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Lightning Round: Tampa Bay is one win away from winning the Cup

They can do it tonight

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Four Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in overtime of Game 4 after a Kevin Shattenkirk snipe on power play and took a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning will have a chance to clinch the Cup tonight at 8:00 PM ET

Hardev was on recap today and has a detailed breakdown of a game, where the Lightning trailed 0-2 in the first period, managed to tie it in the second and took a lead in the third, but were forced to play in overtime after a Joe Pavelski goal. And we all know how it ended [Raw Charge]

This heart-wrenching, stress-suffocating Game 4 was a back and forth affair that once again saw the Lightning win despite surrendering the game-opening goal. The Bolts were down 0-2 in the first period, but back-to-back goals from Brayden Point got the team back on track at the end of the first and into the second, with Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn providing offense from the middle six to get the Bolts ahead in the third.

In their postgame media availability Brayden Point and Alex Killorn talked about how the Lightning were able to win so many games in overtime. Killorn also reflected on the 2015 Stanley Cup, sharing the difference between two teams.

Jon Cooper highly praised the Palat-Point-Kucherov line and admitted that the team knows that they didn’t win anything yet and need to focus on tonight’s game.

Check out our colleagues at Defending Big D blog ranting about an overtime call on Jamie Benn which led to the game-winning goal by the Lightning

During one of the press conferences Nikita Kucherov mentioned that the team isn’t here to break records however they are actually doing it: after recording two points in yesterday’s game Nikita Kucherov has set a new record in assists for primary wingers in the NHL history.

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov have also joined an elite list of players last night

Other News and Notes

The Ottawa Senators have been placed Bobby Ryan on waivers for the purpose of a buyout. According to Pierre LeBrun, the team management want to open a roster spot for younger players. Bobby Ryan recently won the Masterton Trophy for returning to the game after battling with alcohol issues. He shared his messages to the fans after via TSN columnist Ian Mendes

Meanwhile this is how the Senators roster looks like according to Cap Friendly, the team currently have just three forwards under contract and are $22M below the floor

The Senators have three picks in the first round of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and is considering between those three players for the 5th overall pick.

The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed defenceman Jeff Petry to a four-year, $25 million contract extension.

Do not show this news to the Edmonton Oilers fans

In his 31 Thoughts podcast Elliotte Friedman confirmed that the Vegas Golden Knights are favourites in the race to land an unrestricted free agent Alex Pietrangelo next offseason.

According to Darren Dreger, the Winnipeg Jets are looking for possibilities of trading forward Patrik Laine. The Finnish player has a agreed to a two-year bridge deal one year ago and will be a restricted free agent after the end of the 2020-21 season

A former NHL’s Coach of the Year, Paul MacLean, has been named an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith will test free agency after spending nine seasons with the team

Meanwhile the COVID-19 disaster in the KHL continues, check the full breakdown of the events happened in the recent days.