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Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up: What a wild one

Your daily recap of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs we’ll be keeping track of all the action around the league, and bringing you all of the results in one place.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars

After Dallas took Game 1 of the series pretty decisively, the Lightning were looking to get themselves back on track, but it wasn’t a terribly pretty start for them, as the Stars came out with some jump, and the Lightning were just looking a little sloppy, themselves. But the tides started to turn for them in the second half of the period, and the Lightning took advantage of a couple of, frankly, dumb penalties on the Stars. Brayden Point got them on the board on the power play at 11:23, and just under three minutes later, Ondrej Palat tacked another on (again on the power play). Their surge wasn’t over either, and back at 5-on-5, the Lightning were able to maintain some offensive zone pressure, and it was a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk at the point that snuck through traffic and beat Anton Khudobin. And Tampa coasting into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.

The story of the second period was penalties, particularly for the Lightning, a whole lot of chippiness, and the Stars subsequently being allowed to pull momentum in their favor, and getting back into the game. Really, it seemed like only a matter of time before they broke through, and even though it took them until nearly the last five minutes of the period, when Joe Pavelski tipped in a John Klingberg shot from the point on the power play, it was an outcome we could see coming just about a mile away.

The Stars kept that momentum rolling into the third period, and they were able to get themselves back within one just past the five minute mark, when Mattias Janmark parked himself in front of the net to deflect in a pass by Klingberg, and suddenly things were getting really interesting. The Lightning woke up a bit from there, and started generating a bit more, rather than just trying to hold on and preserve their lead. They even picked up a goal just before midpoint of the period—well, almost. Mikhail Sergachev got one past Khudobin, but upon further review, the entry was offside, so that one came back. So the rest of the period was a matter of the Lightning holding on to that one goal lead, and that they did. The Stars got a couple of looks, and about a minute of 6-on-5 time with the goalie pulled, but in the end, the Lightning kept them frustrated, and tied up the series in the process.

Final: Tampa Bay 3, Dallas 2
Series: 1-1 Tie
SB Nation team perspective: TBL | DAL
Highlights: NHL