The Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6) will attempt to knock off the Dallas Stars (37-24-8) for the second time on Monday. Tampa currently leads the series 3-2. At the end of the regular season, the Lightning were second in the Atlantic Division with 92 points. In the bubble, they’ve won eighteen of their twenty-four games played. The Stars were third in the Central Division at the end of the regular season and had 82 points. They’ve won fourteen of their twenty-six games in the postseason. The last game between these teams ended up with the Stars picking up a 3-2 win in double overtime.
Lightning Fail To Put Away StarsThe Lightning have been handed their second overtime loss of the playoffs by the same team. Across all of their postseason games this year, the Lightning have gone into overtime in nine of their games, with five of those nine taking more than one round of overtime to resolve. That is 37.5% of their total playoff games that they’ve ended up needing extra time to resolve. They’ve only dropped two games out of those nine. The Lightning announced on Sunday that captain Steven Stamkos would not be rejoining the team for the remainder of the playoffs. He had a brief appearance in game four, where he scored a goal on his first shot in six months, before leaving the bench.
In game five, the Lightning played a solid, clean game, but were just not able to take out the Stars. For the first time in a long time, Brayden Point wasn’t among the goal scorers for Tampa. He still leads the Lightning with his 13 goals in the postseason. He did get assists on both of the Lightning’s goals, though. Their first goal came early in the second period. Ondrej Palat sent his eleventh puck of the playoffs to the back of the net, tying the game for his team. Nineteen minutes and one second of play later, Mikhail Sergachev gave the Lightning their first and only lead of the game. In net for the Lightning was Andrei Vasilevskiy. He has started in 24 of the Lightning’s 25 games. In game five, He stopped 30 of 33 shots for a .909 save percentage.
Stars Hang On For Another GameThe Dallas Stars have managed to stave off elimination with their double-overtime win. It was a night for the team’s veterans, as all three goals came from players with at least 13 years of experience in the NHL. Joe Pavelski got the game-tying goal, and it was his 13th of the playoffs. This ties him with Tampa’s Brayden Point for the most amount of goals by a player in the postseason this year. His 13th goal of the season has also moved him into a prestigious spot. He now holds the record for the most playoff goals from a US-born player across his career, tallying a total of 61 goals. He has recorded three goals over the past two games. If the Stars were to win the cup, it would be the 36-year-old’s first.
The Stars only held the lead in game five for a brief period of time. Their first goal of the night came from Corey Perry, who scored in the closing minutes of the first period to get his team on the board. The lead he made only lasted for about six minutes of play, though. The Stars wouldn’t see another goal until Joe Pavelski scored 13 minutes into the third period to tie the game up and force overtime. Perry struck again in the second round of OT and gave his team the win. Tyler Seguin’s goal drought continued in this game, but he did assist on all three Stars goals. In net was Anton Khudobin. He stopped 39 of the 41 shots the Lightning sent his way and had a .951 save percentage.
- The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 Stanley Cup Finals games.
- The Stars are 22-48 in their last 70 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- The Lightning are 45-8 in their last 53 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- The Lightning are 12-5 in their last 17 playoff games as a favorite.