Kevin Shattenkirk emerged as the overtime hero for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night– sealing the deal on a, 5-4, overtime win and a 3-1 series lead for Tampa over the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Lightning goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy (17-6, 1.96 goals against average, .926 save percentage in 23 games played this postseason) made 26 saves on 30 shots against for an .867 SV% in the win.
Meanwhile, Stars goaltender, Anton Khudobin (13-9, 2.81 GAA, .915 SV% in 23 games this postseason) turned aside 30 out of 35 shots faced for an .857 SV% in the loss.
Tampa has never lost a series when leading 3-1 and can win their second Stanley Cup championship in franchise history on Saturday night in Game 5.
Yes, there’s a back-to-back scheduled in this year’s Stanley Cup Final because what else could 2020 throw a curveball at?
Oh and the Lightning were without Steven Stamkos in Game 4 after their captain played less than three minutes in Game 3 before being forced out of the lineup due to injury.
Once again, Tampa’s head coach, Jon Cooper, placed Carter Verhaeghe back on the fourth line with 12 forwards and six defenders dressed in the absence of Stamkos, while Dallas’ interim head coach, Rick Bowness, made no changes to his roster from Wednesday’s, 5-2, loss in Game 3 to Friday’s overtime loss in Game 4.
Luke Schenn, Mathieu Joseph, Zach Bogosian, Scott Wedgewood, Braydon Coburn, Mitchell Stephens, Stamkos and Alexander Volkov served as Tampa’s list of scratches against Dallas in Game 4.
The Stars went without the services of Radek Faksa, Blake Comeau, Jason Robertson, Stephen Johns, Ben Bishop, Justin Dowling, Landon Bow, Taylor Fedun, Gavin Bayreuther, Thomas Harley and Ty Dellandrea as Comeau missed his second-straight game due to injury.
More to come.