Tampa Bay now lives up to its favorite role and takes its 2nd Stanley Cup | Ice hockey


The most unusual NHL season in history, almost completely quarantined by the corona pandemic, has its bubble champion after all. At Rogers Place sports complex in Edmonton, Canada, star Brayden Point – with his 14th play-off goal – and Blake Coleman each scored a decisive 4th victory in the final against Dallas Stars. Goalkeeper Andrej Vasilevski did the rest.

The sports arena was empty, but a party started at Lightning, leaving years of play-off misery and 2 months of isolation behind. Tampa Bay was dominant throughout the final, while Dallas was hampered by lack of discipline and too many injuries.

Finally, the Lightning, often the favorite title favorite in recent years, were able to flush through the failed play-offs of the past 4 years. Last year’s painful exits was a nightmare: as the regular best with a record number of victories, the top club was put away 4-0 in the 1st round by Columbus Blue Jackets.

Victor Hedman of Tampa Bay, good for 10 goals and 13 assists in 26 games, was named MVP of the playoffs. The Swede was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy. (read on below the tweet)

The corona bubble – in the Canadian cities of Toronto and Edmonton – worked in the NHL. More than 31,000 tests did not yield a single positive case with players, coaches or staff. Only a few employees of the bubble catering industry ran into the corona lamp, but the competition was never in danger.

The NHL has moved forward December 1 to start the new season, but that could also be later that month or January. The uncertainty about the corona crisis remains too great for that.

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