The Dallas Stars were able to avoid elimination in game 5 of the Staley Cup Finals with a 3-2 double-overtime win. Thanks to some clutch goal scoring and terrific goaltending, Dallas has a chance to force Tampa Bay to game 7 with a victory Monday.
Doing the worm
Call him an agitator, call him greasy, but you have to call him effective. Corey Perry has been irritating opponents since he broke into the league back in 2005 with the Anaheim Ducks.
He has really picked up his offensive production over the past 2 games. After going a dubious 12 straight playoff games without a point, Perry found the stat sheet in Game 4 with a goal. He carried that momentum right into Saturday night.
Perry got the Stars going with a finish off the post near the end of the 1st period. Then in the second overtime, with Tampa Bay dictating the pace, Perry potted home a juicy rebound to keep Dallas' season going. Perry has been finding pay-dirt in the grimy areas, just where he wants to be.
Joe Pavelski was not interested in talking about tying the record for most playoff goals scored by an American after a devastating Game 4 overtime defeat. However, he was pretty pumped right after taking the lead in that department in game 5.
Understandably so, as the record-breaking score tied the game for Dallas with minutes remaining in their season. Pavelski has been exactly what the Stars signed up for, scoring 13 goals for them in the bubble.
"We're not going home"
After 3 straight losses to the Bolts, Anton Khudobin gave the Stars everything they could have asked for. In a night where Tampa Bay controlled the game and the puck for the majority of the play, Khubobin stood tall.
Facing 41 shots, Khudobin kept 39 of them out. His save off a Bryden Point tip from a beautiful pass from Victor Hedman was otherworldly. Less than 3 minutes later, Perry ended the game. If Khudobin does not make that unbelievable left toe save, the Lighting would have raised The Stanley Cup.
If Dallas wants to force a Game 7, they should continue to crash the blue paint and look for shots from their defenseman. They had success generating offensive when combing those 2 aspects.
Story by Chad Jones
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