But before the game, the final five NHL awards were handed out as well as naming the two all-star teams and the rookie all-star team.
The big winner was Leon Draisaitl who won the Ted Lindsay Trophy as well as the Hart Trophy. Both are given to the NHL’s most valuable player with the Lindsay being voted upon by the player’s association and the Hart by the writers.
Cale Makar won the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s best rookie, while Roman Josi won the Norris as the best defenseman and Connor Hellebuyck was victorious in the Vezina, as the league’s top goaltender.
TAMPA BAY 3 DALLAS 2 (Best of seven series tied 1-1)
Tampa Bay had not scored in its previous 14 power play attempts before Monday’s game and after the Stars killed off the first power play, the Lightning finally scored with the man-advantage as Brayden Point’s shot fluttered over the glove of Anton Khudobin to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.
They doubled their lead to 2-0 less than three minutes later when Ondrej Palat scored his first goal in three games, taking a nice feed from Kucherov and slammed home his ninth of the post-season.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored his second of the playoffs just 54 seconds after that as his shot from the point had eyes and managed to elude everyone including Khudobin as the Lightning took a 3-0 lead into the dressing room, outshooting Dallas 14-6.
The Stars came out firing in the second but managed to score only once as they outshot Tampa Bay 18-5. Joe Pavelski scored his 10th of the playoffs, deflecting a John Klingberg shot from the blueline as Dallas scored on the power play.
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While Tampa Bay outshot Dallas in the third period 12-5, the Stars scored the only goal that counted in the third when Mattias Janmark potted his first goal since February 15 and only his second since the Winter Classic as he deflected in a nice pass from Klingberg with Andrei Vasilevskiy having no chance on the goal.
The Lightning thought they extended the lead to two near the halfway mark of the third when Mikhail Sergachev scored, but Dallas challenged the goal, claiming the play was offside. Upon review in Toronto, it was deemed to be offside and no goal.
Vasilevskiy picked up his 15th win of the post-season as he stopped 27 shots. He has a 1.88 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
Khudobin gave up all three goals on 31 shots as his record fell to 13-7. His GAA is 2.57 with a .922 save percentage.
Klingberg, Kucherov and Hedman each had two assists. The two assists by Kucherov gave him 28 points in the post-season, two ahead of teammate Point, as he leads the NHL in scoring.
Kucherov led both teams with six shots on goal. Pavelski had five.
Blake Coleman and Palat led with seven hits while Coleman also added an assist in the win.
Heiskanen had four blocked shots.
The Lightning were 2-4 on the power play while Dallas was 1-5.
Brayden Point – 1
Ondrej Palat – 1
Joe Pavelski – 1
Mattias Janmark - 1
John Klingberg – 2
Victor Hedman – 2
Nikita Kucherov - 2
Shots on Goal
Nikita Kucherov – 6
Joe Pavelski - 5
Blake Coleman - 7
Ondrej Palat - 7
Cedric Paquette – 6
Denis Gurianov – 6
Jamie Oleksiak – 6
Ondrej Palat – 4