The Tampa Bay Lightning won the second Stanley Cup in their history on Monday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton, defeating the Dallas Stars by a score of 2-0 in Game 6 of the final.
This is indeed a second triumph for the Lightning who also got their hands on the precious trophy in 2004.
Brayden Point opened the scoring for the Floridians midway through the first period, on a power play. After taking a shot at Anton Khudobin, Point grabbed his own comeback to score his 14th goal of the current series. The Alberta striker surpassed the team record set by Tyler Johnson in the 2015 playoffs when he scored 13 goals.
A year after winning the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues, Pat Maroon caused one of the game's most important games in the second period. Posted in the neutral zone, he intercepted a long pass from Alexander Radulov on the fly to relaunch the attack of his people. He spotted Cédric Paquette, who then served a perfect pass to Blake Coleman. The latter scored his fifth goal of the playoffs with a powerful reception.
The Lightning were dominant once again in the second period, in which the Stars went almost 11 minutes without landing a single shot at Andrei Vasilevskiy's net. After two periods, the latter had only faced eight shots.
The Stars were more threatening in the third period, but failed to take advantage of their opportunities, including a power-play late in the game, to come back.
Ultimately, the Lightning goaltender made a total of 22 saves to sign his first playoff shutout. At the other end of the ice, Khudobin gave in twice on 29 shots.
After the traditional handshakes between the two teams, Commissioner Gary Bettman handed the Conn Smythe Trophy to defender Victor Hedman. The new player of the playoffs has amassed 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 25 games.