Edmonton, Alberta — Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry do not wish to go away the bubble simply but.
Pavelski tied it 6:45 left within the regulation, laid out to dam a shot within the first additional time earlier than Perry scored the winner in double OT and the Dallas Stars prevented elimination Saturday evening by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 to drive a Recreation 6 within the Stanley Cup Ultimate.
“Get one, preserve going,” Perry mentioned. “We begin constructing right here and I believe we’re beginning to do one thing particular.”
Anton Khudobin made 39 saves, and Perry extended the sequence by scoring 9:23 into the second additional time. It was a way of redemption for the Stars an evening after they misplaced in OT on a questionable penalty name when Tampa Bay scored on the following energy play. Recreation 6 is Monday evening.
The Stars did it regardless of happening to 5 defensemen for half of regulation when Andrej Sekera was injured blocking a shot halfway via the primary. Sekera returned for the third, a gutty efficiency that will have saved a group that seemed to be working on fumes.
Dallas may need to dip even additional into its already depleted depth in Recreation 6 if Sekera’s harm is extreme sufficient so as to add him to the already lengthy record of unavailable gamers. Ahead Roope Hintz was the latest to hitch that group when he was injured crashing into the boards Friday evening.
The Stars didn’t have a lot time to regroup after that troublesome loss with the primary again to again within the remaining since 2009 and simply the second for the reason that mid-1950s. As an alternative of the fatigue sporting them down, they have been capable of reply in an enormous manner in opposition to a more healthy opponent.
Pavelski once more led the best way. Within the remaining for the second time in his profession after dropping in 2016 with San Jose, the 36-year-old adopted his two-goal efficiency in Recreation 5 with a season saver 24 hours later by scoring on a uncommon juicy rebound allowed by Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The aim tied Pavelski with Tampa Bay’s Brayden Level for essentially the most objectives this postseason with 13. It was the 61st of his playoff profession, essentially the most amongst People.
Requested Friday evening about tying that file, Pavelski deadpanned: “Hold it. Subsequent query.” Thanks to a different sturdy efficiency from him and fellow veteran Corey Perry, there shall be loads extra questions going into Recreation 6 Monday.
A few of these belong to Tampa Bay, which blew a 2-1 third-period lead and misplaced for simply the third time in one-goal video games this postseason. Easy methods to include a abruptly harmful Dallas prime line led by Pavelski, together with Perry, is one in every of them.
One other is the well being of defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who was gradual to stand up after an enormous hit within the first OT. That was across the similar time Pavelski blocked a point-blank shot by Level to maintain the sport going.
Perry completed it by placing a rebound dwelling for his second of the sport.
• Khudobin turned the fifth goaltender since 1956 to make 700-plus saves in a single postseason. … Justin Dowling made his NHL playoff debut changing injured Dallas ahead Roope Hintz. … Tampa Bay once more performed with out injured captain Steven Stamkos
Monday evening will mark simply the second Recreation 6 the Lightning play within the playoffs after ending their first two sequence out in 5 every.
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