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Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup after 2-0 win over Stars in Game 6

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 9/29/2020 Marlowe Alter and Mike Brehm, Detroit Free Press

In April 2019, the Tampa Bay Lightning skated off the ice, victims of a stunning first-round sweep by the Columbus Blue Jackets after a 62-win season.

Monday, they stayed on the ice after the end of Game 6 to lift the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history.

A 2-0 victory against the Dallas Stars completed the redemption tour as the Lightning went 16-6 after the round robin to win the NHL championship for the first time since 2004.

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"Sometimes in failure, you find success," Lightning coach Jon Cooper told Sportsnet after the game. "It doesn't come easy. People say you never know when you're going to go back. I truly believe it was the heartbreak we suffered that brought us here today."

Last season's shocker showed that skill alone was not enough to win a Cup, so general manager Julien BriseBois got busy, adding grit in forwards Pat Maroon and Barclay Goodrow and depth in forward Blake Coleman and defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk, Zach Bogosian and Luke Schenn.

a couple of people that are standing in the snow: Sep 28, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in game six of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports © Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Sep 28, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in game six of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

That allowed them to get past the Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Stars despite getting only five shifts from captain Steven Stamkos.

But in the end, the Lightning won a championship because their stars performed like stars this postseason.

2020 Stanley Cup playoffs

(*-if necessary; all game times are Eastern Time)

Stanley Cup final

(Rogers Place, Edmonton)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars

Game 1: Stars 4, Lightning 1

Game 2: Lightning 3, Stars 2

Game 3: Lightning 5, Stars 2

Game 4: Lightning 5, Stars 4 (OT)

Game 5: Stars 3, Lightning 2 (2OT)

Game 6: Lightning 2, Stars vs. 8, NBC

Conference finals

East (Scotiabank Arena, Toronto)

(2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (6) N.Y. Islanders

Game 1: Lightning 8, Islanders 2

Game 2: Lightning 2, Islanders 1

Game 3: Islanders 5, Lightning 3

Game 4: Lightning 4, Islanders 1

Game 5: Islanders 2, Lightning 1 (2OT)

Game 6: Lightning 2, Islanders 1 (OT)

West (Rogers Place, Edmonton)

(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (3) Dallas Stars

Game 1: Stars 1, Golden Knights 0

Game 2: Golden Knights 3, Stars 0

Game 3: Stars 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

Game 4: Stars 2, Golden Knights 1

Game 5: Stars 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

Conference semifinals

East (Scotiabank Arena, Toronto)

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (6) New York Islanders 

Game 1: Islanders 4, Flyers 0

Game 2: Flyers 4, Islanders 3 (OT)

Game 3: Islanders 3, Flyers 1

Game 4: Islanders 3, Flyers 2

Game 5: Flyers 4, Islanders 3 (OT)

Game 6: Flyers 5, Islanders 4 (2OT)

Game 7: Islanders 4, Flyers 0

(2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (4) Boston Bruins

Game 1: Bruins 3, Lightning 2

Game 2: Lightning 4, Bruins 3

Game 3: Lightning 7, Bruins 1

Game 4: Lightning 3, Bruins 1

Game 5: Lightning 3, Bruins 2 (2OT)

West (Rogers Place, Edmonton)

(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (5) Vancouver Canucks

Game 1: Golden Knights 5, Canucks 0

Game 2: Canucks 5, Golden Knights 2

Game 3: Golden Knights 3, Canucks 0

Game 4: Golden Knights 5, Canucks 3

Game 5: Canucks 2, Golden Knights 1

Game 6: Canucks 4, Golden Knights 0 

Game 7: Golden Knights 3, Canucks 0

(2) Colorado Avalanche vs. (3) Dallas Stars

Game 1: Stars 5, Avalanche 3

Game 2: Stars 5, Avalanche 2

Game 3: Avalanche 6, Stars 4 

Game 4: Stars 5, Avalanche 4

Game 5: Avalanche 6, Stars 3

Game 6: Avalanche 4, Stars 1

Game 7: Stars 5, Avalanche 4 (OT)

First round

Eastern Conference (Scotiabank Arena, Toronto)

No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

Game 1: Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1

Game 2: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 0

Game 3: Philadelphia 1, Montreal 0

Game 4: Philadelphia 2, Montreal 0

Game 5: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 3

Game 6: Philadelphia 3, Montreal 2

No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets

Game 1: Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 2 (5OT)

Game 2: Columbus 3, Tampa Bay 1

Game 3: Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 2

Game 4: Tampa Bay 2, Columbus 1

Game 5: Tampa Bay 5, Columbus 4 (OT)

No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 New York Islanders

Game 1: NY Islanders 4, Washington 2

Game 2: NY Islanders 5, Washington 2

Game 3: NY Islanders  2, Washington 1 (OT)

Game 4: Washington 3, NY Islanders 2

Game 5: NY Islanders 4, Washington 0

No. 4 Boston Bruins vs. No. 5 Carolina Hurricanes

Game 1: Boston 4, Carolina 3 (2OT)

Game 2: Carolina 3, Boston 2

Game 3: Boston 3, Carolina 1

Game 4: Boston 4, Carolina 3

Game 5: Boston 2, Carolina 1

Western Conference (Rogers Place, Edmonton)

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks

Game 1: Vegas 4, Chicago 1

Game 2: Vegas 4, Chicago 3 (OT)

Game 3: Vegas 2, Chicago 1

Game 4: Chicago 3, Vegas 1

Game 5: Vegas 4, Chicago 3

No. 2 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 7 Arizona Coyotes

Game 1: Colorado 3, Arizona 0

Game 2: Colorado 3, Arizona 2

Game 3: Arizona 4, Colorado 2

Game 4: Colorado 7, Arizona 1

Game 5: Colorado 7, Arizona 1

No. 3 Dallas Stars vs. No. 6 Calgary Flames

Game 1: Calgary 3, Dallas 2

Game 2: Dallas 5, Calgary 4

Game 3: Calgary 2, Dallas 0

Game 4: Dallas 5, Calgary 4 (OT)

Game 5: Dallas 2, Calgary 1

Game 6: Dallas 7, Calgary 3

No. 4 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 5 Vancouver Canucks

Game 1: Vancouver 5, St. Louis 2

Game 2: Vancouver 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)

Game 3: St. Louis 3, Vancouver 2 (OT)

Game 4: St. Louis 3, Vancouver 1

Game 5: Vancouver 4, St. Louis 3

Game 6: Vancouver 6, St. Louis 2

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