The Lightning jumped around, hugged and celebrated on the ice. They made some noise in appreciation of Kevin Shattenkirk’s overtime goal in the dressing room. But after that, coach Jon Cooper said, things got quiet.
The Lightning beat the Stars 5-4 in overtime Friday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at Edmonton, but the next game is the one that matters most. On Saturday night, with a 3-1 series lead, they have a chance to win the Cup.
“It was laser focus,” Cooper said. “They came here to do something. They’re on their way, but like we’ve said all along, we haven’t won anything yet.”
The Lightning had about 20 hours from when Game 4 ended until Game 5 begins.
Center Brayden Point, who scored twice Friday, didn’t want to talk about the next game, saying the Lightning were focused on recovering.
Shattenkirk said he was looking forward to tonight because his year could come full circle from when his contract was bought out by the Rangers last offseason.
“It’s every sort of emotion you can think of,” the defenseman said of scoring in overtime. “It was a big moment, big goal and looking forward to (tonight).”
He’s the fifth Lightning player to become an overtime hero this postseason. The Lightning have played seven games past regulation and have won six.
They keep finding themselves in that situation and keep finding a way through it.
“We know we’ve put in a lot of the groundwork and we’ve made it hard on teams,” Shattenkirk said of the overtime success. “That’s one of our biggest attributes is we can wear teams down.”
Friday’s overtime started 4-on-4 after Stars forward Corey Perry was called for tripping Point and Point was called for embellishment with less than 30 seconds left in regulation.
Just 37 seconds into overtime, Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was called for holding, and the Lightning found themselves killing a penalty when they felt they should have been on a power play.
Sergachev said he was thankful his teammates found a way to kill the penalty, calling it huge.
The kill energized the Lightning after a call they didn’t agree with.
Eventually, the Lightning got a questionable call in their favor as Stars wing Jamie Benn was called for tripping forward Tyler Johnson. Shattenkirk made the most of that one.
While Lightning wing Pat Maroon screened goalie Anton Khudobin in front of the net, Shattenkirk lined up his shot. He sank almost to the right faceoff dot and put a wrist shot off the pipe and into the net.
He watched the puck go in, threw one arm up and then was mobbed, first by defenseman Victor Hedman and then by everyone else on the ice. Captain Steven Stamkos, who didn’t play, was waiting for him in the tunnel.
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But the Lightning kept the win in perspective. They had something bigger in mind, possibly a day away.
First Period—1, Dallas, Klingberg 4 (Lindell), 7:17. 2, Dallas, Pavelski 11 (Benn, Radulov), 18:28. 3, Tampa Bay, Point 12 (Palat, Shattenkirk), 19:27. Penalties—Oleksiak, Dal (Hooking), 13:52.
Second Period—4, Tampa Bay, Point 13 (Kucherov, Killorn), 2:08 (pp). 5, Dallas, Perry 3 (Seguin, Janmark), 8:26. 6, Tampa Bay, Gourde 7 (Kucherov, Sergachev), 18:54 (pp). Penalties—Oleksiak, Dal (Tripping), 1:38; Cernak, TB (Holding), 11:10; Cogliano, Dal (Hooking), 17:34.
Third Period—7, Tampa Bay, Killorn 5 (Sergachev, Cirelli), 6:41. 8, Dallas, Pavelski 12 (Seguin, Heiskanen), 11:35. Penalties—Maroon, TB (Holding), 9:16; Point, TB (Unsportsmanlike Conduct), 19:31; Perry, Dal (Interference), 19:31.
Overtime—9, Tampa Bay, Shattenkirk 3 (Hedman, Maroon), 6:34 (pp). Penalties—Sergachev, TB (Holding), 0:37; Benn, Dal (Tripping), 5:10.
Shots on Goal—Tampa Bay 8-15-8-4_35. Dallas 3-14-11-2_30. Power-play opportunities—Tampa Bay 3 of 4; Dallas 0 of 3. Goalies—Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy 17-5-1 (30 shots-26 saves). Dallas, Khudobin 13-8-1 (35-30). T—3:01. Referees—Francis Charron, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen—Steve Barton, Brad Kovachik.