What’s outdated is new once more: The 2020 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at the moment are the 2021 Stanley Cup champions, beating Montreal 1-0 in Recreation 5 on Wednesday.
“To do it in entrance of our followers and our households, it is so particular, particular, I by no means thought I’d ever expertise this in my life. It is unbelievable,” Victor Hedman stated throughout an on-ice interview.
When the Lightning gained their final Cup 282 days in the past, they did it within the Edmonton bubble. On July 7, in a clinically dominating sport, they shut the Canadiens out, 1-0, in entrance of a packed Amalie Enviornment in Tampa.
“This group, it doesn’t matter what occurs from right here on out, this group goes to be etched in historical past endlessly, and that is fairly f—ing particular,” captain Steven Stamkos stated. “I am so pleased with the fellows. You’ll be able to’t soak it in but. It is so recent. It is so new. You do not even notice what is going on to occur. We gained the Stanley Cup and we nonetheless have the Stanley Cup. That is simply superb.”
New Jersey native Ross Colton, who grew up watching the Devils win their Cups in 2000 and 2003, scored the lone aim of the sport off a move from David Savard. These two guys had been the one ones within the Lightning lineup for Recreation 5 who didn’t win the Cup with the staff final yr. Savard was with the Blue Jackets; Colton is a rookie.
In an ironic twist, Colton is the seventh rookie to attain the Cup-clincher — and the primary since Mike Rupp did it for the Devils in 2003.
The Conn Smythe winner, Andrei Vasilevskiy, stopped all 22 pictures he confronted within the clincher. What a run by him, by the way in which — he ended the postseason with a shutout in each series-clinching win, an NHL file. Unreal. Vasilevskiy, the third Russian to win the award (becoming a member of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin) because the “Most worthy participant to his staff within the playoffs,” posted a 1.90 goals-against common, .937 save share and had 5 shutouts in 23 video games.
“He makes guys like us look good is what he does,” stated coach Jon Cooper, surrounded by his teaching workers. “What’s outstanding to me is I am unable to imagine how he shuts the door within the largest video games of his profession. What’s it, 5 now? He is the massive cat and when he locks in, he’s outstanding to look at.”
With the win, the Lightning moved to a formidable 13-0 in video games following a loss relationship again to final yr’s first spherical (each their Cups had been clinched in video games following a loss). They’re simply the second staff this century to win back-to-back Cups, following Pittsburgh’s two straight in 2016 and ’17. The 2021 Cup marked the third one for the franchise, who additionally gained in 2004 at house. It additionally marked the third straight for Pat Maroon.
Sporting Information has the entire motion as Lightning gained the Stanley Cup:
Canadiens vs. Lightning dwell rating, highlights from Recreation 5
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Third interval: Lightning 1, Canadiens 0
10:51 p.m. — Lightning are your 2021 Stanley Cup champions.
10:51 p.m. — With 10 seconds left, they clear.
10:50 p.m. — Thirty seconds and Goodrow one other block.
10:50 p.m. — Huge cease by Vasilevskiy on Toffoli.
10:49 p.m. — Faceoff with 1:29 left deep within the Lightning zone after a timeout.
10:48 p.m. — Value to the bench. McDonagh ices after a blocked shot.
10:47 p.m. — Faceoff with 1:40 left as Canadiens go offside so Value goes again in web.
10:47 p.m. — With 1:50 left, Value lastly goes to the bench.
10:46 p.m. — Three minutes to go.
10:43 p.m. — Simply 5:53 left.
10:40 p.m. — Goodrow is again on the ice, due to course.
10:38 p.m. — Vasilevskiy stops Gallagher, then Goodrow places his physique on the road and blocks a Weber shot. Goodrow, for his efforts, had bother getting off the ice and obtained a push from Gourde.
10:32 p.m. — Ten minutes to go. Is that this the final 10 minutes of the NHL’s 2021 season?
10:31 p.m. — Yanni Gourde with a shot on aim off a drop move. He knocks down Suzuki after and the Canadiens don’t prefer it.
10:30 p.m. — Carey Value is retaining his guys on this one.
10:21 p.m. — Anderson is again on the Montreal bench.
10:20 p.m. — Appears like followers are chanting: “We wish the Cup.”
10:17 p.m. — Anderson breaks in, will get wrapped up by Cernak, will get the prospect however slams laborious into the web. He went to the locker room.
10:15 p.m. — Two huge stops by Value to maintain it a one-goal sport — together with a pad cease on Ondrej Palat.
10:12 p.m. — Lightning on the ability play because the third interval begins.
Second interval: Lightning 1, Canadiens 0
9:53 p.m. — Interval ends. Lightning will begin the third with 1:23 left on the ability play.
9:51 p.m. — With 37.1 seconds left, Chiarot referred to as for holding Level.
9:51 p.m. — With beneath a minute within the interval, Weber to Lehkonen for the redirect within the slot however he’s denied.
9:40 p.m. — The sport opens up a bit and the Canadiens get a 3-on-1 however cannot join passes.
9:38 p.m. — GOAL. Savard with a superb move proper on the tape of Ross Colton who simply redirects the puck into the web. Tampa Bay leads 1-0.
9:34 p.m. — Caufield hits the pipe from a foul angle — sort of his specialty to attain from dangerous angles, by the way in which — earlier than Corey Perry will get an opportunity.
9:32 p.m. — Heading into this energy play, Canadiens being outshot 3-0 after they have the person benefit. Yikes.
9:31 p.m. — Nick Suzuki will get his ft kicked out by Sergachev and the Lightning defenseman will get referred to as for 2.
9:31 p.m. — Lightning proceed to get pucks to the web however the man crashing cannot bury it.
9:24 p.m. — Pat Maroon walks in however cannot beat Value.
9:21 p.m. — Huge-time kill for the Lightning because the Canadiens do not get a shot on aim.
9:18 p.m. — Savard sends one over the glass and the Canadiens get an influence play. They’re 1-for-8 within the sequence.
9:18 p.m. — Puck has been dropped as we’re sitting, ready, wishing for the primary aim.
First interval: Canadiens 0, Lightning 0
8:59 p.m. — Interval involves an finish.
8:51 p.m. — 5 minutes to go and the Canadiens are being outshot 11-3. The place have we heard this earlier than?
8:49 p.m. — Tyler Johnson sends one off the crossbar simply seconds after Eric Staal had an opportunity on the different finish.
8:43 p.m. — Nonetheless ready on that all-important first aim.
How necessary is the primary aim?
When the opposition scores:
Tampa is 0 and 5
Montreal in 1 and 6 #StanleyCup
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8:41 p.m. — Again to 5v5.
8:40 p.m. — Rutta out of the field and the Lightning have one other energy play.
8:38 p.m. — With 37 seconds left on the Canadiens energy play, puck squirts out and Coleman has an opportunity on a breakaway however Josh Anderson hooks him on the palms and is known as for 2.
8:36 p.m. — Coincidental minors to Erik Cernak (interference) and Corey Perry (embellishment). It is nonetheless 5-on-4.
8:36 p.m. — Blake Coleman with the 2 finest possibilities on the Canadiens energy play — and he is on the Lightning.
8:32 p.m. — Jan Rutta referred to as for cross-checking.
8:28 p.m. — Kucherov walks out of the nook however Value hugs the publish. Groups say hello afterward.
8:27 p.m. — Canadiens with dangerous protection within the defensive zone however get fortunate as Brayden Level is left on their lonesome and may’t deal with the puck.
8:26 p.m. — Lightning get the primary energy play (2-for-12 within the sequence) as Corey Perry journeys Mathieu Joseph. Bolts fourth line once more getting issues achieved.
8:21 p.m. — Recreation on.
8:09 p.m. — Killorn nonetheless out.
8 p.m. — Traces are the identical for the Canadiens. No Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
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