CHILLIN’ WITH AC – July 8
By Andrew Ciotti

LIGHTNING RECAP – STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 5

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions….again. They have won “The Cup” back to back in less than a year due the pandemic and they got to do it on home ice, in front of their beloved fans. You couldn’t draw it up any better than that, just an all around story finish. It is such a huge accomplishment to win sports most challenging championship, but to do it two years in a row is insane.

The Lightning beat the Canadians 1-0 in Game 5 of the final at Amalie Arena. They join a small group of teams that have repeated as Stanley Cup champs. The Pittsburgh Penguins were the most recent team to repeat as cup champs four years and before them was the Detroit Red Wings who repeated in 1997-1998.

This is such an amazing accomplishment for such an amazing team and organization. Although the Bolts seemed to handily beat the Canadians in the first 3 games, Montreal did not shy away.  The Habs have not been in the cup finals  since 1993 and the Canadians went on to beat the Lightning on their home ice to force a Game 5. I feel like the Lightning were upset by not sweeping the Canadiens but secretly wanted to win it at home and parade Lord Stanley’s Cup in front of their home fans at Amalie Arena.

The game was an absolute battle and the level of intensity was immense. It was a super physical final game with a good amount of penalties called. You could tell that these players would literally put their lives on the line for the cup.

The Lightning were able to score at  13:27 of the middle period as D David Savard, who the Lightning picked up just before the trading deadline from Columbus, made a great pass to United States native F Ross Colton (4) who put the biscuit in the basket for the only goal the Bolts, and #88, would need.

From there, the Lightning did everything they could to get the win and one of the major reasons why they won was because of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was the playoff MVP. Vasilevskiy is the best goalie in the world right now and that goes to show how important that position is in hockey.

Vasilevskiy had shutouts in all of the series clinching games and he deserves all the praise in the world. That being said, the players in front of him put their bodies on the line to block every single shot they could. F Barclay Goodrow had 3 blocked shots in the game and it’s stuff like that makes all the difference. The parade will be on Monday morning and the river will host the party again much to the happiness of our youngest Tampa Bay Lightning fan.