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Lightning look to finish Dallas Stars in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final, Stamkos once again ruled out

EDMONTON, Alberta (WFTS) – The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to finish the deal against the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

However, The Lightning’s path to capturing the franchise’s second Stanley Cup is not easy. Saturday’s game marks the second of a back-to-back, with the first game going into overtime, ending in a Tampa Bay victory. In addition to playing tired, the Lightning must once again try to win without captain Steven Stamkos.

Other than Game 3 on Wednesday, Stamkos has missed every game in the NHL bubble due to an injury. While he had his version of the 1988 Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run moment with a goal in the first period, Stamkos spent less than four minutes on ice during Tampa Bay’s 5-2 win in Game 3.

Both teams are scoreless as of the first period but the Lightning lead the series 3-1.

SERIES SCHEDULE

  • Game 1: Stars 4, Lightning 1 Final.
  • Game 2: Lightning 3, Stars 2 Final.
  • Game 3: Lightning 5, Stars 2 Final.
  • Game 4: Lightning 5, Stars 4 Final/OT.
  • Game 5: In progress
  • *Game 6: Monday, September 28, 8 p.m. ET
  • *Game 7: Wednesday, Septmeber 30, 8 p.m. ET

* = If necessary
HOW THEY GOT HERE

The Lightning secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference bracket after finishing second to the Philadelphia Flyers in round-robin play. Tampa Bay beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team the Lightning got swept by in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, in five hard-fought games.

After exorcising their playoff demons against the Blue Jackets, the Lightning rode Ondrej Palat’s hot hand and a game-winning goal in double overtime from Victor Hedman to take down the Boston Bruins in five games.

Tampa Bay survived a physical and bruising series against the New York Islanders after taking the series in six games to punch the team’s ticket to the Stanley Cup Final.

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The Dallas Stars qualified for round-robin in the Edmonton bubble after finishing the regular season with the fourth-best record in the conference.

The Stars secured the No. 3 seed and beat the Calgary Flames in six games.

In the following round, Dallas jumped to a commanding 3-1 series lead before the Colorado Avalance came back and forced a Game 7. The Stars then dodged a major series collapse after beating the Avs 5-4 in overtime in the winner-take-all game.

Dallas then took the Western Conference title after beating the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.

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