Seth Udinski, FISM News
The NHL Stanley Cup Finals came to a close last night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning delighted their full-capacity crowd in Tampa with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens to claim their second Stanley Cup title in a row. The Lightning overcame the Canadiens 4-1 in the best-of-seven championship series.
Captain Steven Stamkos spoke very highly of his team after the emotional win. He said,
This group, no matter what happens from here on out, this group is going to be etched in history forever….I’m so proud of the guys. You can’t soak it in yet. It’s so fresh. It’s so new. You don’t even realize what’s going to happen. We won the Stanley Cup, and we still have the Stanley Cup. That’s just amazing.
This championship is undoubtedly sweeter for the Lightning than last year’s title. Tampa Bay won the 2020 championship in a delayed season and in front of zero fans in a neutral “bubble” arena due to COVID-19. But last night, the Amelie Arena was packed full of delirious Lightning fans who were treated to a second consecutive title.
It is a heady time to be a sports fan in the Tampa Bay region, as the city has now seen three professional sports championsips in the last calendar year. Between the two Stanley Cups wins, the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers treated their hometown fans at Raymond James Stadium to a dominating win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV back in February.
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