The Avalanche took the lead in the second period to win their first title since 2001 and end the Lightning’s bid for a third consecutive title. They did it convincingly, never facing elimination.
At risk of falling into a three-game deficit, the Lightning scored a late goal to beat the Rangers for the first time in six games this season and maintain their pursuit of a third straight title.
John Bacon played for the Ann Arbor Huron High School River Rats when they were good. Coaching them when they were dreadful was far more satisfying.
Seattle gets the Kraken, Canadian fans return to the arena, regular divisions and cross-border travel are back, and N.H.L. players are headed to the Olympics.
The Lightning overwhelmed the Habs, winning the best-of-seven series in five games to claim their second N.H.L. championship in nine months.
Seeking their first trip to the championship round since 1984, the Isles took just 18 shots on goal in a loss to Tampa Bay, the Cup’s current owners.
The playoffs open on Saturday with Game 1 between the Capitals and Bruins, one of the eight first-round matchups. Things look a little different this year.
Cooper, the Tampa Bay Lightning coach, won the 2020 Stanley Cup to add to his enviable trophy case. One key to his success, a former boss said, is that he keeps learning.
The success of the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays — pro sports punch lines turned finals contestants — is a run that rivals past glory years in Boston, New York or Los Angeles.
Tampa Bay will try to defend its title without one of its stars, and the Seattle expansion draft after the season will affect teams’ personnel decisions.
The Lightning have held a parade and a stadium celebration, albeit with limited capacity. But each player getting a day with the trophy, a rite since 1995, is uncertain.
The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars, four games to two, to win their second championship, in a season upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
A promotional video posted by the N.H.L. that glorified pain showed a disturbing embrace of violence by the league. The post has since been deleted.
Corey Perry’s goal gave Dallas a 3-2 victory and stopped Tampa Bay from clinching its second Stanley Cup.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored on the power play in overtime to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win and a lead of three games to one over Dallas.
The Tampa Bay captain played less than three minutes, but scored in a 5-2 win over Dallas in Game 3.
George Gwozdecky, a former Lightning assistant, once worked with Tampa Bay’s coach, Jon Cooper, and Dallas’s, Rick Bowness.
Defensemen Joel Hanley and Jamie Oleksiak each scored in the Stars’ 4-1 win, as Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the series over Tampa Bay.
The Stars have made a habit of coming from behind, while the Lightning have played only one six-game series.
As happened in 1993, the timely help of role players lifted the franchise to the conference finals. But behind in the series, 2-0, to Tampa Bay, these Islanders risk suffering the same fate.
Three teams won Game 7s to advance. Dallas and Vegas start the action with Game 1 on Sunday night in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Islanders shut out the Flyers, 4-0, in Game 7 of their playoff series and now face the Tampa Bay Lightning to decide who goes to the Stanley Cup finals.
Fighting has made a comeback, rest is more important than ever and players are hiding injuries from opponents staying in the same hotel. “It’s been nasty from the beginning,” said one TV analyst.