Tampa Bay Lightning NHL - Bally SportsStamkos gets 498th goal, Lightning beat Coyotes 5-3 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored his 498th goal and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied to beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Saturday. Stamkos stopped a six-game goal drought, putting the Lightning ahead 3-2 from the left circle during a power play at 11:12 of the second period. "I MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press Jan 01 Vasilevskiy helps Lightning beat Rangers in shootout TAMPA, Fla.
Since the 2015 Stanley Cup Final is now essentially a best-of-three series, the winner of Game 5 will clearly have a massive upper hand in its pursuit of Lord Stanley's Cup. It can be argued that Chicago has the advantage since it has hoisted the hardware twice since 2010, but the Bolts have proved to be resilient throughout their playoff run.
Despite that, Chicago was able to dig deep and come through with big plays when it needed them. Captain Jonathan Toews scored in the second period, while Brandon Saad netted the game-winning goal in the third to put the series on equal footing. As pointed out by Toews, the Blackhawks are continuing their penchant for coming through when the games matter most, according to the team's official Twitter account:Chicago Blackhawks @NHLBlackhawksToews: We're raising our game as the series goes along.
Ahead of a Game 5 that will undoubtedly set the tone of the remainder of the series, here is all the information you need in order to watch it on television or online, along with a look at what both teams are saying during the build toward the biggest clash of the Stanley Cup Final thus far. Where: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FloridaWhen: Saturday, June 13 at 8 p. m. ETWatch: NBCLive Stream: NBC Sports Live ExtraGame 5 PreviewWhat the Blackhawks are SayingCharles Rex Arbogast/Associated PressThings were looking somewhat grim for the Blackhawks in the early stages of Game 4, as they were facing a 2-1 series deficit and weren't playing particularly good hockey. They managed only two shots on goal in the first period, and they were very much in danger of falling behind 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final.
Crawford's experience edge may very well have been the difference in the game. It is unclear if a similar situation will arise in Game 5, but the Blackhawks have to be feeling good since their goalie is very much locked in. What the Lightning are SayingCharles Rex Arbogast/Associated PressThe Lightning have been extremely covert about their goaltending situation since an injury forced Bishop to leave his crease in Game 2. The big American was able to play in Game 3, so most expected him to be back between the posts once again Wednesday, but that wasn't the case. Tampa Bay instead turned to Vasilevskiy, who was decent in turning away 17 of the 19 shots he faced, but it was clear that he wasn't totally sharp after having not started a game since March 31. Despite that, head coach Jon Cooper had nothing but good things to say about the Russian stopper following his team's narrow defeat, according to Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.
com:Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHLCooper on Vasy: "You tell me coming in he's only going to give up 2 goals, that's a hell of a job in my book. " #TBLightningIt is possible that Cooper will call Vasilevskiy's number once again in Game 5, but that is very much up in the air. Whether it happens in Game 5 or not, though, Cooper believes Bishop will be back in action at some point in the Stanley Cup Final, per Shawn Roarke of NHL. com:"(Bishop) is going to play again in this series, there's no question, " Cooper said.
This was two great teams battling it out, two very proud teams. " #StanleyCupTampa Bay is perhaps the one team in the NHL that can match Chicago in terms of overall talent as far as its skaters are concerned, but the biggest question moving forward will relate to goaltending. Either Bishop or Vasilevskiy could potentially be in net for Game 5, but the Lightning will need a huge showing regardless with Crawford at his best on the other end of the ice. Game 5 PredictionThe Blackhawks and Bolts looked to be evenly matched teams ahead of the Stanley Cup Final, and that has proved to be true thus far. Every game has been decided by one goal, and the numbers suggest that very little is separating the finalists.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, even the shots on goal are nearly identical:ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfoThe Stanley Cup Final is very evenly matched... Lightning: 104 shots, 9 goals, 2 wins Blackhawks, 107 shots, 9 goals, 2 winsWith Chicago and Tampa Bay locked up in a stalemate, Game 5 couldn't be much bigger. The team that loses will still have an opportunity to come back, but this series has proved that winning consecutive games will be extremely difficult.
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