After the Dallas Stars crushed the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Bolts came back to even the series by holding off a Dallas comeback for a 3-2 victory. With the series lead on the line, Game 3 gets underway on Wednesday night.
Stanley Cup Final Game 3
Matchup: Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. ET (pregame coverage begins at 7; NHL Overtime to follow the game)
The Lightning are still without captain Steven Stamkos, who hasn't played since the restart because of a lower body injury, but he participated in Tuesday's morning skate. The 30-year-old amassed 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) through 57 games when he was healthy this year.
His return would only bolster a Lightning offense that already has the top two skaters in playoff scoring, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, with 28 and 26 points, respectively. Stamkos will be a motivated player in the Stanley Cup Final. He was with the Lightning when they fell in the Final in 2015 and lost in the Eastern Conference Final to eventual Cup champions Pittsburgh in 2016 and Washington in 2018.
Offensively, Dallas has countered with John Klingberg and Jamie Benn, who are tied for seventh and eighth in playoff scoring with 19 and 18 points this postseason. But Benn and center Tyler Seguin have been quiet in the Stanley Cup Final and haven't produced a point. Seguin hasn't scored a goal since Aug. 26.
As the Lightning search for their first series lead of the Cup Final, Dallas' offensive stars will need to find a spark.