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Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), top right, and left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrate Palat’s third-period game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday night.
Ondrej Palat’s knack for game-winning goals couldn’t come at a better time for Tampa Bay.
John Romano | For the third time this postseason, Tampa Bay faced elimination. And for the third time it won a one-goal game.
Tampa Bay survives elimination for the third time this postseason to force Game 6 in the Stanley Cup final.
Despite Jeffrey Springs allowing three solo homers, a strong overall pitching performance leads to Harold Ramirez delivering the winning hit in the 10th.

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  1. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), top right, and left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrate Palat’s third-period game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday night.
  2. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot on goal as Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) look on during the second period Friday night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
  3. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a second-period goal by right wing Nikita Kucherov (86).
  4. Lightning players celebrate a second-period goal by right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Friday in Denver.
  5. After the game-winning goal by Ondrej Palat, fans inside of Amalie Arena cheer during the official Lightning watch party on Friday night.
  6. Manuel Margot, pictured during Monday's game, likely won't need surgery and will rehab a "significant" patellar tendon strain with the hope of returning later this season, manager Kevin Cash said Friday.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), top right, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrate Ondrej Palat’s third period game winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Friday, June 24, 2022 in Denver. TheTampa Bay Lightning won 3-2.
  8. The Rays' Harold Ramirez reacts after driving in the winning run with a single against the Pirates during the 10th inning Friday night.
  9. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) watches the puck as Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35), defenseman Cale Makar (8), right, and defenseman Devon Toews (7), far left, look on during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
  10. Link Jarrett, seen here before a super region game last year in Starkville, Miss., went 86-32 in three seasons at Notre Dame, a .729 winning percentage that was second best in the country.
  11. Rays infielder Jonathan Aranda (62) watches his team play against the Yankees during the first inning at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.
  12. The Lightning's last game in Denver was one to forget, a 7-0 loss in Game 2.
  13. The Yankees' Jose Trevino celebrates after hitting a home run off Rays pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. during the eighth inning Wednesday.
  14. Arch Manning, the most hyped prospect of the modern recruiting era, orally committed to Texas on Thursday.
  15. Pirates manager Derek Shelton, left, greets Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly during a game against the Cubs in June in Pittsburgh. Shelton expects his players to play hard but keeps things loose off the field.
  16. Colorado players celebrate the game-winning overtime goal by center Nazem Kadri (91) in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.
  17. Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29), top right circled in red, can be seen returning to the bench with his skate on the ice as Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) shoots the puck for the winning goal in overtime of Game 4 Wednesday at Amalie Arena.
  18. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier is, by all accounts, a nice guy. That's important for his chances of success in Gainesville.
  19. As president of the USL Super League, scheduled to launch after the Women’s World Cup in 2023, Amanda Vandervort is helping to create the opportunity for hundreds of female players to play soccer professionally.
  20. Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) looks up at the scoreboard during the third period of Game 4 Wednesday at Amalie Arena.
  21. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), center, along with defensemen Ryan McDonagh (27), right, and Mikhail Sergachev (98) react after Nazem Kadri's overtime goal gives the Avalanche a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.
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