Perry’s second aim of the evening gave the Stars a 3-2 double-overtime win over the Lightning in Sport 5 of the Stanley Cup finals and let the Stars stave off elimination. Sport 6 is Monday evening within the NHL’s postseason bubble at Edmonton’s Rogers Place.
Perry has three objectives prior to now two video games.
“Oh, man, he’s nice proper there. Enjoyable to look at him down there,” Stars ahead Joe Pavelski stated of Perry’s game-winner within the crease.
Earlier Saturday, Stars interim coach Rick Bowness alluded to the crew’s resilience all through the postseason and reiterated the “full religion” he has in his gamers. That mind-set carried over into Sport 5 because the Stars withstood a number of late pushes from Tampa Bay, which was keen to shut the sequence and head house from the NHL’s uncommon postseason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
With a depleted lineup, for a crew that has taken an all-hands-on-deck method to the playoffs, Dallas discovered some comeback magic Saturday evening. Even after it managed solely two pictures on aim in the course of the first additional time interval, Dallas was lastly in a position to sneak one previous Vasilevskiy in double additional time.
Earlier than the sport went past regulation for the second straight day, Pavelski saved the Stars within the third interval together with his game-tying aim with 6:45 remaining. Anthony Cirelli practically had Tampa Bay hoisting the Stanley Cup after his shot beat Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin with about 4 minutes left, nevertheless it pinged off the submit.
Tampa Bay appeared to have all of the momentum heading into Sport 5 after it went forward 3-1 within the sequence with a 5-Four additional time win Friday evening. However within the second sport of the Stanley Cup finals’ first back-to-back since 2009, the Lightning struggled to get going offensively.
In a principally stagnant opening interval, Dallas obtained the scoring began with Perry’s tally below the arm of Vasilevskiy (30 saves) at 17:52. It was Perry’s fourth aim of the postseason, however he wasn’t finished.
Ondrej Palat evened the rating at 4:37 of the second, reducing in from the precise wing and sliding the puck round Khudobin’s proper pad. It was his 11th aim of the playoffs.
Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with a shot from the purpose at 3:38 of the third interval off a drop move from Brayden Level. However after his crew got here up empty in the course of the its second power-play likelihood on the evening, Pavelski gave Dallas the equalizer.
That was Pavelski’s 61st profession playoff aim, probably the most by a U.S.-born participant. Pavelski, who has 13 objectives in 26 postseason video games this yr, had 14 objectives in 24 playoff video games whereas reaching the finals with San Jose in 2016.
Khudobin got here out on prime, persevering with his shocking postseason run. With 39 saves Saturday evening, he turned the fifth goaltender since 1955-56 to file not less than 700 saves in a single postseason.
Nonetheless, groups that go up 3-1 in a best-of-seven sequence within the finals personal an all-time sequence file of 33-1. The one crew to come back again was the Toronto Maple Leafs, who received the Stanley Cup in 1942 after dropping the primary three video games.
On Saturday, the Stars have been with out Roope Hintz (who suffered an harm on a success from Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson within the second interval of Sport 4), Blake Comeau, Radek Faksa and Ben Bishop, who have been deemed “unfit to play.” Justin Dowling made his 2020 postseason debut by taking Hintz’s place within the lineup. With Comeau, Hintz and Faksa out, the Stars have been lacking three of their prime 5 penalty-killing forwards.
Tampa Bay was once more with out its captain. Steven Stamkos has missed all however one sport this postseason — Sport Three of this sequence, when he performed 2:47 and scored on his first shot earlier than exiting. Stamkos is questionable for the remainder of the sequence however has not been dominated out.
“We’ve been on this state of affairs earlier than,” Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman stated. “We’re a resilient group. We all know how to answer adversity.”