by Anthony Yench
After 59 days and 130 games, the Stanley Cup Champion has finally been decided. The two contenders for hockey’s greatest prize were the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and after a 6-game series that ended on Monday night, Tampa came out on top. Here is how the series went:
Game 1: Many people thought Dallas would get swept, but they had other plans. They came out strong and won, 4-1.
Game 2: Tampa made a statement quickly, scoring 3 goals in the first period. Dallas, however, would fight back and make it an interesting game by scoring once in the second period and once in the third, but in the end would fall just short, losing 3-2. Series tied at 1.
Game 3: Tampa came out strong again and scored twice in the first period and three times in the second. Dallas scored once in the first and once in the third, but Tampa proved again they were the better team winning, 5-2.
Game 4: This was the highest scoring game of the series. Dallas started off strong in the first period, scoring the first 2 goals, followed by a late Tampa goal. Tamps scored twice in the second, and Dallas managed one. Both teams scored once in the third period, taking the game into overtime. Seven minutes in, Tampa’s Kevin Shattenkirk put the puck past Khudobin, giving Tampa a 3-1 series lead.
Game 5: Fighting off elimination, the Stars scored first, late into the first period. Tampa scored the next two goals, once in the second and once in the third. With under 5 minutes left in the game, Joe Pavelski for Dallas tied the game, forcing overtime once again. It took until the second overtime for Dallas’s Corey Perry to knock in a rebound in front of the net, forcing a game 6.
Game 6: This was the lowest scoring game of the series. The only goals were scored by Tampa’s Blake Coleman and Brayden Point in the first and second periods. A shutout by Andrei Vasilevskiy sealed the Lightning’s first Stanley Cup since 2004.