(Edmonton) Brayden Point and Blake Coleman scored and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Stars 2-0 on Monday for a six-game triumph over Dallas in the Stanley Cup final.
The Lightning was therefore able to celebrate a second Stanley Cup, after that of 2004.
During the playoffs, there were no fans allowed in the bubbles, either in Edmonton or Toronto. The players were in isolation between games during this pandemic time.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman went to the center of the ice to hand over the cup-the difference was that this time his arrival wasn't marked by boos.
"It's absolutely remarkable to be triumphant in such an environment," said Bettman, before handing the precious trophy to captain Steven Stamkos, who lifted it at arm's length.
Stamkos was not fit to play on Monday - throughout the playoffs he had only 2:47 of ice time, due to injury. He still had his equipment and his jersey, he who won the cup for the first time in his career.
"I can't find the words," said Stamkos, interviewed on the ice. I am so proud of this team and all that we have accomplished.
“It's one of the best feelings, and being able to celebrate with this group of guys is a dream come true. "
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves, getting his first shutout of the playoffs. He increased his record after a loss to 7-0.
He played in each of his 25 playoff games. Tampa Bay was 18-7, never losing twice in a row.
The Conn Smythe Trophy went to Swedish defender Victor Hedman, who finished the playoffs with 10 goals and 22 points.
"This is our best moment as hockey players," Hedman said, just before slashing the champagne in the locker room.
“It was trying. It wasn't easy, but it's over.
“We will always remain Stanley Cup champions.
“Our children and our grandchildren, if they look at the cup, they will see our names. You can't even imagine the pride. "
All Lightning players enjoy their first Cup except Pat Maroon, who was a member of the St. Louis Blues in 2018-19.
Anton Khudobin, who blocked 27 pucks, left the net with 1:40 to go, in favor of one more forward.
The Stars buzzed for about a minute, but generated few real chances other than a shot from the top of Jamie Benn's enclave, blocked by the defense.
After Point's goal in the first period, Coleman doubled the cushion at 7:01 in the middle period.
A pass from Alexander Radulov was intercepted on the fly by Maroon, in the middle of the ice.
He passed on to Cédric Paquette who spotted Coleman in the left circle, for a successful reception shot.
Early in the second twenty, a shot from Yanni Gourde hit Coleman on the helmet.
Point scored at 12:23 in the first period, securing a fifth goal in the final.
Point converted his own rebound to a power play, following a wrist shot from the right circle. He had the opportunity thanks to a backhand pass from Nikita Kucherov.
John Klingberg was being punished for tripping.
It was the Lightning's second power play; in the first, the club did not get a single shot.
Tampa Bay nevertheless had the 11-4 advantage on shots during the period. After 40 minutes, the Lightning dominated 21-8 in this area.
The first chance to score in the match went to the Stars, with Radulov coming close to deflecting a Benn shot.
Miko Heiskanen had the field clear for a dangerous shot, but he sent the disc too high.
Late in the first period Jason Dickinson kept the puck and shot for a two-on-one, but Vasilevskiy made the save.
Tampa Bay ran out by a man 1:24 before the first intermission as Hedman caused the obstruction.
In the middle of the third period, Klingberg and Mattias Janmark scrambled behind their goal and Tyler Johnson allowed Hedman to land a slap shot, but the puck deflected into the stands.
The Stars struggled to really threaten. Andrew Cogliano is one of the few players who had a close chance, but he ran into Vasilevskiy too.
There was then a long, perilous rebound on a Klingberg shot, but Tyler Seguin was unable to get there with a good shot.
At 3:27 pm, the Lightning's Ryan McDonagh was sent to jail for tripping Joel Kiviranta, causing a streak where the Stars had two good close shots in seconds.
The Stars were not very convincing in this superiority, where Anthony Cirelli was able to lead a two on one.
Dallas won the Cup only once, in 1999. The club were defeated in the final for the second time after 2000, when the New Jersey Devils won.