Tampa Ties Series with Game 2 Win

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With the Dallas Stars winning game 1, they hoped they could take advantage of this series. Game 2 could’ve shown the Stars continuing to be the underdog of this series. However, Game 2 showed that playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t easy. The Lightning somehow learned from their mistakes and won game 2 to tie the series up at one apiece. For the Lightning, they knew they did not want to be down 2-0 in this series. So, the Lightning managed to play an excellent game. Here’s the recap starting with the first period.

Stars Land In Penalty Box in Period 1

The Stars’ downfall was their time spent in the penalty box. The Dallas based team was in the penalty box three times in the first period. With their opponent being such an offensive threat, you simply cannot risk that many scoring opportunities while on the penalty kill. While the early penalty to Mattias Janmark for a high sticking didn’t affect the Stars, the next two penalties did. When Joe Pavelski took a penalty for tripping, Brayden Point would be there to put the Lightning on top, getting a pass from Nikita Kucherov. Point buried the puck passed Anton Khudobin to put the Lighting up 1-0.

Later in the period, the Stars would make another costly penalty as James Oleksiak took a holding penalty. The Lightning would once again take advantage as with some pretty puck movement, Ondrej Palat would get an open net goal to put the Lightning up 2-0. Just 54 seconds later, Kevin Shattenkirk would provide the Lightning with another goal to put them up 3-0. Shattenkirk shot the near the end of the blue line into the zone, and it went past Khudobin.

Stars Get One Back In The 2nd Period

For the second period, the Stars finally got on the board. After Ondrej Palat took a slashing penalty, the Stars wasted no time on their 4th power play of the night to get on the board. Just 5 seconds into the power play, John Klingberg fired a shot deflected by Joe Pavelski and past Andrei Vasilevskiy to get the Stars on the board. Despite that no other goals got scored, both teams got some chances to get a goal. Joe Pavelski was almost to about to get his second game when he got stopped on a small breakaway by Andrei Vasilevskiy. Just after that, Pat Maroon had a tiny little breakaway himself, but like Vasilevskiy, Khudobin also stopped Pat Maroon.

Stars Fall Just One Short in the 3rd Period

During the 3rd period, the Stars were starting to get ideas of coming back in this game. Five minutes in, Radulov made a brilliant pass to Mattias Janmark. Janmark then buried it to make it a one-goal game. But then things became interesting and more dramatic thanks to Tampa. After a Mikhail Sergachev shot near the blue line, the puck found its way into the net. It seemed to be a 4-2 lead for the Lightning. However, Stars coach Rick Bowness decided to challenge for offside before the goal. On replay, as it turns out, before the goal, a pass from Blake Coleman got to Pat Maroon when he entered the zone.

Coleman crosses the blue line before Maroon crossed it. It was enough evidence to prove the play was offside, and no goal was awarded to Tampa, keeping it a one-goal game. But with time running out for Dallas, they needed one more chance to get the game-tying goal. With just 3.8 seconds left, a pass from Miro Heiskanen went towards John Klingberg. However, Klingberg didn’t get enough power in his shot, causing Cedric Paquette to clear it, and the horn sounded as the Lightning had won Game 2 by the final score of 3-2. Game 3 will be on Wednesday, September 23rd.

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