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NHL: Lightning Take 2-1 Lead in Stanley Cup Finals with 5-2 Win Over Stars

Tampa Bay defeated Dallas 5-2 in Game 3 from Edmonton’s Rogers Place to take its first lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning are up 2-1 on the Stars in the best-of-seven series, having won two in a row in the series.

Tampa Bay netted the first goal of the game, Nikita Kucherov scoring on a breakaway after intercepting a pass in the neutral zone to put the Bolts in front 1-0 at 5:33 of the opening period.

The Lightning made it 2-0 at 6:58 of the first period, Steven Stamkos beating Stars goalie Anton Khudobin to the far upper corner on a 2-on-1 rush.

Stamkos made his 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in Game 3. The Lightning captain last played in a game 211 days ago on February 25 versus Toronto in the 2019-20 regular season.

Tampa Bay’s opening two goals came in a span of 1:25 of the first period.

Dallas scored shorthanded at 11:19 of the first, Jason Dickinson scoring his second goal of the series and second goal of the playoffs, to cut the Lightning lead to 2-1.

Tampa Bay scored three goals in the second period to take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.

Hedman netted a power-play goal right out of the break, scoring on a wrist shot from the slot 54 seconds into the second period to extend the Lightning lead to 3-1.

Hedman’s goal was the eventual game-winner, his fifth career game-wining goal in the postseason.

Tampa Bay made it 4-1 at 12:02 of the second period after Brayden Point converted a 3-on-1 rush, giving him a goal in his second-straight game and his 11th goal overall this postseason.

Tampa Bay pulled further in the lead 5-1 at 18:55 of the second after Ondrej Palat backhanded a rebound into the back of the net.

Dallas scored a goal in the third period for the 5-2 final, Miro Heiskanen netting his sixth of the playoffs at 6:49 of the final frame.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22-of-24 shots to win his second-straight game and improve to 16-6 this postseason.

Tampa Bay outshot Dallas 32-24, including a 21-4 advantage in the second period.

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