The Tampa Bay Lightning received some exciting news prior to puck drop – captain, Steven Stamkos, was suiting up! Nikita Kucherov got the Bolts on the board at 5:33 to give the Lightning the 1-0 lead in the 1st.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Steven Stamkos wasted no time to make his presence felt. He scored a beautiful goal at 6:58 to give Tampa Bay the 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, Stamkos’ return would be a short-lived one as he only played a total of 2:47 in the 1st period, stayed in the dressing room well into the 2nd period and did not leave the bench from then on in. The team and Stamkos have declined to say what the cause was and the NHL is not releasing any injury information.
Back to the Action
Jason Dickinson got the Dallas Stars back in the game at 11:19 with a short-handed marker to make it 2-1 heading into the 2nd period. However, in the 2nd period the Tampa Bay Lightning fired a barrage of shots at Khudobin (21 to be exact). Viktor Hedman made it 3-1 only 54 seconds into the frame on the power play, Brayden Point made it 4-1 at 12:02, and Ondrej Palat made it 5-1 at 18:55; giving Tampa Bay a comfortable 5-1 lead heading into the 3rd. Heiskanen would score the only goal in the 3rd period as the Lightning cruised to a 5-2 victory. Tampa now lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Friday at 8pm ET.
Highlight of the Night
Steven Stamkos makes it 2-0 on a burst of speed coming down the right side and beat Khudobin with a wicked wrister.
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