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Lightning Strike! Tampa Bay wins Stanley Cup

Bubble champs celebrate one year after early knockout
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, right, backhandsa shot past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. Two of the southernmost teams in the NHL are meeting in the Stanley Cup Final in the great white north. The Stars and the Lightning are facing off in the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta, starting with Game 1 Saturday. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, right, backhandsa shot past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. Two of the southernmost teams in the NHL are meeting in the Stanley Cup Final in the great white north. The Stars and the Lightning are facing off in the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta, starting with Game 1 Saturday. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)(Ray Carlin | AP)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 11:18 PM EDT
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EDMONTON, Alberta (WCJB) -The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history with Monday’s 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars in game six of the finals. Tampa Bay won the series, four games to two and raised the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2004. The championship comes one year after the Lightning had the NHL’s best record but were stunningly swept in round one of the playoffs.

The Lightning finished 16-6 in the postseason with six wins coming in overtime to overcome one of the most unique postseason circumstances in NHL history. The entire postseason was played in two hub cities, Toronto and Edmonton, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The league returned to action on Aug. 1 after a four and a half month hiatus.

Victor Hedman was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP thanks to his 10 goals, one shy of a playoff record by a defenseman.

Brayden Point and Blake Coleman scored goals in game six for the Lightning while Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots he faced to pick up his first shutout of the playoffs. Point’s five goals in the finals equal a record.

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