Tampa Bay Wins Stanley Cup
(Tampa, Florida-AP) — The Stanley Cup is going on a Florida vacation. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won their first ever Stanley Cup, defeating the Calgary Flames 2-to-1 in game seven.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored both goals for the Lightning, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 16 saves in the clincher.
Fedotenko gave the Lightning a 2-to-0 lead, getting goals in the first two periods. His first goal was set up by Brad Richards, who captured the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason.
Khabibulin blanked the Flames until Craig Conroy beat him on a power play midway through the third period.
Khabibulin faced just seven shots in the first two periods.
Dave Andreychuk was finally able to lift the cup over his head for the first time in his 22-season career. No player had played more games than Andreychuk without winning a title until the Lightning prevailed on home ice.
The flames had tried to become the first Canadian team to win the Cup since Montreal in 1993. They had a 3-to-2 lead in the series, only to drop the last two games by one goal.