Lightning strike twice, beat Canadiens for second straight Stanley Cup
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Miami (AFP) –
The Tampa Bay Lightning won their second straight Stanley Cup Wednesday, edging the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to win the NHL championship series four games to one.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy bounced back from a game-four defeat in Montreal with a 22-save shutout.
With his fifth clean sheet of the post-season Vasilevskiy scooped the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs Most Valuable Player.
Rookie Ross Colton scored the lone goal as the Lightning became the first repeat champions since the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.
Colton slotted home a pass from defenseman David Savard to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 13:27 of the second period.
The Lightning's title comes just nine months after they beat the Dallas Stars in six games in a quarantine bubble in Edmonton.
This time, they were able to celebrate in front of fans at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
The Lightning are the first NHL team to clinch a Stanley Cup title at home since the Chicago Blackhawks did it in 2015 against Tampa Bay.
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