Can you say dynasty? The Tampa Bay Lighting is the first team to win the Stanley Cup at home since 2015 and join the NHL's elite list of back-to-back champs.
What happened: The team won Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday in front of 18,110 fans at Amalie Arena, beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0.
- Young Ross Colton scored the game's only goal on a thread-the-needle pass from defenseman David Savard, who was the lone Lightning veteran without a Stanley Cup ring. No more.
- Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had a shutout in all four series clinchers and never lost back-to-back games, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP.
State of play: What do you call it when one region dominates in every professional sport? The signs on the edge of town that call Tampa the "City of Champions" always felt like a bit of a stretch. Now? Not so much.
- The Lightning join our Super Bowl LV-winning Bucs in the victory circle.
- Two big, serious questions: Can the Lombardi Trophy fit inside the Stanley Cup? Also, can the Stanley Cup be tossed across the Hillsborough River?
The big picture: Just 45 years ago, Tampa Bay had no major professional sports franchises. Think about that.
- The difference between this year's win and last year's? The players get to smooch the cup without worrying about COVID. And we'll get to party with them, too.
What's next: The pressure is on the Rays to win the World Series. The Rays made the World Series last year, but couldn't bring home a title.
- Now, Champa Bay is very real, and we're all watching.
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