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Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Montreal, win back-to-back Stanley Cup’s

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JULY 07: Mikhail Sergachev #98 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Five to win the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on July 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning win back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships. After defeating the Montreal Canadiens in five games, the Tampa Bay Lightning have become only the second team in the salary cap era to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. They join the Pittsburgh Penguins, who achieved this in 2016 and 2017.

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Andrei Vasilevsky wins the Conn Smythe Trophy

After posting a .937 SV% and 1.91 GAA during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevsky was the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

There were a plethora of deserved candidates that easily could have taken home this trophy. Brayden Point scored in nine consecutive playoff games, only one game from tying Rechie Leach's record. Nikita Kuckerov put up an insane 32 points over the playoffs.

Nikita Kuckerov's interesting post-game press conference

Following his team winning back-to-back Stanley Cups, Lightning superstar Nikita Kurcherov had some interesting things to say.

"I didn't want to go back to Montreal. The fans in Montreal, come on. They acted like they won the Stanley Cup last game. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? There final was last series."Nikita Kucherov talking about Montreal Canadiens' fans

As Kucherov articulated, Montreal Canadiens fans were very excited following their team staving off a sweep in Game 5. Canadiens fans fled into the streets of Montreal to celebrate following Josh Anderson's overtime winner.

After taking a shot at the Canadiens and their fans, Kucherov didn't stop there. The Lightning center proceeded on to say Golden Knight's goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was undeserving of winning the Vezina Trophy.

"(Vasilevsky) was outstading .. MVP. I was telling him every day, 'Vasy, you're MVP. You're the best player.' And then they gave it to whatever the guy in Vegas, the Vezina. And then last year, the gave Vezina to somebody else. Number one bulls--t. ... Vasy took both cups. He took MVP and I kept telling him he's MVP. He's the guy .. he's the best. Nikita Kucherov talking about his goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky

Last hoorah for Tampa Bay?

Following his team winning the Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper was blunt when discussing his team's situation.

"The team knows we're probably not going to be together next year."Jon Cooper on the Tampa Bay Lightning's cap situation

Nikita Kucherov missed the entirety of the 2021-2021 regular season with a hip injury. Due to this, the Lightning placed their star on the Long Term Injury Reserve. Because of this, Kucherov didn't count towards the teams' salary cap. Just before the start of the 2021 playoffs, Kucherov made a return. Keep in mind; there is no salary cap in the playoffs.

Due to this fancy maneuvering, the Lightning could keep all their stars without being over the salary cap. In reality, though, the club was $18M over the cap -- much to the dismay of fans.

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7 responses to “Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Montreal, win back-to-back Stanley Cup’s”

  1. […] The Montreal Canadiens were the talk of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After upsetting opponent after opponent, Montreal had a chance to win a Canadian team’s first Stanley Cup since 1993. Instead, they had to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning raise the cup in front of a sold-out Amalie Arena. […]

  2. […] The Montreal Canadiens have been the speak of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After upsetting opponent after opponent, Montreal had an opportunity to win a Canadian crew’s first Stanley Cup since 1993. As a substitute, they needed to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning increase the cup in entrance of a sold-out Amalie Envio…. […]

  3. […] The Canada-US border restrictions will play a role in the league’s decision. With this in mind, the league is optimistic the borders will be open and will allow teams to travel. Due to the decisions, The all-Canadian division may be an option, depending on the guidelines and cases. As teams in Canada are starting to allow fans back at games, the government will most likely allow the teams to travel. The Canadian government recently allowed the Montreal Canadiens to travel to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals… […]

  4. […] The Canada-US border restrictions will play a role in the league’s decision. With this in mind, the league is optimistic the borders will be open and will allow teams to travel. Due to the decisions, The all-Canadian division may be an option, depending on the guidelines and cases. As teams in Canada are starting to allow fans back at games, the government will most likely allow the teams to travel. The Canadian government recently allowed the Montreal Canadiens to travel to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals… […]

  5. […] Les restrictions à la frontière canado-américaine joueront un rôle dans la décision de la ligue. Dans cet esprit, la ligue est optimiste que les frontières seront ouvertes et permettront aux équipes de voyager. En raison des décisions, la division entièrement canadienne peut être une option, selon les lignes directrices et les cas. Alors que les équipes canadiennes commencent à autoriser les fans à revenir aux matchs, le gouvernement autorisera très probablement les équipes à voyager. Le gouvernement canadien a récemment autorisé le Les Canadiens de Montréal se rendront en Floride pour affronter le Lightning de Tampa Bay en finale… […]

  6. […] Despite losing in the Cup Finals, this season was unquestionably a success for the franchise. A major factor in the Canadiens’ success was the play of their netminder. Price was spectacular in the 2021 Playoffs. He posted a .924 SV% and a 2.43 GAA. […]

  7. […] Regardless of shedding within the Cup Finals, this season was unquestionably successful for the franchise. A significant component within the Canadiens’ success was the play of their netminder. Value was spectacular within the 2021 Playoffs. He posted a .924 SV% and a 2.43 GAA. […]

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