After a 3-2, double overtime victory that kept their season alive Saturday, the Dallas Stars will need another win to prevent the Tampa Bay Lightning from hoisting the Stanley Cup on Monday.
It was the second consecutive overtime game of the Stanley Cup Final, after Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in Game 4 to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 series lead. Corey Perry was the hero for Dallas, extending the NHL's championship series with the winning goal 9:23 in the second extra frame.
Here's what to know about Monday's game, with the Stanley Cup on the line.
Stanley Cup Final Game 6
When: Monday, Sept. 28
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live
Odds (via DraftKings): TB: -162 (bet $162 to win $100); DAL: +140 (bet $100 to win $140)
Game 5 was everything that the Dallas Stars want to be: Perry scored, Joe Pavelski's 13th goal tied Brayden Point for the playoff lead and netminder Anton Khudobin kept the Lightning from rallying back, making 39 saves to become the fifth goalie since 1956 to make more than 700 saves in the postseason, creating the opportunity for Perry to pot another.
What's more, superstar center Tyler Seguin had assists on every goal. Seguin now has five points in the past two games after putting up just one in the previous 13.
The Stars will have to keep that momentum going in Game 6 because it's now or never.
However, history is not on their side. The Lightning are 6-0 in games following a loss this postseason, and they have been here before. During the Eastern Conference Final, they dropped what could have been a series-ending Game 5 to the New York Islanders in double overtime. They are not about to lose a second successive game for the first time in these playoffs with everything on the line.
"We've felt this feeling before," Tampa Bay head coach John Cooper said, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). "We have felt this sting, and then we've rebounded."
The Bolts will be missing captain Steven Stamkos, who did not play in Games 4 and 5 after seeing less than three minutes in Game 3 (his lone appearance of the postseason). He was ruled out for the rest of the series Sunday.
But they have made it this far without him, and the loss of Stamkos should be a non-factor as the Tampa Bay Lightning take Game 6 and, with it, the second Stanley Cup in franchise history.