The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup and thus defended its NHL title. The Florida Ice Hockey Team beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Wednesday night (local time) bringing the necessary fourth win in the Final Series. The Canadians won only the fourth game. The only goal in Tampa was scored by Ross Colton in the second half.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s a cliché, but there are no words,” Lightning captain Stephen Stamkos told NBC television before handing the trophy. “It is a nice.” NHL president Gary Bettmann presented the trophy to Lightning goalkeeper Andrej Wassilewski.
Since the National Hockey League’s salary cap was introduced in 2005, only the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017. For Lightning, it’s the third title in their history.
However, the Canadians were unable to end the 28-year drought for Canadian teams, despite their upbringing in Game Four. Since the NHL’s record-breaking champions won their last 24 final wins in 1993, no team from the ice hockey motherland has lifted the Stanley Cup. When it won the finals for the first time for one of the sport’s most historic titles, in 1916, the league didn’t even exist.
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