Are we having fun yet? The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Dallas Stars in a game six that many may have thought would not have even happened.
Dallas set the tone early, as Corey Perry scored the first goal of the game. After two straight goals by the Lightning, the Stars would score again in the third frame. With Perry pocketing his second goal of the game in the overtime win, the Stars let Tampa Bay know that they are still very much in this series.
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Tampa Bay needs to rely on veterans
For Tampa Bay, they need to continue to rely on their stars that have been performing so well throughout the course. Ondrej Palat would be one of them. He had a goal on three shots Saturday, and has been a factor throughout this entire series. He has scored three goals and two assists in five games. He has been a constant or Tampa Bay, and they need to make sure the puck is on his stick all times.
One player I would watch for Dallas is Tyler Seguin. He had a big role in Saturday’s game, but he needs to score goals.
He had three assists on Saturday, but has yet to score in the series. In these playoffs, he has been more of an assist-getter. He has two goals and 11 assists so far this postseason. Although assists are crucial to a team, goals are even more important. Dallas needs Seguin in particular to step up and score if they want to force a game seven.
Defense is name of the game for Stars
Defense will also be key for Dallas. Tampa Bay outshot the Stars by a 41-33 margin. Dallas needs to make sure they play strong in front of Anton Khudobin. Tampa Bay has a ton of firepower, and Dallas needs to make sure that they are ready to contain it.
Tampa Bay needs to get shots to the net
For Tampa Bay, they need to make sure they get shots to the net. Dallas had 33 blocked shots in game five on Saturday. With the Lightning being a solid shot-blocking team, this was a bit of a role-reversal. Tampa Bay needs to get deep into the zone whenever possible and avoid taking quick, easy shots at the top of the blue line.
For this game, I would feel comfortable taking Tampa Bay on the -1.5 puckline spread at 2.57. Tampa Bay certainly has the talent to pull this off without some big offensive numbers.
-- by Danny the Geek