Stamkos out for remainder of Stanley Cup Final

Tuesday, 29 Sep, 2020

And goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy did his job in net, anchoring his team to the title.

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

Tampa went up by two goals 7:01 into the second period on a one-timer from Coleman, courtesy of a saucer pass from Cedric Paquette, and the Stars were pressed into comeback mode once again. "We felt the support from back home".

Tampa Bay outshot Dallas 29-22, and outshot them in every game of the series.

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Before giving the trophy to Hedman, Bettman gave all the players credit for enduring a quarantine largely on their own for so long.

The painful playoff losses look like mile markers now - losing four consecutive games to Chicago after going up 2-1, blowing 3-2 series leads in the Eastern Conference final in 2016 and 2018, and last season's jaw-dropping, first-round sweep by Columbus after the Lightning had tied the National Hockey League single-season wins record and won the Presidents' Trophy. He missed eight weeks that season recovering from surgery to clear a blood clot near his right collarbone before returning against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, playing 11:55 in a 2-1 loss. He has 13 goals in this postseason.

Meanwhile Perry has arguably been the Stars' best player over the last two games, scoring three goals, including the overtime victor on his ninth shot in Game 5, and could be credited for turning Seguin's series around since the two hooked up on Rick Bowness' second line.

On Monday, at least, Tampa Bay played like it didn't need him.

With that goal, Pavelski is now the all-time leader in goals scored by an American born played in Stanley Cup history. At the trade deadline, Tampa Bay added Coleman and Barclay Goodrow, physical forwards who gave the Lightning critical depth. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

The Stars franchise is now 1-4 in the Stanley Cup final, dating back to its Minnesota North Star roots. Shattenkirk was the hero in Game 4 on Friday, scoring in overtime to put Tampa Bay on the verge of a championship.

Andrej Sekera blocked a Mikhail Sergachev shot Saturday night in the Stars' staying-alive Game 5 win and was limited to fewer than 14 minutes in that double-overtime affair.

On Monday, Vasilevskiy was spectacular and became just the second Russian netminder to win the Stanley Cup as the starter.

Ben Bishop, one half of the Stars' dynamite goalie battery, has basically been "unfit to play" for the entirety of the summer post-season. The lone championship came in 1999.

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.

After a bad first overtime where the Stars registered only two shots on goal, they came out in the second visibly better. Instead, Tampa Bay's redemption story reached its final chapter, and the celebration began.