Lightning strikes twice as Tampa Bay retain Stanley Cup

Canada's Stanley Cup drought will continue for at least another year after the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 on Wednesday to cap a successful NHL title defence.

Lightning strikes twice as Tampa Bay retain Stanley Cup
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The Tampa Bay Lightning became only the third back-to-back Stanley Cup champions in the last quarter of a century with a 1-0 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

The Lightning clinched the best-of-seven series 4-1 and ended a magical run by Montreal, who were ice hockey-mad Canada's latest hope of ending the country's longest Stanley Cup drought.

No Canada-based team has won the Stanley Cup since Montreal in 1993.

Unlike last year, when Tampa Bay won the Cup without fans present inside the NHL's biosecure bubble in Edmonton, they played Game Five in front of a full house and did not squander a chance to close out the series in front of their fans.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game FiveTAMPA, FLORIDA - JULY 07: Ross Colton #79 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores a goal past Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game Five of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on July 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Mike Carlson/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Tampa Bay scored the game's only goal with under seven minutes left in the second period when David Savard found rookie Ross Colton at the top of the crease with a tape-to-tape pass that slid under the stick of Montreal defenseman Ben Chiarot.