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Shattenkirk's OT winner gives Lightning 3-1 lead over Stars

Field Level Media
26 Sep 2020, 13:40 GMT+10

Kevin Shattenkirk's overtime winner for the Tampa Bay Lightning was the difference in a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night in Edmonton and has his team one win away from winning the Stanley Cup.

Brayden Point scored twice and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves for the Lightning, who lead the series 3-1 and will look to claim the second championship in franchise history Saturday night.

Off a won face-off, Shattenkirk gained the puck at his point position, moved down to the right face-off dot and ripped a low shot into the net for his team's third power-play goal of the game.

The Lightning are 6-1 in overtime games this year, while Dallas lost in OT for the first time (4-1).

Both teams blew leads in an entertaining affair.

Dallas staked a 2-0 first-period lead despite managing only three shots on goal in the frame. John Klingberg opened the scoring on his team's first shot at the 7:17 mark when he converted his second chance from the slot, and then Joe Pavelski doubled the lead when he teamed up with Jamie Benn on an odd-man rush with 92 seconds remaining in the frame.

However, Point scored twice to pull Tampa Bay even. Point made the most of a breakaway chance for his first of the night with 32.6 seconds left in the first period, and then netted a power-play marker two minutes into the second period by batting a puck out of the air.

Corey Perry snapped an 18-game goal-scoring drought when he got just enough of a loose puck in the slot 8:26 into the second period to again put Dallas ahead, but Yanni Gourde drew the Lightning even when he netted Tampa Bay's second power-play goal of the game with 66 seconds left in the period.

The back and forth didn't end there. Alex Killorn put the Lightning ahead with a top-corner shot at 6:41 of the third period, but Pavelski notched his second of the game five minutes later with a lucky power-play goal that was stopped but the puck bounded off a defender and into the cage.

The Lightning didn't have captain Steven Stamkos in the lineup after his brief return to action in Game 3, but the Stars added to their injury woes, which are more severe than Tampa Bay's. Forward Roope Hintz left the game in the second period for a Stars team already without No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop, defensemen Stephen Johns and Taylor Fedun and forwards Radek Faska and Blake Comeau.

Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for the Stars.

--Field Level Media

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