Quietly, the Stanley Cup Final currently sits at 1-1. With the NFL season just about to enter week three and every game in the NBA playoffs seeming to come down to the wire, news has been pretty quiet on the NHL front.
After a dominate game one victory by the Dallas Stars, the Tampa Bay Lightning knotted the series up 1-1 with a 3-2 win in game two on Monday.
In the 2019 season, Tampa Bay tied the NHL record for regular-season wins (62) before stunningly getting swept in the first round of the playoffs. The first-round exit came one year after the Lightning were one game away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals during the 2017-18 season.
The Lightning came into the 2019-2020 season as the odds on favorites to win the cup. Is this finally the season the Lightning are able to get over the hump?
For the Dallas Stars, the finals offer a chance to return to former glory. After dominating in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Stars haven’t made it past the second round of the playoffs in over a decade.
The Stars are hoping to pull off one last upset in this 2020 postseason. Dallas navigated there way past the Flames in round one before the second-seeded Avalanche took them to the seven games in the next round.
The Stars then handily took care of the West’s top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights in five games. Now the Stars are just three wins away from completing a remarkable playoff run.
Game three of what is shaping up to be a fun series is tonight at 7 p.m. CT. Both the Stars and the Lightning are looking to bring home the second championship in each of their franchise’s history.