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Tampa Bay Lightning Win Stanley Cup in Pandemic ‘Bubble’

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup on Monday, defeating the Dallas Stars in a championship played out in a “bubble’’ in Canada to insulate from the pandemic.

The Lightning won, 2-0, to take the series, four games to two, and claim their second Stanley Cup, having won it for the first time in 2004. The game was played without fans at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point scored his playoff-leading 14th goal in the first period, and Blake Coleman scored in the second. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.

Tampa Bay won even with its captain, Steven Stamkos, whom the franchise was built around, out for almost the entire series with an injury.

ImageNikita Kucherov, left, tallied his 27th assist of the playoffs on Point’s goal. He led all players in assists this postseason.
Credit…Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press

The N.H.L., like other leagues including the N.B.A. and the W.N.B.A., set up restricted zones for the conclusion of the regular season and the playoffs. The N.H.L. sites were in Edmonton and Toronto.

The league selected those cities largely because of Canada’s lower overall rate of coronavirus infections.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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