Tampa Bay Lightning win back-to-back Stanley Cups
The Tampa Bay Lightning won their second Stanley Cup in just over nine months, beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to win back-to-back titles in seasons that have been brought together by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Playing at home at the Amalie Arena, the Lightning toned down their electric style to match the lingering, biting play of the Canadiens to win Game 5 and win the Series 4-1. The only goal of the night came from winger Ross Colton just over six minutes into the second period, as he pushed a David Savard pass behind Montreal goalie Carey Price.
Wednesday’s victory makes it clear that no team has weathered the pandemic and its schedule disruptions better than Tampa Bay. Last fall, the Lighting survived the larger field of 24 teams in the NHL playoff bubbles in Canada to win their first Stanley Cup since 2004.
In 2021, they repeated to become the fastest team to win back-to-back titles, with a margin of almost three months.
The 2021 Stanley Cup Final featured two franchises playing unknown roles. Montreal, the most decorated franchise in NHL history, has been chosen to play Cinderella. Aiming to win their first Stanley Cup since 1993, the last time a team from Canada won the title, the Habs qualified for the championship series after barely reaching the playoffs as the last seed. in the weakest division.