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    “it’s so hard to win the stanley cup,” said lightning captain steven stamkos. “And then you do it two years in a row. You deserve to go down in history. And this group, no matter what happens from now on, this group will go down in history from now on. And that’s pretty special.”

    andrei vasilevskiy made 22 saves for tampa bay, which won the cup for the third time in its history (2004). Ross Colton scored the only goal.

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    “It makes guys like us look good…” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Vasilevskiy. “What’s remarkable to me is that I can’t believe how he closes the door on the biggest games of his career… he’s the big cat, and when he locks himself in, it’s extraordinary to watch.”

    It was Vasilevskiy’s fifth shutout in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs and his fourth to win a series. he was chosen as the winner of the conn smythe trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason.

    “I can’t believe it. Obviously the whole team deserves it,” Vasilevskiy said. “Just to have five shutouts in the playoffs, it’s all about the team for sure. We were able to shut down teams four times in a row in decisive games, just unbelievable. I can’t say more. It’s not about me, it’s about our team. “

    video: vasilevskiy wins the conn smythe award

    tampa bay forward nikita kucherov said: “i keep telling him he’s the most valuable player, he’s the guy, he’s the best. he was headed today. he kept us in the game. another shutout from him. extraordinary.” .

    Colton took advantage of a pass from defenseman David Savard to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 13:27 of the second period. neither colton nor savard won the cup last season; Colton is a rookie, and Savard was acquired in a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 10.

    See also: 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bracket, schedule, scores | RSN

    video: [email protected], gm5: savard scores colton’s opening goal

    Tampa Bay is the ninth team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, the first since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017.

    carey price made 29 saves for montreal, which was playing in the cup final for the first time since 1993.

    “At the end of the day, I don’t think I played well enough at the beginning of the series,” Price said.

    canadians captain shea weber said, “i don’t think that’s the case at all. to be honest i don’t think we were good enough against carey. give them credit. they’re great.” equipment. They’re here for a reason and in the end they were better than us.”

    video: [email protected], gm5: price blocks kucherov’s shot

    Montreal, who finished fourth in the Scottish North Division and had the fewest points of any playoff team (59), faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the best-of-7 Stanley Cup to start an unlikely streak.

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    “I’m proud of this group,” said Canadians coach Dominique Ducharme, who missed six games, including the first two of the cup final, after testing positive for COVID-19 on June 18 . “I told the guys after the game, there’s a period where we had to go through a lot of things. You talk about practice. You talk about injuries, scheduling, covid. even during the playoffs, being down, being up, a lot of things and we went on moving forward and we continue to improve. so we grew a lot as a team. we have to use it in the right way and we want to come back here with a different result.”

    Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said: “All the guys gave everything they had every night. You look at our group and obviously there are a lot more talented teams and there are a lot of teams that do a lot of things but they don’t no team is stronger as a group and the resilience we show is just a good team to be a part of.”

    video: [email protected], gm5: cooper on replay, special players

    Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon has won the Cup three straight seasons (2019 with the St. Louis Blues).

    “I was getting a little excited with about 1:40 left,” Maroon said. “I had to keep my composure because obviously I’m not there. But to see these guys block shots and just mess them up and do whatever they can to [get] a chance to win, I’ve been very lucky.” I am very blessed to be part of three very good races and three very good teams. You might not see me on the score sheet, but I try to bring a different element to the room and contribute when I can and just loosen up the team a bit.”

    Notes: Kucherov became the sixth player in NHL history to lead the postseason in points without a tie in consecutive seasons, the first since Mario Lemieux for the Penguins in 1991 and 1992. Kucherov has scored 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 23 games this season after scoring 34 (seven goals, 27 assists) in 25 games last season. … tampa bay brayden point forward became the sixth player in nhl history to lead the playoffs in goals without a tie in consecutive seasons (14 goals in 23 games each season), the first since jari kurri for the edmonton oilers in 1987 and 1988 .point did not score a goal in the cup final. … the Lightnings went 15-0 in games following a postseason loss in 2020 and 2021. … Tampa Bay forward Alex Killorn broke the fibula in his left leg blocking a shot in Game 1 on June 28 and had surgery to insert a rod last week.

    video: lightning top habs to repeat as champions of the stanley cup

    See also: Pittsburgh Penguins win 2016 Stanley Cup – Sportsnet.ca

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