Stars stay alive in game 5 of the SCF, defeat Lightning in double OT

Logan Lockhart
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Corey Perry scored two goals, including the double-overtime winner, carrying the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the Stanley Cup Finals.


Perry scored the game’s opening goal in the first period, and then put an exclamation point on his night by scoring his fifth career playoff overtime winner.


The native of Peterborough, Ontario has now scored three goals in his last two games, after entering game four scoreless in his last 11.


For the consecutive night, a Stanley Cup Finals game went to overtime, but in game five it took two separate frames past the third period to decide a winner. 


The Stars only struck one shot on Lightning starter Andrei Vasilevskiy in the first overtime period. 


Just like game four, Saturday night’s win or home affair for the Stars remained tied entering the final frame. 


The deadlock in the third lasted less than three minutes, and it was a point from Mikhail Sergachev that provided the Lightning with its first lead of the game.


The goal was Sergachev’s third of the playoffs.


Joe Pavelski tied the game at two, 13:15 into the third frame, setting up yet another wild finish, just like game four. 


Pavelski tapped in a rebound past Vasilevskiy, after the goaltender stopped a point shot from Miro Heiskanen.


Along with tying the game and scoring the biggest goal of his career, the native of Clover, Wisconsin became the all-time playoff goal leader for American born players, passing Joe Mullen by scoring his 61st career postseason marker. 


Significantly enough, Stars starter Anton Khudobin was the standout performer in the opening frame.


Khudobin has allowed at least one goal in every first period played in the Stanley Cup Finals, with the exception of game five on Saturday night. 


The first period was played at a staggering pace--only 10 stoppages through the opening 20 minutes. 


The Lightning top line yet again shined early in the second period, as it has all series long. 


Ondrej Palat scored his 11th goal of the playoffs, with the help of his star-studded linemates, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, as the Lightning tied the game at one.


Stars defenseman Andrej Sekera left the game with an injury in the first period after blocking a shot. 


As a result, Dallas played the entirety of the second period with only five defensemen available. 


Sekera returned for the third.


The Stars were without Roope Hintz, Blake Comeau, Radek Faksa were all out of the lineup for game five. 


Hintz suffered an injury after crashing into the boards when engaging in a play with Lightning forward Tyler Johnson. 


Game six of the Stanley Cup Finals goes on Monday night at 8:00 PM EST, and the day off on Sunday will be much needed for both squads--Dallas and Tampa Bay have played in a combined nine periods over the last two nights. 


The Lightning will have its second opportunity to win the franchise’s second Stanley Cup on Monday night.