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Lightning dazzle Stars to claim 2nd Stanley Cup title

Brayden Point scored a powerplay goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy blocked 22 shots for a shutout as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Monday to capture their second Stanley Cup championship.

The win erases years of close calls and underachieving performances in the postseason for the Lightning, who won the series four games to two and claimed their first National Hockey League title since 2004. There was no panic from Tampa Bay in a dominating Game 6 performance, even though it was coming off a gruelling double overtime loss to Dallas in Game 5 on Saturday night. Captain Steven Stamkos accepted the Stanley Cup trophy from league commissioner Gary Bettman on the ice. Stamkos was injured and unable to play in the final game. “I am so proud of this team and everything we have accomplished. I am speechless. It’s magical to be part of this,” Canadian Stamkos said. Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman was named the most valuable player of the playoffs. Hedman finished with 10 goals and 11 assists in the postseason. With no fans inside Rogers Place, the sight of players taking turns skating around a desolate arena, the Stanley Cup raised above their heads, for cheers that would never be heard provided an eerie victory scene.


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