Stamkos out for remainder of Stanley Cup Final

Ruben Hill
September 28, 2020

"To be honest, I didn't think he was playing at all in these playoffs", Cooper said.

This is how the Lightning haven't missed a beat, and it's why they are still heavy favourites to win the Cup. "That's all that really matters".

Corey Perry, age 35, scored two goals, including the victor in double overtime, to give the Stars a 3-2 win Saturday over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final, forcing Game 6 Monday night.

Yzerman hired Jon Cooper as coach in 2013 and constructed much of the Lightning's roster.

"Hopefully the next time we see him on the ice is for a trophy presentation", Cooper said.

What has the needle shifting Dallas's way, besides the momentum from Saturday's win, is the play of its experienced leaders: Perry, 35, and Joe Pavelski, 36.

This is a player that hasn't exceeded 17 goals for a regular season in six years, and over the two-month span in the bubble, he's scored at a 38-goal pace when applying his numbers to a complete regular season.

Yzerman also acquired defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from Montreal for disgruntled Jonathan Drouin in a swap of former top-10 picks and signed undrafted free agents Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde.

Nikita Kucherov leads all playoff scorers with 33 points (including seven goals) and Brayden Point has 32 points, including a postseason-leading 13 goals. Perry has matched his regular season total with five goals this postseason, including three in his past two games.

"I think that's when you saw the change to the second overtime when we started going after them". We had a lot of guys, they're in the fight. "Joe keeps on getting the late goals, and Perry played a great game [Saturday]". In replacing Hintz for Game 5, Justin Dowling becomes the fourth player in the Stars lineup who wasn't a regular when this postseason began, joining Kiviranta, defenseman Joel Hanley and forward Nick Caamano, who made his National Hockey League playoff debut earlier in the Cup Final. Pavelski led the San Jose Sharks to their first finals appearance in 2016, but he has not lifted the hardware.

"For him to come in in a back-to-back and play like he did and give us that opportunity to win just speaks volumes about his character", Bowness said. "It's nice to see him get rewarded with points, but just as important is how he's competing and he's doing all the little things that we need to do to stay in games, give us a chance to win".

"We're missing a big chunk of our lineup", Bowness said. "It's belief and resiliency throughout this whole season". Holding a 3-1 series lead, the Lightning lost Game 5 to the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference finals, only to finish them off in Game 6.

"It's not easy", Lightning forward Barclay Goodrow said of trying to shut the door in Game 6 and avoid a Game 7. "From series one, two, three, four, that push from the team gets harder and harder".

Check out ESPN NHL Playoffs Today every day of the postseason until the Stanley Cup is handed out. "It's not great that you're not home and seeing your family, But on another sense you know you're going to be able to get the rest because you have that time when you're not traveling". "He did everything he could to get back, and he did get back and unfortunately he couldn't go any further".

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