The Stanley Cup is a break for Tampa Bay Lightning early Sunday morning.
Lightning overthrew Finnish time on the night between Friday and Saturday in the overtime of Dallas Stars, represented by the Finnish Quartet, 5–4 and took the lead in the NHL final series with victories 3–1.
Kevin Shattenkirk’s victory in 66.34 was the third consecutive one for Tampa Bay.
However, Dallas had lunch to win in the foursome, but it lost its lead a couple of times.
After a balanced start in the middle of the opening round, defender John Klingberg took Dallas to 1-0 lead with his individual performance.
The puck shot by Klingberg at the end of his transport was the team's first shot in the match.
The Swedish defender's goal was scored by Pakkipari Esa Lindell.
After the opening goal, control of the game clearly turned to Tampa and the Handicap hung in the air.
As so many times in these playoffs, Dallas again struck like a thief.
The team's renewed number one chain Joe Pavelski – Jamie Benn – Aleksandr Radulov shot the game 2–0 in 18.28.
The goal was finished by Pavelski.
However, Dallas suffered a bad setback right after Pavelski’s hit, when Ondrej Palat liberated Brayden Point handsomely through, and the star center didn’t miss the opportunity.
Point's 1-2 reduction resulted in 59 seconds from the Dallas goal.
Dallas only scored three times in the opening round towards Andrei Vasilevski's goal, but still scored two goals.
Tampa already struggled alongside right at the start of the second set with superiority as Point made the evening one another in baseball style from the air.
After his draw, Tampa rebel in the trough again and managed to create opportunities to score a lead.
Once again, however, Dallas took the lollipop in front of his nose.
Tyler Seguin, who had been skiing on the lands of the shadows for a long time, forced the puck into the attack area, and Corey Perry managed to put a 3-2 lead into Seguin's lead just before the middle of the second set.
After his lead, Dallas even took a slight grip on the game, but one counterattack changed everything again.
Tampa's dreaded number one fugitive escaped the superiority attack, Andrew Cogliano had to break, and Tampa riveted his second superiority goal in the match with his third attempt.
The scorer was Yanni Gourde.
Early in the second set, Dallas suffered a loss when Roope Hintz was injured.
Tampa's racket was unfortunately left under the skate of the Tampere center, and this one fell to the side.
Hintz, who had already experienced hard in these playoffs, was lying on the ice and a moment later flew straight into the locker room and no longer returned to the trough during the match.
At the start of the third round, Joel Kiviranta was close to taking Dallas to the lead.
The puck fired by the Finnish striker was already flying behind Vasilevsky, but the defense had a good time at the last minute.
Just a moment later, the other end flickered.
Alex Killorn went the right way, putting b-point Tampa into the lead for the first time in the match.
Dallas has not yet agreed to bend.
Halfway through the game, a moment after the force majeure ended, Pavelski turned the puck to the goal, from where it bounced in through the defense and leveled the game to 4-4.
The entry point was scored by Miro Heiskanen, for whom the point was already 25th in the playoffs.
There were no more goals in the even third round, and the match progressed to extra time in goals 4-4.
Right at the start of overtime, Dallas was offered a great opportunity to score a victory when Tampa’s defense had to hang on to Seguin, who escaped through.
Dallas managed to grind four against three superiority for nearly a minute.
However, Tampa took a dangerous spin and in turn gained superiority after just over five minutes of play as Stars captain Jamie Benn took on an unnecessary two-minute lead.
Tampa did not miss his own opportunity, and defender Shattenkirk loaded a huge 5–4 victory for the match series in 66.34.
Tampa outperformed four times in the match and scored three of them.
Tampa captain Steven Stamkos, who returned to the previous game from a seven-month break and scored but only played for a couple of minutes, was not involved in the fourth match.
For the first time, the Stanley Cup is off to Tampa Bay in Finnish time on Sunday morning at three o'clock.
So far, the only championship in Lightning's club history is from 2004.
In his mind as a champion, Dallas has quite a hill in front of him.
In the final history of the NHL, the 1-3 loss position has risen to victory only once in history.
It happened in 1942.
Schedule of the finals
5. Sunday 27.9, at 3 p.m.
6. Tuesday 29.9, 3 am (if applicable)
7. Thursday 1.10, 3 am (if applicable)