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Sport Lightning rule out Stamkos for rest of Stanley Cup Finals

00:00  28 september  2020
00:00  28 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Steven Stamkos joins teammates in celebration after Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final

  Steven Stamkos joins teammates in celebration after Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final The Lightning also ignored superstition and touched the Prince of Wales Trophy after eliminating the Islanders to win the conference. THIS. MOMENT. pic.twitter.com/gWUNDXeDu6 — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 18, 2020 Some teams follow the superstition, while others do not and are unaffected. The Lightning did not touch the trophy in 2015 when they lost in the Cup Final, so they had nothing to lose by touching it this time. Tampa Bay, which was the No. 2 seed in the East, will meet Dallas in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 of the series will be on Saturday.

Steven Stamkos has been ruled out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final for the Tampa Bay Lightning , coach Jon Cooper said Sunday. He was out with an injury sustained before training camp began July 13. Stamkos participated in drills with the top power-play unit during camp but did not take

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will not play in Friday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars, head coach Jon Cooper Injured Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos has been ruled out of Game 4 with between the Lightning and the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

(Reuters) - Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will not play again during the Stanley Cup Finals, head coach Jon Cooper said on Sunday, adding the next time the team's top star might be seen on the ice is during the trophy presentation.

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The Lightning, who lead the best-of-seven final 3-2, will have a chance on Monday to clinch the franchise's second Stanley Cup when they face off against the Dallas Stars in Game Six in Edmonton, Alberta, one of two COVID-19 bubbles used by the National Hockey League for the postseason.

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  Steven Stamkos returns to Lightning lineup for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final After 211 days, Steven Stamkos is back. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain is officially in the lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.Stamkos makes his 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut nearly two months after the postseason began, a feat made possible only by his team’s ability to reach the Cup Final. Stamkos suffered a core injury in late February that required surgery. While he was initially given a timeline of six-to-eight weeks, core surgery rehab often exceeds expectations. Yet, many still hoped that Stamkos would be ready for the beginning of the postseason.

Steven Stamkos did not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place in "We've gone down this road before," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Saturday, one day after saying Stamkos wasn't ruled out for the remainder of the series.

Cup Final , Gm3: After returning to game action for the first time since February, Steven Stamkos scores to double the Lightning lead. 00:48 •. Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot in his postseason debut, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 in Game 3 to take the

Dallas staved off elimination with a 3-2 win in double overtime on Saturday night.

Recovering from March surgery to repair a core muscle injury, Stamkos has been limited to five shifts and just under three minutes of ice time during the playoffs. But he made them count, scoring a key goal in the Lightning's Game Three win that allowed them to take a 2-1 series lead.

"Stammers is done for the series," said Cooper, adding he discussed the situation with Stamkos earlier on Sunday. "Hopefully the next time you see him on the ice, it will be for the trophy presentation."

As team captain, Stamkos would accept the Stanley Cup if the Lightning win the championship.

"He did everything he could to get back and he did get back. Unfortunately, he couldn't go any further," Cooper said.

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Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February and Tampa Bay blew out Dallas in a 5-2 rout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday. Stamkos scores as Tampa Bay beat Stars 5-2 in Game 3. Lightning take 2-1 advantage in best-of-seven series.

Steven Stamkos will not be in the lineup for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they play the Dallas Stars in Game "We haven't ruled him out for the series but he's not going to play tonight," Lightning coach Jon [RELATED: Complete Stanley Cup Final coverage]. Stamkos made his postseason debut in

"He's for sure missed on the ice but the rest of the series is done for him."

With the series tied 1-1, Stamkos, twice a winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer, provided a huge emotional lift, scoring seven minutes into the opening period of Game Three to put Tampa ahead 2-0.

Stamkos did not play during the final six minutes of the first period and never took another shift the rest of the game.

"To be honest, I didn't think he was going to play at all in these playoffs," said Cooper. "I don't think any of us did, so he gave us 2:47 of brilliant hockey that is a phenomenal story, scored a huge goal for us in a win and hopefully we can keep that momentum moving forward."

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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