Thursday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Offseason Open Forum
Lightning claim second Stanley Cup in a row
Ross Colton scored the game’s only goal at the 13:27 mark of the second period, off assists from David Savard and Ryan McDonagh, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The shutout was Vasilevskiy’s fifth of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and fourth to win a series. He was voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP. Going back to last season, he has posted five staight shutouts in clinching games.
Tampa Bay is the ninth team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, and the first since the Pittsburgh Penguins did it in 2016 and 2017.
The Lightning has not lost back-to-back games in the playoffs in two years. They eliminated the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders before upending the upstart Canadiens.
Carey Price finished the game with 29 saves for the Habs, who only managed to score eight times in the four games to one series loss.
Nikita Kucherov led the postseason in scoring for a second straight season with 32 points (8G/24A), while Brayden Point did the same in the goals department, finishing with 14 in 23 games, the same number he had in 2020.
More postgame coverage at Raw Charge and Eyes On The Prize
The Carolina Hurricanes signed center Jack Drury to an entry-level contract. Drury was selected in the second round of the 2018 draft. He put up 30 points in 40 games with the Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League this season. (Canes Country)
The Boston Bruins signed minor-league forwards Cameron Hughes and Joona Koppanen to a one-year, two-way contract extensions. Hughes appeared in one game with the Bruins this season. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)
Will the Panthers buy out Keith Yandle this offseason?