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Tampa Bay Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions with Game 5 win against Montreal Canadiens

Tampa Bay Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions with Game 5 win against Montreal Canadiens

The Tampa Bay Lightning are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions after beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

They are the second team of the salary cap era to repeat, joining the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had another strong bounce-back performance after a loss with a 22-save shutout to give the city its third championship in less than a year. The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in February.

He picked up the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with his fifth shutout. Counting the 2020 Stanley Cup title, he has recorded shutouts in five consecutive series clinchers.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ross Colton celebrates his second-period goal with teammates.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ross Colton celebrates his second-period goal with teammates.

The Lightning won their 2020 championship in a bubble environment in Edmonton last fall, but this time, they got to celebrate in front of their fans at Amalie Arena. The Lightning are the first NHL team to clinch a Stanley Cup title at home since the Chicago Blackhawks did it in 2015 against Tampa Bay.

A look at Game 5:

Rookie scores

Forward Ross Colton and defenseman David Savard weren’t part of the Lightning’s 2020 championship.

But they hooked up for the lone goal at 13:27 of the second period.

Savard took a pass from defenseman Ryan McDonagh, skated to the right faceoff circle and fed a pass out front, which Colton tipped past Montreal goalie Carey Price.

It was Colton’s fourth goal of the playoffs.

Colton was in the American Hockey League last season when the Lightning made their run. Savard was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the deadline with some clever salary cap maneuvering by Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois.

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save against Montreal Canadiens center Eric Staal.

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save against Montreal Canadiens center Eric Staal.

Vasilevskiy shines

Because of Vasilevskiy’s play, the Lightning didn’t lose back-to-back games in two straight postseasons. He was 7-0 last season and 7-0 this season following a loss.

The Lightning played strong defense in front of him in Game 5, but he fended off Montreal’s pressure before Colton’s goal.

He also stopped Montreal’s Josh Anderson and made a blocker save on Brendan Gallagher in the third period.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lightning top Canadiens in Game 5 for Stanley Cup repeat

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