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Open Thread: Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars

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Tampa Bay Lightning v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

After four grueling rounds of playoff hockey, we have finally arrived at the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars. Dallas has been waiting nearly a week to get back into action after they dismissed the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. Denis Gurianov scored the series clinching goal at the 3:36 mark of the first overtime, and sent the Stars to their first championship round since 200.

As for the Lightning, they booked their ticket on Thursday evening with an overtime victory in Game 6 courtesy of Anthony Cirelli. The Lightning battled through various forms of injuries during the series, and were rewarded with a chance at redemption in the Stanley Cup Final. The last time Tampa advanced this far, they were defeated in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015.

How To Watch:

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Rogers Place (Edmonton, Alberta)

Television: NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Projected Lineups

Lightning

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Patrick Maroon - Cedric Paquette

Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Mikhail Sergachev - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh - Zach Bogosian
Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Stars

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark - Joe Pavelski - Denis Gurianov
Joel Kiviranta - Roope Hintz - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Jason Dickinson - Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak - Miro Heiskanen
Joel Hanley - Andrej Sekera

Anton Khudobin

Enjoy the game!