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Stanley Cup Final, Game 5: Lines, gamethread and how to watch

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the edge of glory.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning players on the bench react after Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored the game-wining goal in the first overtime period of Game Four of the NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place on September 25, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Stars 5-4 in overtime. Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

With one more win, Barclay Goodrow will be a Stanley Cup Champion and the Sharks will have the final pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Or perhaps the Dallas Stars find a way to fight back, staving off elimination for one more game.

Last night could’ve been anyone’s game. Tonight shouldn’t be any different. Here’s everything you’ll need to know:

In Their Words

From SB Nation’s Defending Big D:

Ultimately, the Tampa Bay Lightning executed when they needed to and Dallas didn’t. Without a shutdown line, the Stars continue to struggle in controlling the Lightning’s skilled players. Neither Anton Khudobin nor Andrei Vasilevskiy has been unbeatable, but it’s Khudobin who has needed to be.

Losing Roope Hintz to an uncalled trip that sent him into the boards put an end to what had been, to that point in the game, a useful speed line. It also removed a player who had filled in on the already hurting penalty kill. The Lightning have found their power play, but it hasn’t been against the Stars’ best.

It isn’t the national network narrative, but Dallas is putting up a fight in the Stanley Cup Final with three Texas Stars pulling double-digit minutes. Unless Rick Bowness goes conservative and inserts Justin Dowling into the lineup for Saturday night, that number could go up to four.

From SB Nation’s Raw Charge:

Both Jon Cooper and Rick Bowness have said that this year’s Stanley Cup might be the hardest to win, and the Lightning have a monstrous task ahead of them if they want to do that tonight. Not only are they playing to clinch on the second-half of a back-to-back, but since last night’s game went to overtime, both teams will undoubtedly be more tired coming into Game 5.

That means this can go one of two ways: one goalie posts a shutout or the Stars and Lightning run up the score with even more goals than last night. And regardless of whether or not Steven Stamkos can play tonight, the Lightning will need their best performance of the season against a Stars team that will be playing with more desperation than ever before.

Lines

DALLAS STARS (via NHL.com)

Jamie BennJoe PavelskiAlexander Radulov
Joel KivirantaTyler Seguin - Corey Perry
Mattias JanmarkJason DickinsonDenis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano — Justin Dowling — Nick Caamano

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg
Jamie OleksiakMiro Heiskanen
Joel HanleyAndrej Sekera

Anton Khudobin
Jake Oettinger

Expected Scratches: Ty Dellandrea, Jason Robertson, Gavin Bayreuther, Thomas Harley, Landon Bow, Taylor Fedun

Unfit to Play: Blake Comeau, Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz, Stephen Johns, Ben Bishop

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (via NHL.com)

Ondrej PalatBrayden PointNikita Kucherov
Alex KillornAnthony Cirelli — Tyler Johnson
Barclay Goodrow — Yanni GourdeBlake Coleman
Pat MaroonCedric PaquetteCarter Verhaeghe

Victor Hedman — Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonaghKevin Shattenkirk
Mikhail Sergachev — Erik Cernak

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Expected Scratches: Mathieu Joseph, Mitchell Stephens, Alexander Volkov, Zach Bogosian, Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn, Scott Wedgewood

Unfit to Play: Steven Stamkos

How to Watch

Puck Drop: 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET

Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB

Broadcast/Streaming: NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS, FuboTV

Series Schedule

Game 1: Stars 4, Lightning 1
Game 2: Stars 2, Lightning 3
Game 3: Lightning 5, Stars 2
Game 4: Lightning 5, Stars 4 (OT)
Game 5: Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 6: Monday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET