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Colton redirected a David Savard pass into the slot with 6:33 remaining in the second period as Tampa Bay became the first team since Chicago in 2015 to win an NHL title on home ice.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots he faced, closing out his fifth straight playoff series with a shutout.
The Lightning became the eighth franchise to repeat as champions since NHL teams became the sole competitors for the Cup in 1927 and the first since the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pat Maroon won his third straight Cup, including last season with the Lightning and 2018-19 with the Blues.
Here’s how it happened:
Just like last season, the Lightning pose around the Cup as a team before it is presented to captain Steven Stamkos
Vasilevskiy wins the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s the first goaltender to win the award since the Kings’ Jonathan Quick in 2012.
Lightning will start with 1:22 remaining on the power play
Lightning struggling to get set up in the Canadiens zone as two failed entries killed much of the first minute
Kucherov pass for Cirelli at the back post broken up by Weber
Edmundson clears the puck out of the zone
Canadiens kill the penalty
Goodrow shot blocked out of play
Kucherov misses high over the net from in front
Palat with a great chance, but Price makes a skate save
Maroon shot from the high slot knocked down by Price
Joseph shot covered by Price
Vasilevskiy makes save on point-blank chance from Anderson with Cernak providing pressure
Anderson, who crashed into the post, leaves for the locker room
Coleman shot blocked by Edmundson
Anderson has returned to the Canadiens’ bench
Lehkonen unable to connect with Evans
Cirelli makes a diving block on Romanov shot from the right point
Gourde shot from the right circle blocked by Romanov
Suzuki misses high of the net
McDonagh shoots wide from the center point
Gourde shot saved by Price
Anderson shot from the left circle gloved by Vasilevskiy
Price saves Kucherov backhand shot from the right side
Lehknonen shoots wide from the right circle
Goodrow struggling to get off the ice after blocking a shot
Canadiens pull Price in favor of an extra attacker with less than two minutes left
Lightning ice the puck with 1:24 to play
Canadiens use their timeout
Lightning clear the puck
Goodrow blocks Petry shot from the high slot
(Lightning win 1-0, clinch Stanley Cup)
David Savard penalized for delay of game
Goodrow sends the puck down the ice
Goodrow again clears the puck
Lightning clear the puck
Cirelli clears the puck out of the zone
Coleman picks off a pass and sktes out of the zone
Lightning kill the penalty. Canadiens 0-for-2
Vasilevskiy with a couple of big saves back to back
Kucherov shot from the right point misses the net
Maroon goes to the net but sliding Romanov takes away any pass opportunity and Maroon’s shot goes harmlessly into Price’s right leg pad
Vasilevskiy makes a blocker save on Jake Evans chance
Loose puck in front is just out of Cirelli’s reach after backhand pass from Ross Colton through the slot
Palat shot from right circle deflects out of play
Rutta hit by Danault behind the Lightning net
Vasilevskiy stops Chiarot drive from the left point
Point shot from right circle saved by Price
Palat just misses a driving Point with a pass to the back post
Canadiens no shots on first two power plays. Lightning had three shorthanded
Price gloves Cernak shot from the center point
Hedman flips the puck out of the Lightning zone
Toffoli shoots wide from the right circle
Caufield shoots off the crossbar from a bad angle with Vasilevskiy down on the ice
Lightning kill the penalty. Canadiens 0-for-3
Lightning clear the zone after a long Montreal stretch in the Tampa Bay following a Sergachev turnover in the offensive zone
LIGHTNING GOAL! Ross Colton tips the puck into an empty net after a pass from Savard from the right circle with 6:33 left in the period. McDonagh passed to Savard from the center point. Lightning 1, Canadiens 0.
Anderson just misses connecting with Caufield at the back post on a 3-on-1
Vasilevskiy makes save on Lehkonen tip from the slot after pass from Weber
Point draws a holding penalty against Chiarot
Hedman slap shot stopped by Price
Weber clears the puck out of the Montreal zone
Suzuki sends the puck down the ice
(Lightning lead 1-0 after two periods)
Blake Coleman backhand shot gloved by Carey Price
Nick Suzuki centering pass sticked aside by Andrei Vasilevskiy
Corey Perry penalized for hooking Mathieu Joseph after Tyler Johnson played the puck ahead to him
Brayden Point looses the handle in front of the net
Nikita Kucherov shot from high in the right circle gloved by Price
Phillip Danault wins the faceoff and the Canadiens send the puck down the ice
Ben Chiarot hits Steven Stamkos
Shea Weber breaks up pass for Kucherov
Price covers Kucherov shot from just above the goal line
Pat Maroon redirects Ondrej Palat shot from the right circle but Price makes the stop
Maroon shot from the right boards steered wide by Price’s stick
Lightning with a 7-2 advantage in shots
Great job by Joseph and Johnson on the forecheck, pressuring Brett Kulak behind the Montreal net
Jan Rutta penalized for cross-checking Artturi Lehkonen
Barclay Goodrow skates the puck out of the zone
Blake Coleman tip-in attempt saved by Price
Ryan McDonagh keeps the puck in the Canadiens end
Anthony Cirelli clears the puck out of the zone
Erik Cernak penalized for interference, Corey Perry for embellishment
Josh Anderson penalized for hooking Coleman, who would have had a breakaway
We’ll have a brief 4-on-4 before the Lightning go on the power play
Victor Hedman shot from above the left circle stopped by Price
Canadiens kill the penalty. Lightning 0-for-2
Goodrow backhand shot from above the goal line saved by Price
Ben Chiarot shot from the left point turned aside
Vasilevskiy saves redirection off Point’s skate after Weber shot from right point
Wide-open Johnson hits the crossbar from the left circle after a nice cross-ice feed from Joseph
Cernak bad-angle shot turned away by Price
Maroon tries to put the puck in front of the net, but Perry skates it out of harm’s way
Lightning outshooting Canadiens 12-4
Palat shot off the rush from the top of the right circle saved by Price after being tipped by a Montreal defenseman
Joseph spin-around shot from the right circle wide of the net
Lightning outshoot Canadiens 13-4 in the period
(No score after one period)
Pregame scouting report
Has it ever been done before? Three major sports championships in a 10-month span?
But Tampa Bay has a chance to do it tonight.
Beat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 at Amalie Arena, and the Lightning will repeat as Stanley Cup champions, following their championship-series victory over the Dallas Stars in September. Add the Bucs’ Super Bowl 55 title in February, and the region could end the night celebrating its third major sports championship in less than a year. (No, Rowdies, we haven’t forgotten about you.)
Though it held a sizable advantage in almost every statistical category in the 3-2 loss, Tampa Bay went 0-for-5 on the power play, including a four-minute double-minor late in regulation that carried into overtime, and hit three posts. Nikita Kucherov had a chance to win in the final minutes of regulation after receiving a Ryan McDonagh pass at the edge of the crease, but his shot off the toe of his stick clanged off the near post.
In addition to the chance to clinch at home tonight, there is the slim possibility second-line forward Alex Killorn, who missed the past three games after being injured blocking a shot in Game 1, could be back on the ice. But it is unlikely, as head coach Jon Cooper described Killorn, who skated with the team before Game 4, “doubtful” following this morning’s skate.
If Tampa Bay wins, we’ll also find out whether Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy or Brayden Point, the most likely candidates, follows in the footsteps of Lightning luminaries Brad Richards (2004) and Victor Hedman (2020) by taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Follow along, starting at 8 p.m., as the Lightning hope to hoist the Stanley Cup for a second consecutive season and add to the most memorable (less than a) year in Tampa Bay sports history.
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