For the second time in 10 months, the Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup champions.
The Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to close out the Stanley Cup Finals in five games. The title is the Lightning’s third since their founding in 1992 and their second straight, joining the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins as the only champions to go back-to-back this century.
Even though the Lightning repeated, it was a player who wasn’t with them at all last season who provided the series-winning goal. Rookie Ross Colton, playing in his 53rd career game after two years in the AHL, deflected a pass from David Savard to find the back of the net.