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Stamkos makes immeasurable impact in short-lived return

Smile because it happened.

Steven Stamkos scored, but was then quickly deemed unfit to continue in his much-anticipated return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who made the most of the spark provided by their captain anyway, taking Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final over the Dallas Stars with a 5-2 victory.

Stamkos provided the most memorable moment, but this was just another game dominated by the central figures of the Lightning’s charge toward a championship. Conn Smythe favourite Victor Hedman scored his 10th goal of the postseason to continue scaling the record books for scoring by defensemen, while all three members of the Lightning’s brilliant No.