EDMONTON, Alberta — The accidents maintain piling up, however the Dallas Stars are nonetheless alive.
Corey Perry’s double-overtime aim on Saturday night time compelled the Stanley Cup finals into Game 6.
The aim was Perry’s second of the night time within the 3-2 win at Rogers Place. Joe Pavelski additionally scored for Dallas, while Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev had the objectives for Tampa Bay.
“It’s obviously not the outcome you want,” stated Victor Hedman, a favourite for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, who logged a team-high 36:03 of ice time as Tampa Bay squandered its first alternative to clinch the Stanley Cup. “It wasn’t our night. They scored.”
The Lightning now lead the collection 3-2. They’ll get a second shot on the championship in Game 6 on Monday from Edmonton.
Pavelski compelled extra time when he tied the sport 2-2 with 6:45 left to play within the third interval. Nine seconds after a high-sticking penalty to Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak expired, Pavelski scored his thirteenth of the playoffs, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy by changing a rebound after some extent shot from Miro Heiskanen.
The Lightning managed play for many of a hard-fought first extra time interval. After the intermission, the Stars got here out with elevated aggression. It paid off when Perry fed the puck out to John Klingberg excessive within the zone, then went to the online to select up the free puck and finesse it across the outstretched toe of Vasilevskiy, ending the sport.
“You can’t be afraid to lose,” stated Dallas Coach Rick Bowness. “We were playing not to lose, and we talked about it after that first overtime. We’ve got to play to win. Let’s go at them, let’s get back on our toes and get skating again.”
“We had our chances,” stated Lightning Coach Jon Cooper. “A couple of lost battles down low cost us on a couple of goals.
“I thought we played well enough to win the game,” he added. “I’m sure they are saying the same thing. That’s what happens in double-overtime games.
“Good on them for not rolling over,” Cooper continued. “We have to circle the wagons and come back and do it again.”
As the Lightning have closed in on the Stanley Cup, there was plenty of discuss how they have added extra character and management to their roster after being swept within the first spherical by the Columbus Blue Jackets final 12 months.
The Stars went the same route after they have been eradicated in double extra time of Game 7 of the second spherical by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues.
Perry, 35, and Pavelski, 36, two veterans with Stanley Cup finals expertise, delivered on Saturday.
“I give Jim Nill and his staff a lot of credit,” stated Bowness, referring to the Stars’ common supervisor. “We get to this point in the playoffs, we need some experience, it needs some guys that have been there and are not intimidated by the situation we’re in. Corey Perry’s one of those guys, a huge addition to our team.”
“The biggest switch for us tonight was those guys talking in the dressing room about having to go for this,” stated Tyler Seguin, who completed the night time with three assists. “We can’t be sitting back and hoping to win. I think that’s what you saw, the change to the second overtime where we started going after them.”
In an effort to generate extra offense — and to accommodate his rising checklist of injured gamers — Bowness juggled his traces earlier than Game 4 on Friday night time. Playing with Seguin and Joel Kiviranta, Perry scored his first aim in 19 video games in Friday’s 5-4 extra time loss earlier than including two on Saturday.
Bowness has admired Perry’s tenacity for years, even from opposing benches.
“From the top of the circles down, in the offensive zone — his poise, his confidence, his strength and his reach with the puck, it’s always been very impressive,” he stated of Perry.
Throughout the playoffs, the Stars have been weathering damage points. Most notably, Anton Khudobin capably stepped into the online when Ben Bishop was deemed unfit to play, and the unheralded rookie Kiviranta helped the Stars advance to the Western Conference Final with his hat-trick efficiency in Game 7 in opposition to the Colorado Avalanche, when the sturdy Andrew Cogliano was sidelined.
In later rounds, Radek Faksa was injured halfway by way of the Western Final; he has now missed seven video games. Three video games in the past, one other necessary two-way ahead, Blake Comeau, was knocked out of motion. And in Game 4 on Friday, Roope Hintz left the sport and didn’t return.
Jason Dickinson additionally missed a while within the first interval of Game 4 after blocking a shot. He left the ice early throughout warm-up on Saturday, however stayed within the lineup and completed with 23:14 of ice time. Defenseman Andrej Sekera additionally left the sport halfway by way of the primary interval after blocking a shot from Sergachev. He returned for the third interval and extra time, ending the night time with 13:38 of ice time.
“Give him a lot of credit,” Bowness stated. “He took a shot and he was in a lot of pain. It took a while to subside. That shows you his compete, his love of the team and his teammates.”
The Lightning have been with out captain Steven Stamkos, who missed a second-straight sport after scoring a aim in his first postseason look, in Game 3.
Sekera’s absence meant that Dallas’ two top defensemen needed to shoulder an additional heavy load on a uncommon back-to-back within the Stanley Cup finals — the primary ever to function two extra time video games. Klingberg completed the night time with 37:51 of ice time while Heiskanen had 37:03.
After Perry opened the scoring with 2:08 to play within the first interval, Palat tied the sport within the second when he accepted a cross from Kucherov, then lower throughout the crease and deposited the puck within the far facet of the online, previous a sprawling Khudobin. With Point drawing the second help, the three linemates all prolonged their level streaks to 4 consecutive video games. Sergachev gave the Lightning its first lead of the sport early within the third, with a slapshot from the left level, earlier than Pavelski compelled extra time.
Penalties have been a key speaking level by way of the primary 4 video games of the Stanley Cup finals, however the referees put their whistles of their pockets on Saturday. Just three minor penalties have been referred to as, and all 5 objectives got here at even power.