Lightning leads Canadians in Game 5 for Stanley Cup repeat
Posted On July 8, 2021
The Tampa Bay Lightning are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
They are the second team in the salary cap era to repeat, joining the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had another strong rebounding performance following a loss with a 22-save shutout to give City their third championship in less than a year. The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in February.
Vasilevskiy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP with his fifth shutout. Including the 2020 Stanley Cup title, he’s recorded shutouts in five straight games in the series.
The Lightning won their 2020 championship in a bubble environment in Edmonton last fall, but this time they were able to celebrate in front of their fans at Amalie Arena. The Lightning are the first NHL team to win a Stanley Cup title at home since the Chicago Blackhawks did so in 2015 against Tampa Bay.
A look at game 5:
Forward Ross Colton and defenseman David Savard were not part of the 2020 Lightning Championship.
But they hung on for the lone goal at 1:27 p.m. of the second period.
Savard received a pass from defenseman Ryan McDonagh, skated to the right face-off circle and passed a forward pass, which Colton knocked down in front of Montreal goaltender Carey Price.
It was Colton’s fourth goal in the playoffs. He moved to the second row after an injury to Alex Killorn.
Colton was in the American Hockey League last season when the Lightning made their run. Savard was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets on the deadline thanks to clever salary cap maneuvers from Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois.
Thanks to Vasilevskiy’s play, the Lightning haven’t lost back-to-back playoff games. He was 7-0 last season and 7-0 this season following a loss.
The Lightning played a solid defense in front of him in Game 5, but he withstood pressure from Montreal before Colton’s goal.
He also stopped Josh Anderson of Montreal and made a save against Brendan Gallagher in the third period.
Maroon makes three
Lightning forward Pat Maroon won his third straight Stanley Cup title, including 2019 with the St. Louis Blues.
He is the first person to win three consecutive cups with different teams since Ed Litzenberger did so with Chicago in 1961 and Toronto from 1962 to 1964.
“I’m so excited right now,” Maroon told NBCSN. “I want to cut my hair, shave my beard.”