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Light­ning a win from Stan­ley Cup

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>>EDMONTON: Kevin Shat­tenkirk ran the emo­tional gamut from lament­ing his bad luck to over­time hero, and the Tampa Bay Light­ning are one win away from claim­ing the Stan­ley Cup thanks to his win­ning goal in a 5-4 vic­tory over the Dal­las Stars on Fri­day night in Edmonton.

Shat­tenkirk, who had the mis­for­tune of the over­time-forc­ing tally bank­ing off his leg and into the net, re­sponded with the win­ner that gives the Light­ning a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven se­ries and the op­por­tu­nity to claim the sec­ond Cup in fran­chise his­tory this morn­ing, Thai time.

“I was think­ing in my head I de­served some kind of good karma for all that,” Shat­tenkirk said of the ty­ing goal that set the stage for his hero­ics.

The pen­du­lum didn’t take long to swing in his favour. Shat­tenkirk gained the puck as he moved down to the right dot from his point po­si­tion and ripped a low shot into the net for his team’s third power-play goal of the game 6:34 min­utes into ex­tra time. Need­less to say, his feel­ings dif­fered from ear­lier.

“It’s kind of every emo­tion you can think of,” he said.

Bray­den Point scored twice and goalie An­drei Vasilevski­y made 26 saves for the Light­ning, whose other cham­pi­onship came in 2004.

Amidst the dis­ap­point­ment of the loss, the Stars were also up­set at the penalty called on Jamie Benn that set the stage for the win­ner.

“Jamie breathes on him and the guy falls over,” said Stars for­ward Joe Pavel­ski. “Whether that’s the case or not, there’s a lit­tle bat­tle go­ing on there. Play-offs, it’s over­time, we ex­pect fiveon-five. We ex­pect to bat­tle it out.”

It may have been a de­bat­able call, but the Stars have only them­selves to blame for be­ing in that po­si­tion. They failed to con­vert a third-pe­riod power play on a sim­i­lar call against Tampa Bay’s Patrick Maroon, were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a du­bi­ous em­bel­lish­ment call on Point when Corey Perry hooked him down and then also failed to cash in a power play early in over­time.

“Our power play had a chance to end the game, and they didn’t get it done. Sim­ple as that,” said coach Rick Bow­ness.

Plus, the Stars blew a two-goal first-pe­riod lead — de­spite man­ag­ing only three shots on goal in the open­ing frame — thanks to tal­lies by John Kling­berg and Pavel­ski.

How­ever, Point tal­lied twice to draw the Light­ning even — his first with 32.6 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first pe­riod, and the sec­ond just past the two-minute mark of the sec­ond pe­riod in an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair.

Af­ter Corey Perry re­stored the Dal­las lead mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, Yanni Gourde again drew the Light­ning even with 66 sec­onds left in the frame. Then it was Tampa Bay’s turn to blow a lead with Alex Kil­lorn scor­ing early in the third pe­riod only to see Pavel­ski’s game-ty­ing marker with 8:25 min­utes re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion.

The Light­ning didn’t have cap­tain Steven Stamkos in the line-up af­ter his brief re­turn to ac­tion in Game Three, but the Stars added to their in­jury woes, which are more se­vere than Tampa Bay’s. For­ward Roope Hintz left the game in the sec­ond pe­riod for a Stars team al­ready with­out No.1 goalie Ben Bishop, de­fence­men Stephen Johns and Tay­lor Fe­dun and for­wards Radek Faska and Blake Comeau.

An­ton Khu­dobin made 30 saves for the Stars.

 ??  ?? VIL­LAIN TO HERO: Tampa Bay’s Kevin Shat­tenkirk is con­grat­u­lated by his team­mates af­ter scor­ing the gamewin­ning goal dur­ing the first over­time pe­riod.
VIL­LAIN TO HERO: Tampa Bay’s Kevin Shat­tenkirk is con­grat­u­lated by his team­mates af­ter scor­ing the gamewin­ning goal dur­ing the first over­time pe­riod.

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