Sadly, my Boston Bruins could not get past the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes, but the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the Championship for a third year in a row.
It has been 37 years since a team has made it to the finals three consecutive times. The last team to do this was the Edmonton Oilers back in 1983 to 1985. The previous team to win consecutive Stanley Cups in a row, four in fact, was the New York Islanders during the early 80s.
If Tampa can defeat the Avalanche, they will join the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, and Islanders with multiple Stanley Cup wins in a row and make NHL history.
The Lightning beat the New York Rangers in Game 6 last night 2-1 to win the 2022 Eastern Conference Championship. Steven Stamkos scored the only two goals for Tampa Bay and Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had 20 saves, which was plenty to give Tampa the win over New York.
It wasn’t until late in the second period before Tampa Bay scored their first goal only to have the Rangers tie it up on a power play with less than seven minutes left in the third period.
Literally twenty-one seconds later, though, the Lightning strike back with Stamkos’ second goal to give Tampa the lead.
After losing the first two games, Tampa went on to win four straight games against the Rangers and finished the series 6-2.
Tampa will face the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals, which are slated to start this Wednesday, June 15, at 6:00pm MT.
Your 2022 Eastern Conference Champions!! ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/kDVDXYKerC— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 12, 2022