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Stamkos scores, leaves, Lightning beat Stars 5-2 in Game 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) As soon as Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, his Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated on the ice and the bench with 211 days of pent up excitement.

Even after Stamkos left with injury, they didn't let up and dominated without him, blowing the Dallas Stars out of an empty arena with a 5-2 rout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to take the lead in the series. Even though he only skated five shifts for 2:47, the longtime Lightning captain making his 2020 playoff debut 211 days after he last played in an NHL game gave the Lightning a jolt.

"Just to be able to get out into a game and have an impact on a game, which a month ago may have never been possible" a smiling Stamkos said. "It's been such a long time. At this time of the year, you want to do anything you can to help your team win. I've watched these guys be so committed to what our end goal is, and to be part of it tonight, it was a dream come true."

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Leaders
Points: N. Kucherov85
Plus/Minus: A. Cirelli28
Shots on Goal: N. Kucherov210
PIM: B. Goodrow97
Win: A. Vasilevskiy35
Shutouts: A. Vasilevskiy3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 243 (1)
Shots: 2176 (18)
PP%: 23.2% (5)
Penalty Minutes: 723 (4)
Assists: 414 (1)
SH Goals: 6 (16)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-Boston 44 14 12 100
x-Tampa Bay 43 21 6 92
x-Toronto 36 25 9 81
x-Florida 35 26 8 78
x-Montreal 31 31 9 71
Buffalo 30 31 8 68
Ottawa 25 34 12 62
Detroit 17 49 5 39
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 194 (22)
Shots Against: 2165 (17)
PK%: 81.4% (14)
Penalty Minutes: 690 (4)
Shutouts: 4 (15)
Sv%: 0.910 (9)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/21 O. Somppi Assigned to European Team Lahden Pelicans-Finland
9/12 A. Killorn Suspension Over
9/10 A. Killorn Suspended One game by NHL for boarding
9/9 A. Green Signed Two-year, entry-level contract
8/15 O. Sosunov Waived For purpose of being released
7/26 S. Martin Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
7/26 L. Witkowski Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
7/26 A. Barre-Boulet Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
7/26 C. Foote Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
7/26 G. Smith Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL