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Lightning blank Stars, capture 2nd Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Tampa Bay Lightning are the champions of bubble hockey. Brayden Point scored his playoff-best 14th goal and the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Monday night to win the Stanley Cup and finish off the most unusual NHL postseason in history, staged nearly entirely in quarantine because of the pandemic. […]

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Lightning’s Hedman wins postseason MVP award

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. EDMONTON, Alberta — Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Award as the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs MVP. Hedman, 29, scored 10 goals this summer — Paul Coffey (12) and Brian Leetch (11) are the only defenseman to ever record more. He also led the Lightning […]

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Lightning’s Stamkos out for possible cup clincher

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup on Saturday night, but they’ll have to do it without their captain, Steven Stamkos. The 30-year-old center will not play in Game 5, coach Jon Cooper announced on Saturday morning. The Lightning lead the Stanley Cup […]

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Stars upset with OT penalty: ‘It’s the playoffs’

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn watched from the penalty box as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s shot floated into the net at 6:34 of overtime to win Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. His teammates believe he shouldn’t have been in the box at all. “That’s […]

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Lightning’s Stamkos ‘unfit to play,’ out Game 4

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Steven Stamkos will not play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, however the Tampa Bay Lightning captain has not been ruled out for the rest of the series. Coach Jon Cooper made the announcement Friday morning, saying that Stamkos is “unfit to play.” The Lightning have […]