Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions, defeat Canadiens in Game 5

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the second straight season with a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

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.

“It’s unbelievable,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. “I mean, so cliche to say, but there’s no words. This group to go back to back after everything we went through last year in the bubble, to go through this year, ups and downs. I mean, it’s amazing.”

It was Vasilevskiy’s fifth shutout of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and fourth to win a series. He was voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Video: Vasilevskiy wins Conn Smythe award

The Lightning are the ninth team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, the first since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017.

“It doesn’t take anything away from last year, but to do it again is just validation into history,” Stamkos said. “And this group accomplished something that not many people thought could happen, and like I said, to do it in front of our family, our friends and our fans was just amazing.”

Carey Price made 29 saves for Montreal, which was playing in the Cup Final for the first time since 1993.

Colton tapped in a pass from defenseman David Savard to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 13:27 of the second period.

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

Video: MTL@TBL, Gm5: Savard sets up Colton’s opening goal

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