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Tampa Bay Lightning start fast, hang on for series-tying win against Dallas Stars

  • September 22, 2020

The Tampa Bay Lightning thought they would be able to build on their 22-2 shot advantage in the third period of their Game 1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

They did that and more, building a 3-0 first-period lead on the way to a 3-2 win Monday night that evened the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece.

In the process, they got their power play and star players on track and finally solved goaltender Anton Khudobin. Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the first period and Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each had two assists before the Stars made the game close.

Game 3 is Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the Edmonton, Alberta, bubble with the Stars as the designated home team.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and center Brayden Point (21) celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period,

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A look at Game 2:

Lightning break out early

The Lightning scored first in the game after giving up the first goal in their last six games. They also got two power-play goals in the first period after scoring once in their previous 18.

Credit Kucherov for that. He made a great pass to Point for the first goal. On the second goal, he faked a shot and passed to Ondrej Palat, who shot before Khudobin could get over for the save.

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