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Tampa Bay beats Dallas 2-0 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in its 28-season history.
Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lighting defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Edmonton.
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lighting defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Edmonton. [ Marko Ditkun Special to the Times ]
Published Sep. 28, 2020
Updated Sep. 29, 2020

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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:

Braydon Coburn

Ryan McDonagh

Alex Killorn

Luke Schenn

Zach Bogosian

Pat Maroon

Nikita Kucherov

Andrei Vasilevskiy ...

Eventually, it makes it to head coach Jon Cooper

And general manager Julien BriseBoise

Victor Hedman wins the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Third period

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

Sneak peak

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!

Second period

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

First period

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:

Lightning 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.

Joe Pavelski’s goal with 6:45 left in regulation Saturday night tied Game 5, and Corey Perry gave Dallas a 3-2 victory by scoring off a net-mouth scramble 9:23 into a second overtime.

It wasn’t the outcome Tampa Bay was hoping for, and it may have brought back memories of previous postseason collapses.

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.

Captain Steven Stamkos will be a spectator for the remainder of the series, but in Jon Cooper the Lightning have a leader behind the bench who has won championships at every other level of hockey.

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.