Lightning Win Stanley Cup After Getting Swept In First Round Of 2019 Tournament

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After setting the NHL record with 62 wins during the 2018-19 regular season but getting swept by the eighth-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history with a 2-0 win in Game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

They won it without their captain, Steven Stamkos, who missed all but one game (Game 3 vs. Stars) of the tournament due to injury.

The Lightning defeated the Blue Jackets in five games of the first round, the Boston Bruins in five games of the second, and the New York Islanders in six games during the Eastern Conference Final before downing the Stars. They grabbed the second seed in the conference after going 2-1-0 in the round-robin.

Defenseman Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy after he posted 10 goals, 22 points, and a +10 rating in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

They won arguably the hardest Stanley Cup to win after the season was paused for 137 days due to COVID-19.

The Lightning averaged 3.08 goals-per-game, 2.38 goals-against per game, went 27.5% on the power-play, and 92.5% on the penalty-kill during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They started the regular season 17-13-4 but climbed all the way to second in the NHL by going a league-best 26-8-2 after December 22 to vault near the top of the league in the regular season.

Forward Patrick Maroon won his second consecutive Stanley Cup after being on his hometown St. Louis Blues last season.

The Lightning acquired forwards Blake Coleman (from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward prospect Nolan Foote and a first-round pick in the 2020 or 2021 NHL Draft) and Barclay Goodrow (2020 third-round pick from San Jose Sharks in exchange for 2020 first-round pick and forward Anthony Greco) at the trade deadline, when they signed defenseman Zach Bogosian to a one-year contract. Maroon, defenseman Luke Schenn, and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk were all signed last offseason.

With this season in the bags, the focus now shifts towards playing a full 82-game season in 2020-21, which is the NHL’s goal. The season could start in December or January.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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