Kevin Shattenkirk scores in OT, Lightning in Stanley Cup win after defeating Stars


EDMONTON – The Tampa Bay Lightning fell short of a Stanley Cup win on Friday, beating Dallas 5-4 on an overtime power play goal that left the Stars furious.Kevin Shattenkirk shot the puck from the straight face-off circle in traffic and past the Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin at 6:34 overtime.

Captain of the stars Jamie Benn was in the box to trip after getting tangled up with Lightning before Tyler Johnson to the Tampa Blue Line.

“I don’t have much time for a (penalty on a) game where Tyler Johnson steps ahead Jamie Benn which has no real effect on the game, ”said the striker Joe Pavelski.

“Jamie breathes on him and the guy falls.

“(In the playoffs) it’s overtime, we expect five-on-five to face off. ”

The Lightning have a 3-1 lead in the NHL’s Best of Seven Finals Series and could lift the cup for the second time in franchise history with a win in Game 5 on Saturday night at Rogers Place.

Brayden Point, with two goals, Yanni Gourde, and Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots for his 17th postseason win against six losses.

Pavelski, with two goals, John Klingberg, and Corey Perry replied for Dallas. Khudobin made 30 saves. His playoff record drops to 13-9.

It was a back-and-forth game, with Tampa Bay rallying twice after deficits and setting Dallas on fire with three power play goals.

“We have remained persistent,” Killorn said. “On a few (power plays) it looks like the first minute isn’t great, but the second unit turns on (and) they’re ready.

“All the goals are a little bit I don’t mean fat, but we are working for those goals. It’s not back door passes or anything like that. ”

Tampa had to kill their own overtime penalty before Shattenkirk secured the winner.

“I think it was just sticking with the process,” Point said. ” We are working. We weren’t focused on the end result, just the next shift and it worked for us tonight. ”

Dallas coach Rick Bowness, looking to boost his team after a 5-2 loss in Game 3, has broken his Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexandre Radulov, mixing and matching them in various combinations with Joël Kiviranta, Perry and Pavelski among the top six.

The strategy worked from the start.

Dallas only had three shots in the first half but scored twice. Klingberg scored first, then Benn attacked Pavelski in the lunge, who zipped the blocker side of the puck on Vasilevskiy.

Point scored his first goal in the dying seconds of the first period on a perfectly executed 200-foot breakout.

Shattenkirk, at his own end line, shot a rebound pass over the boards that Ondrej Palat corralled in the center and in turn relayed to Point in midair, which eliminated Khudobin on the backhand.

Point tied the game 2-2 early in the second period on the power play, standing beside the Dallas net and choking a puck in the air.

Dallas took a 3-2 lead midway through the second period when Vasilevskiy stopped a close shot from a Seguin streak, but Perry sailed to block the free puck.

Tampa responded again on the power play with one minute left in the frame. Gourd jumped on a rebound that came straight to his stick in the lunge.

Killorn and Pavelski traded sharp-angled goals in the third.

Seguin said that while it was a short turnaround for Game 5, Dallas will be ready.

“I think we have more,” he said. “I believe in this team, I believe in boys. We have another level here. ”

Point has 13 goals and 17 assists this postseason, but remains behind his lineman Nikita Kucherov for the lead in NHL playoff scoring. Kucherov had two assists and has seven goals and 32 points.

Pavelski leads the Stars with 12 goals after the season.

Tampa Bay Captain Steven Stamkos did not dress for the game and is questionable for the rest of the series. Stamkos started Game 3 on Wednesday and scored on his first shot, but sat on the bench for the final two periods.

He had been away since late February, recovering from abdominal muscle surgery and a lower body injury. The NHL does not publish injury information.

All games are played in front of no spectators at Rogers Place, and players isolate themselves between competitions to avoid contracting COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 25, 2020.


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