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Game 4 of Friday's Stanley Cup Finals was a back-and-forth battle with no lack of leadership changes or exciting moments. Ultimately, there was no shortage of controversy in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars. It gives the Blitz a commanding 3-1 lead, just one win away from the ultimate price of the sport.

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Player of the Game: Brayden Point, C, Tampa Bay Lightning

While Kevin Shattenkirk had the extra time winner, it was Point's two goals that brought the lightning bolt from a 2-0 deficit to the stars and got them back into the game. He played 20 minutes, 39 seconds for the game, and his two goals were brilliant one-offs: a breakaway goal late in the first period and a "motley" in the power game in the second.

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What worked for Tampa Bay?

Special teams. The Lightning took advantage of the man advantage in Game 4, tying the game twice and eventually winning it in the power game. Point's goal at 2:08 a.m. in the second half brought the game 2-2 to a close. Yanni Gourde's goal at 18:54 in the second game brought the game 3: 3. Shattenkirk & # 39; s goal at 6:34 overtime won the game. In the meantime, Blitz did not allow Dallas a power play goal, not even a 4-on-3 power play in overtime.

"We've made capital in the past. We didn't make it tonight," said Dallas striker Joe Pavelski.

What didn't work at Dallas?

The defence. The Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final for two main reasons: their resilience and their ability to take out their opponent when necessary. They had the first part of that formula in Game 4, starting strong with two goals after losing Game 3, then rallied to tie the game in the third period and send it into overtime. But defensively, this is the third game in a row that Blitz has scored three or more goals. While the Stars played some wild streaks earlier in the postseason, they eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights and won the West on their defense and goalkeeping role, allowing three goals against just once in five games. Goalkeeper Anton Khudobin, the hero of this series, has saved 0.863 percent in his last three games.

"We're going to bounce back. I have full confidence in our hockey club," said Dallas coach Rick Bowness.

The goals

Dallas 1-0: John Klingberg (Esa Lindell), 7:17, first period

The stars started early with a nice second attempt by Klingberg for his fourth of the playoffs. His first shot was blocked by Jan Rutta, but Klingberg stayed with it and shot past a surprised Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning goalkeeper has given up some of them in the playoffs, including Dallas defender Jamie Oleksiak who scored his own rebound in Game 1.

Dallas 2-0: Joe Pavelski (Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov), 18:28, first period

Bowness updated his lines for Game 4 and the new top line paid off immediately. Radulov collected the puck in the defensive zone, Benn jumped to the left wing in the neutral zone and the captain sent a perfect pass to a grazing Pavelski for his eleventh goal in the playoffs leading the stars. This line barely saw the ice cream together in the regular season, but clicked here.

Tampa Bay 2-1: Brayden Point (Ondrej Palat and Kevin Shattenkirk), 2:08, second period

The lightning got new life when Dallas fell asleep late in the time. Shattenkirk sent a long jump pass to Palat in the neutral zone, who led a speed skating point – which according to the broadcast hit a top speed of 24 mph – and defeated Khudobin for his 12th of the playoffs with just 33 seconds left.

Tampa Bay 2-2: Brayden Point (Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov), 2:08, second period, power play

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With apologies to the Rays, a Tampa player's best bunt this September was Point's 13th goal in the playoffs. Killorn tried to get the puck onto the Dallas net from behind, it was deflected into the air and Point hit him with his stick into the net. The low-key best part of that goal: the referee mimicked a bunt to show Benn it was a good goal.

Dallas 3-2: Corey Perry (Tyler Seguin and Mattias Janmark), 8:26, second period

After his former linemates bonded with their new partner for a goal, Seguin created a goal for his new line. With one shot of speed he passed the lightning defense, but was handcuffed to prevent a shot. When it fell on the ice, Seguin managed to get the puck off the post back into the fold. Perry, like Corey Perry, fell into the net, forcing the ricochet home, being careful not to hit it. It was his third goal in the playoffs.

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Tampa Bay 3-3: Yanni Gourde (Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev), 18:54, second period, power play

The lightning bolts received another boost from their hot power play. Kucherov tried to feed Patrick Maroon up front, but the puck was deflected … straight to Gourde, who shot the rebound home for his seventh goal in the playoffs. This was the third goal of the game with a top-line member for Tampa. The Lightning Powerplay took place with this goal in a 5-on-11 run.

Tampa Bay 4-3: Alex Killorn (Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli), 6:41, third period

The Lightning had scored in various ways against Khudobin in Game 4, but this was the first to really feel it was up to the Dallas goalkeeper to quit. Killorn went behind the net and won a fight with defenseman Lindell. He spun around and threw a puck at Khudobin, who went over the Netminder.

Dallas 4-4: Joe Pavelski (Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen), 11:35, third period

Both the Stars and Lightning spoke to Pavelski when he was a free agent last summer for a reason: the veteran striker's reputation as a postseason hero. Dallas won his hand and gave him a three-year contract for exactly that kind of "must-have" goal in a Stanley Cup playoff game. Pavelski tossed the puck at the lightning pleat deflected into the net by Shattenkirk to tie the game in the third half. With that goal, his 12th in the playoffs and the 60th of his career, Pavelski linked Joe Mullen with the most goals by a US-born player in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Tampa Bay 5-4: Kevin Shattenkirk (Victor Hedman and Patrick Maroon), 6:34, overtime, power play

After a controversial penalty against Benn (see below) Shattenkirk met on power play and shot the puck through a screen from Maroon past Khudobin for the overtime winner. Two players who were taken over from Tampa in the off-season make it through. And a release for Shattenkirk after that Pavelski goal to tie the game ricocheted off him. This goal brought the lightning to a current 6-on-12 streak in the power game.

Controversy of the night

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Benn was called to trip Tyler Johnson at 5:10 am overtime. Referee Francis Charron claimed Benn kicked the skates out of Johnson. Repetitions clearly showed that this was not the case. Tampa converted to the power game to win Game 4.

"The referee does a tough job. I see it. It's in front of (referee) Kelly (Sutherland). He's got a great look at it. The back referee calls it," Pavelski said. "I don't have a lot of time for a piece when Tyler Johnson steps in front of Jamie Benn and (it) has no real influence on the piece. Jamie breathes on him and the guy falls over. Whether that is the case or not there is a little one Fight instead. But it's the playoffs. It's overtime. We expect 5 against 5. We expect to fight it. It's unfortunate. "

Crash of the night

#GoStars Roope Hintz after that game with #GoBolts Tyler Johnson on the ice.
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Difficult here for Roope Hintz. Johnson tried to knock the puck away, then dropped his stick. Hintz stepped on it and then crashed hard on the boards to end his night. Some felt that Johnson was also putting Hintz's head on the boards. Bowness wasn't happy, that's for sure.

Corey Perry moment of the night

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That hook on Perry on Point's landing gear was whistled for a penalty at 7:31 p.m. of the third period. But Point received a small penalty for the beautification – an absurd appeal that experts on both sides of the border rightly called. This resulted in a 4v3 power play in Dallas in extra time after a suspension penalty against Sergachev, but the Stars failed to convert.

Celebration of the night

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Lots of ups and downs when it comes to Perry. Here is his son, watching from afar and dancing for his father. How many times did it happen for other families during the Social Distanced Playoffs?

The big question for Game 5: Will Steven Stamkos or Ben Bishop play on Saturday night?

After his dramatic (if brief) return in Game 3, Lightning striker Stamkos was banned from Game 4 due to an ongoing injury problem. Coach Jon Cooper said he could return to the series. Stars Goalie Bishop was "unable to play" in Game 4 and has not seen the ice since he was drawn in the first phase of Game 5 against Colorado in the conference semifinals. The reason he played in this game was because it was the end of back-to-back games for Dallas. Will he play against Khudobin, who made his 23rd postseason appearance on Friday night? He drove in optional drills this week. Or would the stars consider giving rookie Jake Oettinger his first NHL start in an elimination game?

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