The Tampa Florida Bay Lightning are the 2020 Stanley Mug champs, beating the Dallas Stars 2-0 Monday to record the NHL’s leading prize before vacant seats, stretching tarpaulins, and also no followers at Rogers Location.
Brayden Factor and also Blake Coleman racked up the objectives and also Andrei Vasilevskiy quit 22 shots for his very first occupation playoff nothing.
The Lightning gamers blew up off the bench as the secs ticked to no, abounding Vasilevskiy, their whoops and also hollers resembling around the sector.
The Lightning won the best-of-seven collection 4-2 for the 2nd champion in the 28- year-history of the franchise business. The very first mug was available in 2004.
Vasilevskiy played all 25 post-season video games for Tampa bay, consisting of 9 overtime events. Among those, versus the Columbus Blue Jackets in the preliminary, was a five-overtime marathon. His document was 18 -7.
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Tampa bay Bay outshot Dallas 29-22, and also outshot them in every video game of the collection.
Factor racked up on the power play midway via the very first duration, cruising via the port unblemished and also placing his very own rebound past Dallas goalkeeper Anton Khudobin.
Coleman made it 2-0 by taking advantage of a turn over midway via the 2nd structure, one-timing a cross-ice pass from Cedric Paquette.
Nikita Kucherov aided on Factor’s objective and also was the NHL’s leading marker in the playoffs with 7 objectives and also 34 factors. Factor was 2nd at 14 objectives and also 33 factors.
Khudobin ends up the playoffs with a 14-10 document.
The Lightning completed 4th in the normal period (43-21 -6) when play was put on hold around the 70- video game mark on March 12 as a result of the COVID pandemic.
The Lightning went 18 -7, never ever shed 2 video games straight, and also closed down the leading 3 protective groups in the organization (Boston, Dallas, and also Columbus).
The Screws were overtime warriors, going 7-2 in extra-session video games. They played 221: 14 overall in overtime, greater than any type of group in playoff background.
It’s the very first Stanley Mug for every single Lightning gamer other than Rub Maroon. The big, bearded expert winger won everything last period with the St. Louis Blues.
It’s likewise the very first Mug for head trainer Jon Cooper, in his 7th complete period behind the bench for Tampa bay.
He beat Dallas acting head trainer Rick Bowness. Bowness had actually been worked with by Cooper as an advisor in 2013 and also offered the following 5 years with the Lightning as his aide.
The Screws had actually been knocking on the Mug door in the last few years, making the last 4 in 4 of the last 6 periods. In 2015 they shed to Chicago 4-2 in the last.
9 participants of the present Tampa bay lineup got on that 2015 group: Kucherov, captain Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, Vasilevskiy, Braydon Coburn, Paquette, and also Tyler Johnson.
Destiny franchise business is currently 1-4 in the Stanley Mug last, going back to its Minnesota North Celebrity origins. The only champion was available in 1999.