Brayden Point scored his playoff-best 14th goal, and the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Monday to win the Stanley Cup and finish the most unusual NHL postseason in history, staged nearly entirely in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ultra-talented Lightning, one of the league's top teams not to win the title the past five years, finally completed the complicated puzzle that is the Stanley Cup playoffs, securing their first championship since 2004. They defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets; the Boston Bruins, the league's No. 1 team in the regular season; and the New York Islanders before eliminating the Stars in a marathon through two Canadian bubble sites that featured multiple overtimes and plenty of drama.
The Lightning did to the Stars what Chicago did to them in the 2015 Final, when injuries built up. Tampa Bay had Point and No. 2 center Anthony Cirelli playing hurt this time, didn't have injured captain Steven Stamkos for almost all of the playoffs -- and still survived.
In the Final, Tampa Bay's power play was clicking and turned the series around. Point's goal made it 7-for-16 the past five games to decimate the Stars, who were undone by their lack of discipline and couldn't get enough "Dobby" magic from goaltender Anton Khudobin.