One more time? It seems as if the 2019-20 NHL season never wants to end. More than 365 days since training camp and preseason games got underway, the season is still rolling along.
Saturday night in Game 5, the Stars’ Corey Perry knocked the puck past Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy in double overtime to keep the hockey train going and send the Stanley Cup Final to a Game 6.
“Stanley Cup Final. It was do-or-die for us tonight and I thought our team game was pretty good,” said Perry, who scored two in the game. “We had a lot of guys that, they’re in the fight and that’s what we’re asking for. I scored the winner but it could have been anybody and that’s what we’re asking of everybody.”
Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 4; the organization has never lost a playoff series when leading by that margin (9-0) and has never let the series go to a Game 7. It’s also a perfect 6-0 in games following a loss but 7-7 in Game 6s all time.
Head coach Jon Cooper and Co. will once again be without captain Steven Stamkos, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs. He suited up for Game 3 and scored a goal in the Bolts’ 5-2 win.
Sporting News has all the action as the Stars again look to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive while the Lightning look to close out the series and sip from Lord Stanley’s cup.
Lightning vs. Stars scores, highlights from Game 6
(All times Eastern)
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