Lightning Finish off Wild Game 4 With OT Winner, Defeat Stars 5-4
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, September 25, 2020
Kevin Shattenkirk’s overtime winner on the power play propelled the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 victory against the Dallas Stars in game four of the Stanley Cup Finals on Friday night.
The Lightning were given a power play 5:10 into the overtime frame, after Jamie Benn was called on a controversial tripping call.
Tampa Bay’s opportunity with the man advantage came only three minutes after its penalty was successful in preventing the Stars from winning the game themselves on the power play in overtime.
Lead changes, and momentum swings--the story of game four.
After trailing on two different occasions, the Lightning took its first lead of the game at 6:41 of the third period, courtesy of Alex Killorn’s fourth of the playoffs.
The forward’s goal made it a 4-3 game in favour of Tampa, but it only took Dallas five minutes to tie the game once again.
Joe Pavelski scored his second of the night, a goal that preceded a failed power play attempt from
Along with Pavelski’s two goals, Brayden Point on the Tampa side also contributed a pair on Friday night.
Point capitalized on a breakaway 59 seconds after Pavelski extended Dallas’ lead to two in the first period, scoring the Lightning’s first goal of the game.
Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak's tripping penalty only 1:38 into the second period set up Tampa Bay to tie the game at two, and it was Point who emerged once again.
The goal was the forward’s 13th goal, and 30th point of the playoffs.
Dallas scored on its first shot of the game at 7:17 of the opening frame, marking the first time since game one that “Texas’ Team” has scored the game’s opening goal.
John Klingberg was the goal scorer.
First periods have been the achilles heel for Dallas in the last two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, allowing five goals combined in the opening frame in games two and three.
The second period was a frame that was controlled by Tampa Bay, and despite that, Dallas still managed to beat Lightning starter Andrei Vasilevskiy for the third time on only its seventh shot.
Corey Perry scored his first goal in eleven games in the frame, after finishing off an individual effort by Tyler Seguin, as he bolted into the Lightning’s zone.
Steven Stamkos did not play in game four, after making his first appearance on the ice in 210 days on Wednesday night in game three.
The Lightning captain scored in on his only third shift in game three, aiding Tampa Bay in taking a 2-1 series lead.
In the Markham, Ontario native’s place was Carter Verhaeghe.
Game five goes Saturday night, marking a rare back-to-back scheduling scenario for the Stanley Cup Finals.