Severely outplayed in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in losing 4-1 to the Dallas Stars Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning appeared optimistic Sunday about seeing their captain, Steven Stamkos, return to game action.

Coach Jon Cooper said Stamkos "is inching his way closer" but declined to specify whether he'd be available for Monday's Game 2.

"I guess there's always a chance, but as of now, I don't think so," Cooper said. "But that's why you've got to tune in and find out."