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Lightning Round: Lightning are still in Edmonton

The Cup went back into it’s case and the Lightning will have to try again on Monday

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay Lightning Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

When Mikhail Sergachev wired a puck past Anton Khudobin early in the third period of Saturday night’s game, it looked like the Tampa Bay Lightning were on their way to winning the Stanley Cup. It wasn’t to be as Joe Pavalski tied the game later in the period and then Khudobin thwarted chance after chance after chance in the overtime sessions before Corey Perry poked a puck past a sprawled out Andrei Vasilevskiy to keep the Stars chances alive for another night or two.

The 3-2 final score mirrored Game Five of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, a game that Calgary won in overtime on an Oleg Saprykin goal. In 2015, the Lightning also lost by just one goal, but at least they did it in regulation as Antoine Vermette scored the winner early in the third to give Chicago the 2-1 win. So the Lightning are consistent in their Stanley Cup runs.

Looking at the bright side, Dallas threw everything they had at the Lightning on Saturday and it still took a near-heroic effort from Khudobin for them to win the game. Can they count on that happening two more times? The Point and Gourde lines were humming along as normal and after a rough start the Cirelli line found their groove as well (with their namesake seeing a potential series-winner rattle off the post).

Tampa Bay has proven resilient all playoffs long and have bounced back from every setback they’ve faced this summer/fall. If they can keep the pressure on the Stars they can pull this off.

The Game:

Igor was tasked with writing the recap and summed it up pretty well. [Raw Charge]

The Lightning dominated the first overtime, not allowing their opponent to have a shot on goal till 18 minute into overtime. However Anton Khudobin looked solid, having probably the best period since the first game of the series.

From Dallas’ side of the fence. Corey Perry used to be persona non grata in the Great State of Texas, but his two goals on Saturday night changed all of that. [Defending Big D]

Last summer, when the Dallas Stars announced that Corey Perry had been signed to a one-year deal, many fans were torn. After all, he had been the villain many a night when the Stars were in the Pacific Division taking on Perry’s Anaheim Ducks several times a season. The Perry spearing on Jamie Benn in the playoffs in 2016 was pretty infamous around here.

Per Coach Cooper, the Lightning played well enough to win the game.

“We had some chances, they had some chances”. Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli discuss the game.

Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat went with the backwards ballcaps for their post-game media session.

Nikita Kucherov has entered some elite territory this post-season.

From Around the League

We’re going to keep this one short, because, well, we’re all tired from the back-to-back and could use the rest.

Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman is out here making trades while the team he is partially responsible for is trying to win Stanley Cups. On Saturday he picked up veteran blueliner Marc Stahl and a second round pick from the New York Rangers for....well nothing at this point. Technically it’s “future considerations” but that could be anything from a pick or a prospect to a hot dog wrapper or bag of pucks.

Chances are that the deal is consummated at the draft, but Mr. Yzerman is back to his preferred method of rebuilding a franchise - collecting as many assets as possible. For New York it clears up some cap space and provides some playing time for some of their younger defensemen [Winging it in Motown]

The Red Wings have a glut of cap space to fill, so in this deal, they soak up a chunk of cap for the New York Rangers, and in return, the Rangers give up a future 2nd round draft pick. Detroit is a team in the thick of a rebuild, and Steve Yzerman is clearly in the mindset of acquiring as many draft picks as possible.

The Rangers side of the trade. [Blue Shirt Banter]

In 52 games, the lefty tallied 11 points and played the lowest average all situation ice time of his career at 17:39. Staal finished in the bottom-25 in the league in Goals Above Replacement this year according to Evolving-Hockey.com, though he was not the only member of his team to rank so low.