Lightning carry momentum into back-to-back games

Tanya Simon
September 26, 2020

The Dallas Stars have to fix some things in a hurry, or this Stanley Cup Final could be over quickly.

According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, the fan's friends screamed "Shoot!"

"You just focus on the game". "It's just a matter of worrying about tomorrow and not even looking forward to Game 5, because tomorrow is such an important game". Game four was a physical battle as there were multiple fights and penalties, but the Lightning cruised to a 4-1 victory behind Brayden Point recording one goal and one assist.

"Score! Cerelli! Stanley Cup Finals, here come the Tampa Bay Lightning", exclaimed Tampa Bay Lightning radio play-by-play announcer, Dave Mishkin. Then in the second, we win a PK face-off and people aren't where they're supposed to be and they get another one.

"At the end of the day, we're down 2-1". We've got the guys in here that can do it, ' we'll be fine.

Finally, the conclusive stage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is upon us. "Regardless if there's fans in the building or not, the exuberance and relief are unparalleled", said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper in a postgame interview.

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In just under three minutes of hockey, Steven Stamkos wrote another legendary chapter in the history of the Stanley Cup final. The last time they had over 29 shots on goal in a game was back in round two versus the Avalanche. Center Brayden Point continues to build on his strong playoff performance as he led the team in game one with two goals and three assists.

In its only back-to-back this postseason, Tampa Bay won Games 2 and 3 in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against Boston.

Dallas has twice had back-to-backs, splitting games with Calgary in the first round on the Western Conference side, and Colorado in the second round. "Our group feels like we've got a recipe in how we want to play and no matter who's going over the boards, no matter how many times in a row you're asked to go over, you see the effort and the will from everybody and that's what's been the key for us".

"Not anxious about Saturday, anxious about tomorrow, Saturday will take care of itself", Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. This series has great matchups between players that NHL experts consider among the league's best. The Lightning dominated game one as they exploded for eight goals in an offensive outburst. Stamkos played 2:47 in Game 3 but scored a goal on his third shift of the postseason.

"We'll be doing everything we can to win that (Game Four) tomorrow", stated Stars coachRick Bowness "We don't want to fall down 3-1 (in the series)".

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