Lightning shutout Stars in first Stanley Cup rematch

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves for his 2nd straight shutout and 23rd overall and the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-0 on Saturday evening within the principle Stanley Cup rematch of the season.

The teams will meet again Tuesday evening in Dallas. They had four outdated scheduled meetings season postponed resulting from COVID protocols and climate points in Dallas.

Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli each and each had a arrangement and an support for Tampa Bay, and Ondrej Palat, Brayden Level and Pat Maroon also scored for Tampa Bay. The Lightning scored two energy-play targets and one immediate-handed to lengthen their profitable trot to four games.

“We did masses of correct issues and tt became once factual a correct crew effort,’’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper acknowledged. “Particular teams had been excellent with the energy play going two-for-two, so it became once factual a ramification of games where we done well and masses of issues went factual for us.’’

Dallas’ Anton Khudobin made 12 saves before being modified within the third length by Jake Oettinger, who stopped all five photographs he confronted.

“I believe overall we’re factual no longer in sync enough now and again,’’ Dallas forward Andrew Cogliano acknowledged. “It seems fancy every game it’s factual something utterly different and we’re no longer inserting it together.’’

Palat struck three seconds into Tampa Bay’s first energy-play likelihood, stealing the puck from Jason Dickinson down low and roofing a shot over Khudobin for his seventh of the season and fifth on the energy play — which ties his single-season excessive.

Tampa Bay scored three targets within the 2nd length.

Cirelli, abet after missing two weeks, took a cross from Stamkos contained within the Dallas blue line and raced in for a breakaway and pulled the puck to his backhand before lifting it over Khudobin for his seventh profession immediate-handed arrangement at 4: 06.

“After missing a couple of games I factual desired to come by in and come by my toes inviting,’’ Cirelli acknowledged. “Nonetheless it in actual fact’s a diminutive bit booster at any time even as you is doubtless to be ready to come by one in there. Happily, I made a transfer and it went in for me tonight.”

Level made it 3-0 when he raced up the ice and minimize to his factual as he entered the Dallas zone and set aside the puck on the toe of his stick and wristed a shot abet across his body to the far put up at 8: 17.

Maroon tapped in a cross from Tyler Johnson on a backdoor play at 15: 12 for Tampa Bay’s 2nd energy-play arrangement of the game.

Stamkos scored his 10th of the season at 1: 07 of the third, one-timing a backhand cross from Cirelli that made it 5-0 and ended the evening for Khudobin.

“Tonight 5-on-5 for 2 classes we had been very gay with the draw we had been taking part in,” Dallas head coach Rick Bowness acknowledged. “Particular teams had been a total catastrophe. The energy play sucked the lifestyles factual out of the crew. We had six energy performs and we had eight forwards, all of our top guys, with out a shot on procure. After which that fifth arrangement. That fifth arrangement danger us plenty.’’


Dallas RW Alexander Radulov overlooked his eighth consecutive game with an undisclosed lower-body wound. Coach Rick Bowness acknowledged Radulov has been doing a diminutive bit gentle skating on his comprise and might presumably presumably return at some level at some stage in a six-game homestand that opens on Tuesday towards Tampa Bay.


Dallas C Roope Hintz returned after missing two games with a lower body wound. The Stars veritably identified as up C Rhett Gardner from the taxi squad, however he became once scratched.

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