For the third season in a row, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final.
Just 21 seconds after Frank Vatrano tied the game on a power-play goal, Steven Stamkos atoned for the penalty he had just taken by scoring the eventual game-winning goal. After a short review, the officials decided that Stamkos' second of the game was a good goal.
Even though you could read Jon Cooper’s lips saying “that’s on you” to Stamkos after taking the penalty that led to the game-tying power-play goal, Cooper shouldn't have a whole lot to complain about when it comes to Stamkos. The Tampa Bay captain has scored seven goals over his last eight games, leading the Bolts with nine playoff goals. If Tampa can finish the job, then Stamkos has to be in the Conn Smythe conversation.
Andrei Vasilevskiy did his thing again, stopping 20 of 21 shots he faced in the win. Vasilevskiy has allowed just one goal over each of his previous three games. He also has quality starts in each of his last four games.
Although Brayden Point skated this morning, he was not in the lineup for Game 6. After the game, Cooper said that he isn't sure about Point playing Game 1 of the final but that Point is "extremely probable" to play sometime in the final.
Corey Perry will be making his third consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Final, each with a different team. He is the second player in history to do this – Marian Hossa is the other one, if you remember his journey from Pittsburgh to Detroit and finally winning a Stanley Cup with Chicago. For Perry, if you can't beat 'em – join 'em.
Ryan Strome returned to the Rangers lineup after missing Game 5, while Dryden Hunt entered the lineup for the first time since Game 3 of their first-round series against Pittsburgh. All of this meant that Gerard Gallant decided to scratch Kaapo Kakko, which was a bit of a head scratcher. The decision to scratch Kakko effectively broke up the Kid Line, causing a complete res