NHL Twitter reacts as Lightning strike twice as Stanley Cup champions

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday to win the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2020 Stanley Cup Final in an empty Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic. One year later, the Lightning have indeed struck twice as Stanley Cup champions inside the Amalie Arena in Tampa in front of their diehard fanbase.

On Wednesday night, the Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 to hoist Lord Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season. Of course, Twitter users shared their thoughts on the Lightning repeating as champions.

Lightning defeat the Canadiens in five games to win Stanley Cup for second-consecutive year

The Lightning and Canadiens were stuck in a deadlock until midway through the second period, when rookie forward Ross Colton recorded a tip-in goal off a beautiful cross-ice pass by defenseman David Savard. That was all the Lightning needed, as they shut the Canadiens out until the clock struck zero.

As is tradition, the Conn Smythe award winner for most valuable player of the playoffs was announced prior to the presentation of the Stanley Cup. This year’s winner was Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed a grand total of eight goals in the Stanley Cup Final against Montreal.

While the Canadiens did not emerge on the winning end of the series, their run to the Final will never be forgotten. They overcame a 3-1 series deficit in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs, swept the Winnipeg Jets in the second round and defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in the semifinals to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993. They provided a memory fans will never forget in the form of a huge Game 4 overtime victory earlier this week.

The Lightning are now the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Pittsburgh Penguins did so in 2016 and 2017. Of course, the debates will begin between both fanbases as to which organization had the better roster.

Tampa Bay was once dubbed playoff failures not too long ago. But now, they will be known as a powerhouse organization, as evidenced by their back-to-back Stanley Cups.

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