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Blake Coleman and Brayden Point scored Monday night as the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final to win the Cup for the second time in their 28-season history.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots he faced. Ryan McDonagh, with four, was among 12 Tampa Bay players who blocked shots in the game.
Point opened the scoring by putting back his own rebound on the power play with just over seven minutes remaining in the first period.
Coleman scored on a one-timer from the right circle early in the second period to extend the Lightning’s lead to 2-0.
Defenseman Victor Hedman, whose 10 goals this postseason were third-most by a defenseman in NHL history, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Here’s how it happened:
In a break from tradition and at their request, the Lightning gather around the Stanley Cup before the presentation
Captain Steven Stamkos is the first to receive it from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
Stamkos hands it off to Hedman
Then it goes to:
Andrei Vasilevskiy ...
Eventually, it makes it to head coach Jon Cooper
And general manager Julien BriseBoise
Victor Hedman wins the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Victor Hedman shot from the point turned away
Nikita Kucherov just misses connecting with Victor Hedman on a backdoor pass
Tyler Seguin bleeding as he goes to the bench after being hit in the face with his own stick after a wraparound opporunity
Denis Gurianov down on the ice after blocking a Victor Hedman blast from the left circle with his skate
Zach Bogosian springs Patrick Maroon, whose shot from the left circle is saved by Khudobin
Andrei Vasilevskiy with a pad save on John Klingberg shot from the point
Ryan McDonagh blocks Andrew Cogliano chance from in close
Alex Killorn with a big pass breakup in the slot while down on the ice
Mikhail Sergachev blocks Miro Heiskanen pass at the side of the net
John Klingberg shot from the right circle saved by Vasilevskiy
Vasilevskiy with a sprawling save at the front of the net on Joel Kiviranta
Stars get a power play as McDonagh penalized for tripping Kiviranta
Vasilevskiy with a save on a quick shot from the lower left circle
Anthony Cirelli picks off a pass from Alexander Radulov to Tyler Seguin and skates to the left circle, where his shot is stopped by Khudobin
Pass is deflected out of the Lightning zone
Stars want to get Khudobin out of the net for an extra skater but can’t the puck deep enough into the Lightning zone
Blake Coleman with a shorthanded chance, and the Lightning kill the penalty
Stars pull Khudobin
Klingberg shot from the center point stopped by Vasilevskiy
Kucherov blocks a shot
Jamie Benn shot blocked by McDonagh
Cirelli blocks another Benn shot
Barclay Goodrow blocks a shot and clears the zone
With the seconds ticking down, and flings his stick high in the air
The Lightning have won the Stanley Cup!
The Stars will start the period with 36 seconds remaining on the power play
Victor Hedman feed for Barclay Goodrow in the slot on a 2 on 1 bounces over his stick
Vasilevsky covers Radulov shot from in front
Ondrej Palat shot through a screen from above the left circle stopped by Khudobin
Yanni Goude shot from above the left circle goes off Blake Coleman’s helmet and up over the net
Lightning goal! Blake Coleman doubles Tampa Bay’s lead with a one-timer from the right circle on a 3 on 2. Pat Maroon picks off a pass in the neutral zone and passes to Cedric Paquette, who sets up Coleman with a cross-ice pass. Lightning 2, Stars 0
Ryan McDonagh penalized for interfering with Tyler Seguin
Corey Perry penalized for goaltender interference after backing into Andrei Vasilevskiy, ending the Stars power play. Vasilevskiy somehow manages to stop Joel Kiviranta’s follow-up shot while laying on his back (It wouldn’t have counted had it gone in the net.)
We’ll play 4 on 4 for 40 seconds before the Lightning go on the power play
Stars kill the penalty
Khudobin absorbs Blake Coleman shot from the left faceoff dot
Yanni Gourde and Jamie Benn get into it in front of the Lightning net
Ryan McDonagh shot from the left point is tipped by Tyler Johnson and goes off the post
Nikita Kucherov shot from the slot stopped by Khudobin with Anthony Cirelli setting a screen in front
Things get interesting at the end of the period
Lightning outshoot the Stars 11-4 in the period, have a 22-8 advantage for the game
Back-checking Jamie Benn breaks up Blake Coleman pass for Yanni Gourde off the rush
Gourde nearly picks off a pass in the Dallas zone
Alexander Radulov breaks up potential scoring chance for Brayden Point
Alex Volkov on the ice now for his first-ever postseason shift
Alexander Radulov tip of Jamie Benn shot from the left circle wide of the net
Bogosian blows up Alexander Radulov
Lightning go on the power play, as Andrew Cogliano penalized for tripping Brayden Point with 13:28 to play in the period
Miro Heiskanen misses high on a shorthanded opportunity from the slot. The trouble started with a bad Mikhail Sergachev pass in the neutral zone.
Stars kill the penalty
Sergachev shaken up after being hit by Corey Perry into the boards
Tyler Johnson with a chance from the side of the net
Lightning go back on the power play as John Klingberg is called for tripping Volkov
Lightning goal! Brayden Point puts in his own rebound with 7:37 left in the first period to open the scoring. Point took a Nikita Kucherov backhand pass from the left side boards and skated to the inside of the left circle. His initial shot hit Anton Khudobin in the chest, and Point pounced on the rebound in the low slot. Lightning 1, Stars 0
Stars get their first power play as Victor Hedman penalized for interference with 1:24 left in the period
Heiskanen shot from left circle misses wide
Tyler Seguin drive saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy
Lightning clear the puck
Lightning outshoot Stars 11-4 in the period
Stars hoping to force a Game 7.
Coop walking with a purpose:
Lightning fans gathering outside Amalie Arena:
Corey Perry doing ... whatever he does before games.
Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Jan Rutta are warming up for the Lightning, in addition to forwards Alexander Volkov and Mitchell Stephens.
Defenseman Luke Schenn and forward Carter Verhaeghe are not out there.
Could Verhaeghe and Jan Rutta be out of the lineup tonight?
Anton Khudobin leads the Stars onto the ice for warmups.
Volkov and Bogosian are in the Lightning lineup. Rutta and Verhaeghe are out.
Volkov, the 48th overall pick in the 2017 draft, will be making his postseason debut. He has played in nine career NHL games, most recently Feb. 13 against Edmonton.
Bogosian hasn’t played since Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.
Stars starting lineup:
Setting the scene
We’re doing this again? Yes, we’re doing this again.
Two nights after we’d hoped the Lightning might clinch their first Stanley Cup in 16 seasons, after they’d come less than seven minutes from eliminating the Dallas Stars, we’re preparing for Game 6.
But don’t expect the Lightning to start doubting themselves now. They pushed past a similarly disappointing loss in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final against the Islanders and have dropped just six of 21 games this postseason — and never two in a row.
So follow along, starting at 8 p.m., as the Lightning hope to secure their second Stanley Cup championship in the franchise’s 28 seasons.