“Everybody’s going to look at the wonderful skill plays he makes, but you look at his battle level,” Cooper said about Kucherov. “You look at when he goes in for 50-50, or 40-60, and he still comes out with the puck. It’s impressive.”
Less than a minute after Palat’s goal, Tampa Bay extended its lead to 3-0 when Shattenkirk connected for his second goal of the playoffs with a blast from the right point.
The three tallies came within a span of less than four minutes, and during a stretch of 14 minutes and 35 seconds when the Stars failed to record a shot on goal.
In the second period, it was the Lightning’s turn to start taking penalties. On the fourth power-play opportunity of the night for Dallas, while Palat was serving a slashing minor in the second period, the Stars took just five seconds to tally their first goal — a net-front tip by Pavelski.
Near the end of the second, tempers flared. A scrum involving all 10 skaters ensued after Tampa Bay’s Patrick Maroon ventured a little too close to Khudobin. Maroon was assessed a goaltender interference penalty and four other players took roughing minors — the final penalties of the night.
In the third, the Stars continued to press. Janmark brought his team within a goal with 15:33 left to play in regulation, when he deflected a sneaky net-front pass from John Klingberg past Vasilevskiy.
With 10:46 left, the Lightning appeared to score a fourth goal when a Mikhail Sergachev shot beat Khudobin. After a coach’s challenge, the goal was disallowed because the play was ruled offside.