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Lightning center Anthony Cirelli, pictured during a game earlier this season against the Blackhawks, had a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup following a six-game absence.
The two-way forward returns sooner than anticipated and makes an immediate impact.
Tampa Bay scores three goals in the second period and Andrei Vasilevskiy gets a second straight shutout in a 5-0 win.
After two sets of games were postponed, Dallas is the only division opponent the Lightning have yet to play this season.
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  1. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli, pictured during a game earlier this season against the Blackhawks, had a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup following a six-game absence.
  2. The Lightning's Anthony Cirelli (71) celebrates his goal with Victor Hedman, center, and Steven Stamkos, as the Stars' Radek Faksa skates past during the second period Saturday at Amalie Arena.
  3. Steven Stamkos, right, races the Stars' Joel Hanley to the puck during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in September at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
  4. Against the backdrop of the University of Tampa's minarets, Victor Hedman hoists the Stanley Cup during a Sept. 30 championship boat parade.
  5. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) works to keep the puck out of the net during the second period of Wednesday's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Amalie Arena.
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81), goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35), and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) battle to keep Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) from the net during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Tampa.
  7. Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) picks up a holding penalty against Lightning center Blake Coleman during the first period Thursday at Amalie Arena.
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) works to keep the puck out against Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during second period action at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 in Tampa.
  9. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), celebrates with Ross Colton, second from left, defenseman Jan Rutta, second from right, and left wing Alex Killorn (17), after Colton scored his first NHL goal.
  10. The struggling Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Claude Julien, back left, Wednesday following a three-game skid. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme, back right, was appointed interim coach.
  11. Lightning center Yanni Gourde had two new linemates on Monday night and developed instant chemistry with Alex Killorn and Alex Barre-Boulet in Tampa Bay's 4-2 win.
  12. Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Alex Barre-Boulet skates against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in Raleigh, N.C.
  13. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat reacts after his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in Raleigh, N.C.
  14. New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence after a Russian tabloid printed allegations from a former coach that he attacked an 18-year-old woman in Latvia in 2011.
  15. The Carolina Hurricanes' Vincent Trocheck (16) reaches for the puck controlled by the Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn during the third period on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Raleigh, N.C.
  16. Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) turns away the shot of the Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) during the first period.
  17. The Lightning's Brayden Point (21) brings the puck down the ice as the Hurricanes' Brady Skjei (76) defends during a game in January in Raleigh, N.C.
  18. Lightning right wing Alexander Volkov (92) handles the puck as Florida Panthers right wing Owen Tippett (74) defends Monday at Amalie Arena.
  19. Ryan Callahan, center, and Tony Luftman, left, listen to Scott Hartnell, right, on a broadcast of NHL Tonight.
  20. Brayden Point and the Lightning have seen their first two series with the Stars, their Stanley Cup finals opponent last year, postponed.
  21. Lightning players, from left, including Erik Cernak (81), Ryan McDonagh, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point (21) and Ondrej Palat (18) celebrate a Stamkos goal during Monday's game at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
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