Stanley Cup Final June 24, 2022 – Lightning Live Another Day

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Stanley Cup Final June 24, 2022 – Lightning Live Another Day


Ondrej Palat came through once again when his team needed him most as he scored his third go-ahead, game-winning goal of this postseason – all in the last seven minutes of the third period – to help the Lightning force Game 6 and keep their bid for a three-peat alive.

  • Palat’s goal came at 13:38 of the third period, marking the 12th time a player scored a go-ahead, game-winning goal in the last 10 minutes of regulation with his team facing elimination in the Stanley Cup Final. His was the fourth-latest such tally in League history.
  • Palat became the second player in NHL history to score at least three go-ahead, game-winning goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation in one postseason (also Game 3 and Game 5 of CF vs. NYR). The only other player to do so is his current counterpart – and the overtime hero from Game 4 – Nazem Kadri. During his first postseason with the Avalanche in 2020, Kadri netted late go-ahead winners in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers (vs. STL), First Round (Game 1) and Second Round (Game 3).
  • Overall, Friday marked the 70th go-ahead goal of Palat’s NHL career (including 54 in the regular season) regardless of whether it stood as a winner. His 16 go-ahead goals in the playoffs rank second in franchise history behind Brayden Point (18).
  • Already known as a clutch performer, Palat added to his playoff lore by matching a career high with his 11th goal this postseason and adding to an already career-best point total (11-9—20 in 22 GP).


The Lightning became the second team in NHL history to win at least four consecutive games while facing elimination, all by a one-goal margin. Their other victories during this stretch came in Game 7 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals (1-0 W vs. NYI) and in the First Round this year against Toronto (4-3 OT W in Game 6, 2-1 W in Game 7). The only other club to accomplish that feat was the Blackhawks from 2013 to 2014 (also 4 GP).

  • Overall, the Lightning improved to 14-10 all-time when facing elimination including a 3-0 mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Tampa Bay owns a playoff record of 20-2 in the game immediately following a loss since falling to Philadelphia during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. The Lightning have outscored opponents by a combined 81-44 margin in those contests.
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy (35 saves) has manned the Tampa Bay crease in each postseason contest following a defeat dating to 2020, going 20-2 with a 1.83 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and five shutouts in those games.

The player with the most Stanley Cup Playoffs experience on the Lightning roster played a key role in keeping the club’s season alive as Corey Perry (0-2—2) factored on each of the team’s first two goals to help force Game 6 in Tampa on Sunday (8 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS).

  • Perry, who is in the Final for a third straight year with a third different club, boosted his career totals when facing elimination to 10-7—17 in 27 such contests (15-12 record).
  • Perry (37 years, 39 days) became the fourth-oldest player in NHL history with multiple points when facing elimination in a Stanley Cup Final game. He trails only Mark Recchi (43 years, 132 days in Game 6 of 2011 SCF), Jean Beliveau (39 years, 258 days in Game 6 of 1971 SCF) and Johnny Bucyk (39 years, 4 days in Game 5 of 1974 SCF).

For the 12th time in 15 years and 43rd time overall, the Stanley Cup Final will require at least six games – with the host Lightning looking to force the 18th Game 7 in Final history.

  • Tampa Bay became the 17th team to avoid elimination when facing a 3-1 series deficit in a best-of-seven Final (of the 37 who trailed by that margin). Only six have gone on to force a winner-take-all showdown: the 2006 Oilers (4-3 L vs. CAR), 1994 Canucks (4-3 L vs. NYR), 1987 Flyers (4-3 L vs. EDM), 1954 Canadiens (4-3 L vs. DET), 1945 Red Wings (4-3 L vs. TOR) and 1942 Maple Leafs (4-3 W vs. DET).
  • The last team to trail 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final and rally to win was the 2011 Bruins. Similar to what Tampa Bay is facing, they trailed 2-0 and later had to win Game 6 at home before taking Game 7 in Vancouver.
  • The Lightning have trailed 3-2 in a Stanley Cup Final twice, winning in 2004 against the Flames and losing in 2015 versus the Blackhawks.

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