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The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken a stranglehold within the Stanley Cup Ultimate.
With a 5-4 time beyond regulation victory over the Dallas Stars in Recreation Four on Friday, the Lightning are only one win away from successful the Stanley Cup for the primary time since 2004.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winner on the ability play 6:34 into the additional body.
One sport after beforehand injured Lightning captain Steven Stamkos made his postseason debut and scored on his first shot on aim since February, the middle was deemed unfit to play in Recreation 4. Fortuitously, Tampa Bay has been capable of finding success in opposition to the Stars whether or not its captain is within the lineup or not.
In Recreation 3, the middle performed slightly below three minutes and sat for almost all of the second and third intervals. That did not disrupt the Bolts. They scored two objectives within the first interval and three within the center 20 minutes en path to a 5-2 win.
Needing an enormous bounce-back in Recreation 4, the Stars as an alternative continued to fade as goalie Anton Khudobin made 30 saves within the loss.
Brayden Level, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: 2 Objectives, 2 SOG, 2 PIM
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, Tampa Bay Lightning: 1 Aim, 1 Help, Three SOG
Joe Pavelski, C, Dallas Stars: 2 Objectives, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Tyler Seguin, C, Dallas Stars: 2 Assists, Three SOG, 1 Block
Stars Blow Two Early Leads
The Dallas Stars dedicated one the largest no-no’s in hockey twice in two intervals Friday night time.
After grinding out the primary two frames in Recreation 4, the Stars gave up objectives to the Lightning within the closing two minutes earlier than every intermission. Arguably the largest momentum-killer in hockey, Dallas discovered themselves on the unsuitable aspect of a celebration simply moments earlier than a break.
Most upsetting of all for the Stars was the actual fact it was almost the opposite method round.
Dallas took a 2-Zero lead on a snipe from Joe Pavelski with 1:32 left within the first interval after Jamie Benn pulled three Lightning defenders towards him and fired off an ideal cross to Pavelski throughout the ice.
That might’ve been a turning level for the Stars. As an alternative it was Tampa Bay seizing on the second.
Solely 59 seconds later, Brayden Level caught a breakaway cross from Ondrej Palat and fooled Khudobin with a slick deke.
The Stars had been 33 seconds from taking a commanding lead into the second interval. As an alternative the Lightning grabbed the momentum heading into the locker room.
Level scored solely 2:08 into the second interval to tie the sport.
After Dallas took the lead again on a Corey Perry aim, Yanni Gourde scored with 66 seconds left within the second interval to knot issues at 3-3, as soon as once more robbing any momentum the Stars may carry into the break.
Bolts Look To Clinch On Quick Relaxation
After their respective groups have been stored contained in the NHL’s postseason bubble for weeks, after a number of playoff collection and never-ending overtimes, the Stanley Cup may very well be selected the tail finish of a back-to-back.
Tampa Bay has waited 16 years to show its 2004 title was no fluke. Now it’s going to require them to energy by way of a fast turnaround to finish the duty.
It will not be any simpler for the Stars.
Dallas head coach Rick Bowness stated each goalies regarded drained on Friday, however a few effectively positioned pucks apart, that did not present itself an excessive amount of. Each Khudobin and Andrei Vasilevskiy (26 saves) made just a few dynamic stops.
Whether or not or not they’ll carry that over to Saturday might decide if the Bolts depart the ice with the Stanley Cup.
For a Dallas crew all of the sudden down 3-1 after successful Recreation 1 and taking a number of leads since, it exhibits simply how a lot farther the membership has to go to get again into the collection.
For Tampa Bay, it exhibits simply what’s required to finish it on Saturday.
Come what may, there will be loads of drained our bodies on the ice.
Recreation 5 of the Stanley Cup Ultimate within the Edmonton bubble is ready for Saturday at eight p.m. ET on NBC.