pavelski to present the Stars a 2-Zero lead in the primary interval.

Corey Perry is so-o greasy that when he scores, the puck OOZES over the objective line. https://t.co/UtBmb33Hy2

— Bruce McCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) September 26, 2020

Seguin made a slick transfer and cross to get Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy out of place, and Perry adopted it as much as make it 3-2.

Seguin additionally picked up an help on Pavelski’s second objective, which tied the sport at 4-Four within the third interval.

Pavelski has 60 postseason targets, tying him for first by a U.S.-born skater.

Lightning star energy

Level was answerable for the primary Lightning comeback. He made a pointy transfer on a breakaway to beat Anton Khudobin within the first interval.

Brayden Level with the filthy end off the feed from Ondrej Palat pic.twitter.com/9KZLqIOMM1

— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) September 26, 2020

His second objective was on a second-period deflection to present him 13 targets this postseason.

“I believe it’s simply sticking with the method,” Level stated of the Lightning’s comebacks. “We weren’t specializing in the tip outcome, simply the subsequent shift, and it labored out for us tonight.”

Nikita Kucherov picked up two assists to present him 25 within the playoffs, a document for a winger.

“We depend on the large guys to attain these targets, they usually’re coming by,” Lightning ahead Alex Killorn stated.

Massive save

Vasilevskiy made a spectacular save within the second interval to forestall the Stars from going forward 4-2.

He stretched out to make a pad save on Nick Caamano shot to maintain the Lightning shut.

Vasilevskiy retaining it a one-goal recreation together with his Go Go Gadget leg. #StanleyCuppic.twitter.com/bcqDE2djhq

— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) September 26, 2020

It paid off when Yanni Gourde scored a power-play objective at 18:54 to tie the sport.

Stamkos sits 

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who scored in Sport 3 in his first look in almost seven months, sat out Sport 4.

He bought a objective on his first shot in the Lightning’s 5-2 victory however performed solely 5 first-period shifts and none within the ultimate two durations. 

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