NHL season comes to a close as Lighting shut out Stars


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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – SEPTEMBER 28: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning hoists the Stanley Cup overhead after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Final to win the best of seven game series 4-2 at Rogers Place on September 28, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Joseph Celsur, Sports writer

On Monday night, the Dallas Stars took on the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

The Stars won the previous game in dramatic fashion when Corey Perry scored a game-winning goal in overtime. The Stars came into game six down in the series 3-2 and needing to win to force a game seven.

Game six started off contested with both sides playing very good defense, but the Lighting would take advantage of a line change. Forward Brayden Point would get his own rebound and would score the first goal of the game, twelve minutes into the first period. The Lighting would strike again in the second period when Dallas native Blake Coleman would score against the team he grew up rooting for, seven minutes into the period.

The rest of the game was very inactive as neither side would manage to score a goal. The Stars seemed to be physically worn out and were outplayed during the game. There were glimmers of hope for the Stars during the third period in the power plays, but the Lightning were able to get the penalty kill each time.

The Lightning would shut the Stars out and claim their first Stanley Cup since 2004, when they beat the Calgary Flames. Long time Lightning fan favorite and their captain, Steven Stamkos, who has only played one game since February, finally won his first Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup has alluded Stamkos since he has entered the league since 2008. He has come close two other times in his career, once in 2015 when the Lightning lost to the Blackhawks in the final and last year when the Lightning were humiliated when they were swept in the first round by the Bluejackets. Victor Hedman would be awarded the playoff MVP award beating out teammate Brayden Point, who was assumed to be the favorite to win the award.