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Sport Stamkos makes brief return as Lightning dominate Stars in Game 3 win

12:41  24 september  2020
12:41  24 september  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February to help the Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Dallas Stars 2-1 after Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos celebrates his first-period goal with teammate Patrick Maroon during the Lightning 's 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is making his 2020 playoff debut in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final 211 days since he last played in Dallas is without veteran forward Blake Comeau, who appeared to injure his right shoulder on a hit by Ryan McDonagh in Game 2. The team called

Steven Stamkos made a very brief appearance for the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

a group of hockey players on the field © Getty

He returned to the lineup for the first time in seven months, scored a goal on his only shot, and then spent the rest of the game sitting on the bench, presumably because he was still not 100%.

But that one goal? It helped get the Lightning rolling early in what became a 5-2 rout, giving them a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Stars.

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Stamkos scores in return . TBL@DAL, Gm 3 : Stamkos returns to lineup with goal. Stamkos scored on the third of his five shifts in his first game since Feb. 25 to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead, but Jason Dickinson and Miro Heiskanen scored for the Stars , who have lost two in a row for the first time since

Steven Stamkos will make his 2020 playoff debut tonight in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars . But before Tampa Bay's final Round Robin contest against Philadelphia, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper announced Stamkos was out "indefinitely."

Game 4 is Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

The night began with Stamkos being the big story, and in a way he still kind of is in the aftermath. Not only for his early goal, but also for the fact he managed to play just a handful of shifts before leaving again. It certainly creates more questions as to whether or not he will be able to go in Game 4 or later in the series.

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But while Stamkos was not able to continue, Tampa’s other star players continued to dominate.

Each player on the top line (Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat) finished with a goal and an assist, while Victor Hedman continued his stellar postseason by scoring his 10th goal. That is of the highest marks ever for a defenseman in the playoffs. Paul Coffey (12) and Brian Leetch (11) are the only defenders to ever score more goals in a single postseason.

Stamkos returns for Lightning in Game 3

  Stamkos returns for Lightning in Game 3 Steven Stamkos has gotten the green light. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain is in the lineup for Game 3 against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. Stamkos, who hasn't played since Feb. 25 after requiring core muscle surgery, has been dealing with a lower-body injury since the club entered the bubble in July. Stamkos ranked second on the Lightning in both goals (29) and points (66) through 57 regular-season contests. He scored points in 15 consecutive games before being injured.The 30-year-old sniper led the team with 10 power-play goals during the regular season. His presence on the man advantage should boost a unit that's been struggling as of late.

The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the series for the first time in this year's Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars . An offensive explosion in the second period Want to ask a Lightning player a question after that big #StanleyCup win ? Submit your question about the game by replying to this Tweet and it

The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the series for the first time in this year's Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars . An offensive explosion in the second period gave With the win all but wrapped up, Tampa continued the tone set in Game 2 and got physical with their beaten down opponents, as if to

Hedman also made a fantastic defensive play early in the first period — when the game was still tied 0-0 — by chasing Stars’ speedster Denis Gurianov down from behind and disrupting his shot attempt on a breakaway.

Tampa really started to take the game over during a completely lopsided second period that saw them score three goals and own a commanding 21-4 shots on goal edge. The Lightning had 27 total shot attempts while allowing just 9 to the Stars.

That offensive outburst also resulted in the Stars pulling starting goalie Anton Khudobin at the start of the third period. It was one of his worst games of the postseason as he stopped just 24 out of 29 shots.

There is still a long way to go in this series but this is starting to trend in a tough direction for the Stars with back-to-back losses. It is not just the fact that they lost those games that is concerning, but the way Tampa Bay has been able to jump out to huge leads (3-0 in Game 2, 5-1 in Game 3) and just look like a vastly superior team for extended periods of time.

3 Takeaways: Lightning’s top players shine in Game 3 win

  3 Takeaways: Lightning’s top players shine in Game 3 win Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and the Tampa Bay Lightning's top line all made big contributions to their Game 3 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.The Lightning now lead the series by a 2-1 margin.

Steven Stamkos is closer to returning but did not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3 -2 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Game 3 is at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday (8 p.m.; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). "You don't get this many chances to be where we are and he wants to be a part of it

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The Lightning are the arguably the most talented team in the league on paper and when they get rolling like they have at times over the past two games it is going to take near perfection — with great goaltending — to slow them down. The Stars fell short in both areas on Wednesday. They have to figure out how to get back closer to that level before Game 4 on Friday night.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars (TB leads 2-1)

Stars 4, Lightning 1 (recap)

Lightning 3, Stars 2 (recap)

Lightning 5, Stars 2

Game 4: Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. ET – NBC (livestream)

Game 5: Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. ET – NBC (livestream)

*Game 6: Monday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. ET – NBC

*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. ET – NBC

*if necessary

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Stamkos makes brief return as Lightning dominate Stars in Game 3 win originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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