TAMPA, Fla — They’ve done it! The Tampa Bay Lightning are your 2020 Stanley Cup Champions.
The Bolts secured their second championship title in the team’s history after defeating the Dallas Stars 2-0. Ahead of Monday night, the last time the Lightning hoisted the Stanley Cup was in 2004.
It’s been a battle through the entire playoff series for the Bolts. Fans saw numerous goals, overtimes, penalties and face-offs. But we made it.
Now, Lightning will take that Cup back to Florida where it can soak up the sun and this win.
Braydon Point scored the first goal of the night, his playoff-best 14th goal. With Blake Coleman getting the second goal for the Bolts and a 22-save shutout by Andrei Vasilevskiy, all combined helped to fend off the Stars.
The Associated Press contributed to this story. Scroll down for in-game updates.
Tampa Bay Lightning 2020 Stanley Cup champions
The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in franchise history, defeating the Dallas Stars 2-0.
We're down to the last five minutes, and the crowd at The Sail Plaza in Tampa is ready to bring home the cup!
Down to the final 10 minutes.
We're down to the final 14 minutes, and it's still a 2-0 lead for the Lightning.
Let's go. The third period starts now.
It's a 2-0 game at the horn, with the Lightning just 20 minutes away from potentially winning the Stanley Cup. The third period is next!
Nothing for the Stars. The Lightning get another power play.
Can the Stars capitalize on another power play?
Lightning score! It's 2-0, thanks to Blake Coleman!
The Stars start the second period with less than a minute remaining in their power play.
And that's that in the first period! Lightning will start the second with a 1-0 lead, and the Stars will finish up their power play.
Do the Stars have what it takes? They get a power play of their own -- it's 1-0 Lightning.
What did Thunder Alley at Amalie Arena think of Brayden Point's goal? Enjoy:
1-0 Lightning! Braydon Point scores on the power play!
Let's check the scene at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg, where fans are ready to be the distant thunder!
The Tampa Bay Lightning get the first power play of the night!
Let's go. Game 6 is on right now!
Our sister station in Dallas, WFAA-TV, probably would love to swap out this image as its cover photo.
The numbers were crunched and all the projections are in -- here's the final result, maybe:
About two hours until the puck drops, fans are already outside Amalie Arena in Tampa to watch the game on the big screen and cheer on the lightning.
Head coach Jon Cooper shared some insight on preparing for Game 6 and keeping the team focused on the game.
Busch Gardens Tampa gave its two cheetah cups a little taste of victory by crafting a Stanley Cup-shaped ice sculpture for an enrichment treat. The hockey-inspired sculpture was made out of chicken and beef broth.
Ahead of Monday's game, the Lightning announced that captain Steven Stamkos will not return to the ice for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final.
Stamkos hadn't taken the ice in nearly seven months after undergoing muscle surgery. He suited up for Game 3, only playing a few shifts in the first period, but still managing to score a goal.
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