One more time? It seems like the 2019-20 NHL season is never going to end. The season has been running for more than 365 days since the training camp and preseason games began.
On Saturday night in Game 5, Corey Perry from the Stars threw the puck in double overtime past Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy to keep the hockey train going and send the Stanley Cup Final to Game 6.
“Stanley Cup final. Tonight was a breeze for us and I thought our team play was pretty good,” said Perry, who scored two goals in the game. “We had a lot of people fighting and we ask for that. I got the winner, but it could have been anyone and we are all asking for that.”
Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 5-4 win in extra time in Game 4; The organization has never lost a playoff series if it led 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 after a loss, but 7-7 in game 6s all the time.
Head coach Jon Cooper and Co. again have to do without captain Steven Stamkos, who is excluded for the rest of the playoffs. He was fit for Game 3 and scored a goal in the Bolts’ 5-2 win.
MORE: Will Steven Stamkos play in Game 6?
Sporting News has all the action as the stars try again to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive as the Lightning try to end the series and sip on Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Lightning vs. Stars scores, highlights from game 6
(All times east)
8:02 pm – – Not the usual suspects.
Alexander Volkov makes his NHL playoff debut; Bogosian returns. Verhaeghe / Rutta out
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 29, 2020
7:42 pm – – Usual suspects.
7:38 pm – – Good or Bad Omen?
Joe Pavelski – who always opens the gate for Anton Khudobin before warming up – came out to do his routine, only to find the door ajar.
Still, he just knocked on it with his stick and headed back down the tunnel.
– Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) September 28, 2020
19:30 o’clock – – Life Hack by Jon Cooper.
Jon Cooper obviously knows that the Blitz can win the Stanley Cup tonight. He said it’s nothing they’ve cared about yet:
“Distractions can be an enemy. If you start thinking about an outcome, not the process, you are bound to fail. “
– Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) September 28, 2020