The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for a second consecutive season with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the finals. The Lightning will be able to enjoy their victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Amalie Arena this time.
When depth forward Ross Colton outraced his man (a big defender) to the front of the net in the second period, he scored the game-winning goal. After recording his sixth straight series-clinching shutout, Andrei Vasilevskiy deservedly took home the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Alan Hepple, a former Director of Amateur Scouting, didn’t have to look for work for long before the Arizona Coyotes named him to the position of Director of Pro Scouting. Andre Tourigny, the Avalanche’s new head coach and Patrick Roy’s assistant for two seasons, is a familiar face.
Kenny Albert: “Lightning strikes twice.”
In 2021, the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second consecutive Stanley Cup with a 1-0 victory in Game 5 against the Montreal Canadiens.
The team won its first Stanley Cup in 2004, and it won its second in a shootout the following season. When compared to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017, the Lightning are the first club to win back-to-back championships since the Lightning.
With a goal and an empty netter, Ross Colton dominated the Lightning’s second period scoring. Ryan McDonagh picked up the puck at the blue line after a scrum around the boards, and fed defence partner David Savard. The goal was a simple tap-in for Colton after a superb pass from Savard to his stick at the top of the crease.
Gary Bettman, as Amalie Arena became silent for a brief period, sent his thoughts back to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s gloomy days during the pandemic.
The NHL commissioner called over not only team captain Steven Stamkos but the entire squad to celebrate by touching, kissing, and hoisting the Stanley Cup. The Lightning capped off another epidemic hockey season by winning their second championship in 10 months, a long cry from the tradition of delivering hockey’s holy grail to the captain to take back to his club.
Even Though Everything was Completely Different, the Defending Champions Recognised the Scene.
As a result, Kuemper made history by being the first goaltender in NHL history to record an assist on a Stanley Cup Finals overtime goal. The Lightning hadn’t given up a goal at even strength in their own rink since Game 6 of the first round, when Cogliano scored. Cernak was taken out of the game when he blocked a shot by MacKinnon with his leg at 4:25 of the second period.