Corey Perry and the Dallas Stars came into Game 1 and they weren’t messing around. As long as the Great Wall of Khudobin stands strong, well ... we’ve seen the Tampa Bay Lightning offense throwing everything and the kitchen sink at him. Short of the return of Steven Stamkos, the Bolts don’t have too many creative options, but they’ll try anyway.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting Final. Here’s everything you need to know for tonight:
In Their Words
From SB Nation’s Defending Big D:
In some ways, this game didn’t stick to form. Offensively, Dallas got out to a lead — primarily from getting the puck into the slot. With a lead, the Stars didn’t need to utilize their net-front and shot-from-the-point offense, and by the third period, they dropped into their comfortable shell.
Defensively, the Stars controlled the center of the ice, both the slots, where the Lightning focus their offensive zone attention, and by forcing neutral ice play to the outside. Tampa Bay couldn’t generate any speed coming into the Dallas end, and once they made it into the offensive zone, they couldn’t get any space to set up their lethal offense.
From SB Nation’s Raw Charge:
If the Bolts continue to play the way they did on Saturday, they don’t have a chance of winning this series. Although they did get better as the game progressed, it wasn’t enough, as Anton Khudobin shut the door the rest of the way. They need to have a better start tonight, and it would be great if they could score first — they’ve allowed the opening goal for the last six playoff games. [...]
The Lightning haven’t lost consecutive games in the entire playoffs yet. ‘Yet’ is the key word. They might be a confident team, but they will have dug themselves an enormous hole if they hand the Stars another win. Tampa Bay hasn’t beaten Dallas at all this season. The way they respond in tonight’s game is critical to how the rest of the series will play out.
DALLAS STARS (via NHL.com)
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (via NHL.com)
Unfit to play: Jan Rutta, Steven Stamkos
How to Watch
Puck Drop: 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
Broadcast/Streaming: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, FuboTV
Game 1: Stars 4, Lightning 1
Game 2: Monday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 3: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 4: Friday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 5: Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 6: Monday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET