EDMONTON, Alberta- Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars on Monday in game six to win the Stanley Cup championship after a unusual season inturupted by the coronavirus.
Lightning defeated the Stars 2-0 in the best of seven series that capped a season which forced players into isolated bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton.
Brayden Point scored the first goal, his 14th of the playoffs, during a first period power play. Blake Coleman scored the insurance goal in the second period.
Andrei Vasilevskiy minded the net for the full game, making 22 saves and setting a postseason record for minutes played.
“It was such a special feeling to have a group of guys come together and share a common goal and accomplish it,” Brayden Point told NBC Sports after the game.“It took everyone to win this.”
This is the Lightnight’s second Stanley Cup win. They last brought home Lord Stanley’s cup in 2004. When the shortened season restarted on October 2nd, they defeated the New York Islanders, the Boston Bruins, and the Dallas Stars in the playoffs.
The Stars kicked off the series with a strong 4 to 1 win in the first game, but the Lightning came back to win the next 3. Dallas forced a game 6 after a dramatic double over time 5 to 4 win.
Boston was in first place in the Eastern Conference when the season was frozen by the NHL on March 12th, due to the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the cup arrived in Tampa Bay. The celebration continues with a boat parade and fan rally located at Raymond James Stadium in Florida.