It is the greatest trophy to win in all of North America. It is also the hardest trophy to win in sports. When you manage to win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons, that is pretty special. This doesn’t happen that often and is an amazing accomplishment. The Tampa Bay Lightning have made headlines all season for the wrong reasons, but tonight is different. They are the 2021 Stanley Cup Champions. They defeat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in game five to clinch the cup at home.
THIS IS AMAZING 🚨
Watch the Lightning win their second straight title
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 8, 2021
Hell of an Effort From Montreal
No one has given the Montreal Canadiens a chance at any point in these playoffs. Ranked last out of every team to start these playoffs, they have played the underdog role all playoffs long. In this series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they gave it everything they had. Carey Price gave his team a chance to win tonight, but it wasn’t enough.
To play a team that was built the way Tampa is, you need to have heart if you want a chance. That is exactly how these Canadiens played all series long=, but they ran into a freight train along the way. This team is going to be good for a long time, but inexperience played a huge factor in the results. Hats off to the Canadiens for battling to the end.
Long Goal Seals The Series
In the last series against the Islanders, the Tamp Bay Lightning managed to win some close games. One game, in particular, was game seven at home. That game saw them take it with just a 1-0 final to make the Stanley Cup Finals. It seems like there is deja vu in the air right now. The Lightning manage to win tonight by that exact score to secure a second straight title.
A stellar performance by Andrei Vasilevskiy gave the Tampa Bay Lightning all the momentum. That is when rookie forward Ross Colton managed to break the ice in the second period. He taps home an easy redirect to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead and they never looked back.
THE ROOKIE ROSS COLTON pic.twitter.com/Jcvk0h9Ct0
— Grace Remington (@GraceRemiWTSP) July 8, 2021
Conn Smythe Winner
The Conn Smythe Trophy is presented to the MVP of the entire playoffs in the NHL. This means anyone on either team is eligible to win it. Even the losing team can have the winner, but that is a rare instance. Tonight, the winner of the Conn Smythe came from the winning team once again. The Tampa Bay Lightning have many superstars on their team that can take this award home. In the end, it was the Big Cat that took home the cheddar.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has certainly silenced any haters over the last few seasons. He is now a back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion and a recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy. He joins his teammate, Victor Hedman, on this team over the last few seasons to win the award. Vasilevskiy was a brick wall all postseason long. He is the first goaltender to win the award since 2012 when Jonathan Quick won it with the Los Angeles Kings. Out of the 12 shutouts in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, Vasilevskiy had five of them for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
— NHL (@NHL) July 8, 2021
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