Lightning's Stamkos out for rest of Stanley Cup Final

Lightning's Stamkos out for rest of Stanley Cup Final

The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final on Monday night with hopes of taking home the championship for the second time in franchise history but they'll be doing it without the help of their captain.

Jon Cooper's team sits just one win away, leading the Dallas Stars 3-1 in the series and have a chance to end the 2019-20 season on Saturday if the Lightning can win just one more time.

Stamkos made a brief return to the Lightning lineup for the first time since February 25 in Game 3 and scored a goal.

Center Joe Pavelski had tied the game in the third period with a power-play goal, giving him 61 postseason goals for his career.

As much as the Stars are clearly Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg's team, they would be in the process of packing up their equipment and heading back south if it weren't for the contributions of two free-agent additions from last summer.

"I'm not sure if it's satisfaction, but I would be really happy for the organization - (owner) Jeff Vinik, (GM) Julian BriseBois, the players, the coaching staff, and that community", Yzerman said Saturday during a media Zoom call. "They seem to have the best endurance of all of us".

With Corey Perry's two-goal night - including the victor in the second overtime - Game 5 was Dallas's ninth comeback win of the playoffs, which tied a franchise record for a single postseason.

Credit a Game 4 line shuffle by coach Rick Bowness.

Now, Perry is one of those players you deem dirty, if he's not on your team.

It's the first Stanley Cup for every Lightning player except Pat Maroon.

Tampa Bay had 11 of the first 12 shots Monday night, and nine of them came at 5-on-5.

Pavelski and Perry signed with the Stars last offseason.

The goal was reviewed to determine if Perry was onside, which he was. Corey Perry scored the series-extending marker, his second of the night, digging a loose puck out of a scrum and winding it into the back of the net beyond a sprawling Andrei Vasilevskiy. You are not going to win every time, every elimination game.

The Stars simply are not generating almost as much offense as Tampa, and their best chance remains to keep this as a 5-on-5 game. "From series one, two, three, four, that push from the team gets harder and harder". Only three penalties were called.

But what was clear, anyway, as the Stars and Lightning showed that little was left in the tank as the game extended into a fifth period, was that the action suffered for it. Kucherov was drafted late in the second round in 2011 (58th) and Point in the third round in 2014 (79th).

At that point, 2-1 felt good enough to win. And the Lightning's power play is making them pay.

Shortly after the power play ended, Pavelski tied the game with a less than eight minutes remaining. During the regular season, Pavelski had 14 goals. He has moved past Joe Mullen, and former Dallas Star Mike Modano. Perry's overtime goal at 9:23, like his first, was scored from close range.

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