Monday, September 21st, 2020


Tampa Bay Lightning Defeat Dallas Stars 3-2 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“And the series is even. The best of seven is a best of five.” – Doc Emrick

“What a game. It had everything…we got ourselves a series.” – Eddie Olczyk

“After having a shaky Game 1…it’s been a good bounce back outing for the Tampa Bay netminder.” – Brian Boucher on Lightning Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 21, 2020 – NBC Sports continued its exclusive presentation of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 2 between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on NBCSN. All Stanley Cup Final games are being played at Rogers Place.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and Brian Boucher called the game along with Pierre McGuire providing reports and player interviews. Olczyk, Boucher and McGuire were on site at Rogers Place, while Emrick called the action from a home studio. Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp provided studio commentary during intermissions from NBC Sports’ headquarters in Stamford, Conn. John Forslund also provided commentary from Rogers Place during pre-game coverage.

Following are notes and quotes from Game 2:


Emrick: “And the series is even. The best of seven is a best of five.”

Olczyk: “What a game. It had everything, did it not, Doc? It had big hits, bad penalties by Dallas to put them behind the eight ball and you had tremendous goaltending at either end. Outstanding efforts to put the puck in the back of the net. We got ourselves a series.”

Boucher on Tampa Bay G Andrei Vasilevskiy: “(After) having a shaky Game 1, he needed to stand tall and he certainly did in the second period. Even though he gave up a goal on one of those 18 shots, I think several of his saves allowed his team to remain with the lead and it’s been a good bounce back outing for the Tampa Bay netminder.”

Olczyk on Dallas’ inability to pull the goalie late in the game: “Tampa just absolutely smothering the Dallas Stars as they exit the zone.”

Olczyk on C Mattias Janmark’s goal, 3-2 Lightning: “He goes to the net, stops on the blue paint and he has a strong, bottom handle on the stick. You go to that area, you’re going to get five free goals every year you play. And what a pass, a brilliant pass by (John) Klingberg.”

Carter: “If anyone came into tonight’s game thinking it was going to be a short series, they were mistaken. Tampa Bay responded exactly how I thought they would respond…both teams punched and counterpunched, and that’s what you expect to see in a Stanley Cup Final.”

Sharp: “That was a good hockey game. We saw some power-play goals from the Lightning earlier, some beautiful plays from Nikita Kucherov, some saves from both goaltenders, some bad blood, a lot of big hits. It’s shaping up to be a pretty good series.”

Jones: “The fight back from the Dallas Stars really stood out to me. I thought Tampa was going to run away with the game. I wondered if (Anton) Khudobin would even start the second period. Dallas left him in there and Tampa found a way to win a hockey game where I don’t think they necessarily played a great game. I think they played a great first period, but there’s more in the tank for Tampa in this series.”


Sharp on Stars’ response in second period: “I liked how they responded at the start of the second period being down 3-0. Nowhere in the playoff handbook does it say just because you’re down three goals in a playoff game that you have to go away nicely…they are angry…it was scrums, it was physical play, it was getting under the skin of the Tampa Bay Lightning.”


Emrick: “First period impressive for Tampa Bay. Second period impressive for Dallas…it’s been crunching, scuffling and artistic.”

Boucher on Dallas C Joe Pavelski’s deflected goal, 3-1 Lightning: “One of the best in the business at redirecting pucks…no chance for (Andrei) Vasilevskiy, what a thing of beauty by Pavelski.”

Olczyk on Tampa Bay RW Nikita Kucherov: “It’s been a well-rounded game in a lot of areas. I think he could probably do without the collision below the goal line, the incidental contact with (Jamie) Benn. Sometimes coaches will tell you ‘hit or be hit’ and he took a couple of hits early and followed those with a couple nice primary assists the first couple of goals this game for his club.”


Emrick: “A house of horrors first period for the Stars.”

Olczyk on Tampa Bay C Brayden Point’s opening goal: “(Anton) Khudobin is moving right, the puck goes left. He’s expecting a fastball, ends up seeing a knuckle curve.”

Olczyk on LW Ondrej Palat’s goal, 2-0 Lightning: “Alex Killorn is causing so much havoc in front of the net. Bad penalty, puck ends up in the back of the net.”

Boucher on D Kevin Shattenkirk’s goal, 3-0 Lightning: “Sometimes when you give up a couple of quick goals, things can come at you really fast and that’s exactly what’s happening to the Dallas Stars right now.”

Olczyk on the Dallas-Tampa Bay physical matchup: “When you look at the teams Tampa has played against in these playoffs with the Islanders, Boston and Columbus, the most physical team without question was the Columbus Blue Jackets. The one thing that Dallas can do is they can play equal to that, but they have more guys who really get up and get there and that takes its toll…bit of a different animal Tampa is facing with the Dallas Stars.”

Olczyk on the Lightning’s lineup of 12 forwards and 6 defensemen: “With only 11 forwards, that’s more ice time, the extended games, overtimes, the physicality. I think it (having 12 forwards) gives the forwards a little more quality of ice time instead of quantity.”

Emrick just before puck drop: “I am like Corey Perry during the anthem, jumping up and down at the bench. This is just great.”   


Sharp on Dallas’ defensemen: “They get involved in the offense, they’re all great skaters. I like it, it’s a trend that we’ve seen all across the playoffs with a lot of teams this year. It’s offense from the defense position. I think it’s important when you get in the offensive zone to make those wingers work defensively.”

McGuire on Dallas G Anton Khudobin: “They used to have the Bulin Wall (Nikolai Khabibulin) down in Tampa. Well, this is Anton Khudobin Wall. This guy has been phenomenal…(reminds me of) 2011 Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, who played the position like a linebacker.”

Forslund: “So he’s a linebacker out of the KFL – the Kazakhstan Football League.”

Olczyk on the veteran leadership of offseason acquisitions Stars RW Corey Perry and C Joe Pavelski: “That’s why they went out and got them. The experience of a guy like Corey Perry who has won a Stanley Cup and a guy like Joe Pavelski, who has been in a Stanley Cup Final. They’ve been big-time performers…these are experienced guys that give quality minutes…this is where you really count on your leadership and the guys that have been there. I think it was two tremendous signings by Dallas general manager Jim Nill.”