Lightning Defeat Stars In Game 6 To Become 2019-20 Stanley Cup Champions

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won it all.

Tampa Bay defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Monday night in the NHL’s Edmonton bubble to win the Stanley Cup.

THIS IS OUR TIMEYOUR TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING ARE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!! pic.twitter.com/1trZdj2JPf— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 29, 2020

CELEBRATE, TAMPA! The @TBLightning are #StanleyCup Champions. @NHLonNBCSports pic.twitter.com/tDl0hwOyi9— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 29, 2020

This is the team’s first Cup since 2004.

The Lightning had to knock off the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders before entering the best-of-seven series against the Stars.

Dallas did have surge late in the third, but it just wasn’t enough, sending Tyler Seguin and Co. home empty handed.

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Brayden Point Leads Tampa Bay Lightning To Stanley Cup Championship

The redemption story is complete. For the first time since 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions. The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final by a score of 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay was led by Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped all 22 shots he faced to lead his team to victory. The best team a year-ago who got bounced in the first round of the playoffs finally fulfilled their destiny as the best team in the National Hockey League. Tampa Bay was able to win without the services of Steven Stamkos, who played five shifts and scored one goal in the playoffs. The Lightning were led offensively by Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman. Point opened the scoring recording the game-winning goal with Blake Coleman adding a goal to lead the Lightning to victory.
Brayden Point Leads Tampa Bay Lightning To Stanley Cup Championship
First Period
It was a tentative start to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Stars and Lightning. Both Andrei Vasilevskiy and Anton Khudobin did not see many shots early on. As neither team wanted to be the first one to give up the first goal. However, it was the Lightning who took control of the game midway through the first period. The Lightning holding the shot edge 11-4. However, one noticeable thing is that the Stars were taking too many penalties. Even though the first penalty kill was successful. It did not remain that way for long. Eventually, the Lightning were going to score if the Stars kept taking penalties. On the second power-play of the game, the Lightning made the Stars pay. On a beautiful entry by Kucherov, he passes to a trailing Point, who has too much time and space. Brayden Point opens the scoring by picking up his rebound after his initial shot was stopped. Once the Lightning were able to open the scoring they were able to relax and take it to the Stars.
Early on Kucherov, Hedman, and Point made uncharacteristic mistakes. Dallas pressured Ondrej Palat, which led to a shorthanded opportunity on Vasilevskiy. That rush was led by Tyler Seguin, who fed Justin Dowling, who passed it to Miro Heiskanen jumping into the play. Heiskanen just missed the net, while Joe Pavelski just missed a rebound opportunity. Even though the Stars were trailing 1-0 after the first period, they built some positive energy for the second period.
Second Period
The second period began at a much better pace than the first period. Teams were exchanging scoring chances with neither goalie backing down. Even though Vasilevskiy did not see as many shots as Khudobin, he still needed to remain sharp as the Lightning continued to hold a one-goal lead. As the Stars tried to take advantage of a Lightning change, it was the Lightning who got the last laugh. Pat Maroon intercepted an Alexander Radulov pass. As Maroon entered he dishes the puck off to Cedric Paquette, who slides the puck to a wide-open Coleman making it 2-0 Lightning. Coleman, who grew up in Plano, Texas watching the Stars, scored one of the biggest goals of his career. The Lightning continued to put the pressure on the Stars as they could taste victory. However, Dallas would not back down with their season on the line. But the Lightning dominated most of the period draining the Stars of any life.
Third Period
Tampa Bay learned from their Game 5 mistake by not being tentative and playing strictly just defence. Instead, the Lightning took it took the Stars as the third period began. They knew they could not sit back and let the Stars dictate play. Once the puck was dropped on the third period the Lightning were on the puck. As the old saying goes the best defence is a good offence. The Lightning played a version of the neutral zone trap to keep the Stars chasing the puck into their end. Credit the Lightning for not allowing the Stars to get any offence going. Khudobin did his best, but the Lightning were just smothering the Stars in every turn. Even with a surge by the Stars in the third period, there was Vasilevskiy to close the door. Vasilevskiy had to work hard in the third period stopping all 14 shots he faced. Including several huge stops late in the period with the Stars on the power-play. In the end, the Lightning were just too much as they hung on to win the game and the Stanley Cup.
Conn Smythe
The Conn Smythe Trophy given to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was awarded to Victor Hedman. Hedman recorded 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists) in 24 post-season games. Hedman’s 10 goals were the most goals for a defenceman since Brian Leetch recorded 11 goals in the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the New York Rangers.
His teammates Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Point recorded 32 points (13 goals and 19 assists) in 22 post-season games. Kucherov recorded 33 points (seven goals and 26 assists) in 24 games. Kucherov set the record for most assists in a single post-season with 26 passing Wayne Gretzky who had recorded 24 in a single post-season.
Victor Hedman. Main Photo:
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Brayden Point Leads Tampa Bay Lightning To Stanley Cup Championship

The redemption story is complete. For the first time since 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions. The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final by a score of 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay was led by Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped all 22 shots he faced to lead his team to victory. The best team a year-ago who got bounced in the first round of the playoffs finally fulfilled their destiny as the best team in the National Hockey League. Tampa Bay was able to win without the services of Steven Stamkos, who played five shifts and scored one goal in the playoffs. The Lightning were led offensively by Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman. Point opened the scoring recording the game-winning goal with Blake Coleman adding a goal to lead the Lightning to victory.
Brayden Point Leads Tampa Bay Lightning To Stanley Cup Championship
First Period
It was a tentative start to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Stars and Lightning. Both Andrei Vasilevskiy and Anton Khudobin did not see many shots early on. As neither team wanted to be the first one to give up the first goal. However, it was the Lightning who took control of the game midway through the first period. The Lightning holding the shot edge 11-4. However, one noticeable thing is that the Stars were taking too many penalties. Even though the first penalty kill was successful. It did not remain that way for long. Eventually, the Lightning were going to score if the Stars kept taking penalties. On the second power-play of the game, the Lightning made the Stars pay. On a beautiful entry by Kucherov, he passes to a trailing Point, who has too much time and space. Brayden Point opens the scoring by picking up his rebound after his initial shot was stopped. Once the Lightning were able to open the scoring they were able to relax and take it to the Stars.
Early on Kucherov, Hedman, and Point made uncharacteristic mistakes. Dallas pressured Ondrej Palat, which led to a shorthanded opportunity on Vasilevskiy. That rush was led by Tyler Seguin, who fed Justin Dowling, who passed it to Miro Heiskanen jumping into the play. Heiskanen just missed the net, while Joe Pavelski just missed a rebound opportunity. Even though the Stars were trailing 1-0 after the first period, they built some positive energy for the second period.
Second Period
The second period began at a much better pace than the first period. Teams were exchanging scoring chances with neither goalie backing down. Even though Vasilevskiy did not see as many shots as Khudobin, he still needed to remain sharp as the Lightning continued to hold a one-goal lead. As the Stars tried to take advantage of a Lightning change, it was the Lightning who got the last laugh. Pat Maroon intercepted an Alexander Radulov pass. As Maroon entered he dishes the puck off to Cedric Paquette, who slides the puck to a wide-open Coleman making it 2-0 Lightning. Coleman, who grew up in Plano, Texas watching the Stars, scored one of the biggest goals of his career. The Lightning continued to put the pressure on the Stars as they could taste victory. However, Dallas would not back down with their season on the line. But the Lightning dominated most of the period draining the Stars of any life.
Third Period
Tampa Bay learned from their Game 5 mistake by not being tentative and playing strictly just defence. Instead, the Lightning took it took the Stars as the third period began. They knew they could not sit back and let the Stars dictate play. Once the puck was dropped on the third period the Lightning were on the puck. As the old saying goes the best defence is a good offence. The Lightning played a version of the neutral zone trap to keep the Stars chasing the puck into their end. Credit the Lightning for not allowing the Stars to get any offence going. Khudobin did his best, but the Lightning were just smothering the Stars in every turn. Even with a surge by the Stars in the third period, there was Vasilevskiy to close the door. Vasilevskiy had to work hard in the third period stopping all 14 shots he faced. Including several huge stops late in the period with the Stars on the power-play. In the end, the Lightning were just too much as they hung on to win the game and the Stanley Cup.
Conn Smythe
The Conn Smythe Trophy given to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was awarded to Victor Hedman. Hedman recorded 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists) in 24 post-season games. Hedman’s 10 goals were the most goals for a defenceman since Brian Leetch recorded 11 goals in the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the New York Rangers.
His teammates Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Point recorded 32 points (13 goals and 19 assists) in 22 post-season games. Kucherov recorded 33 points (seven goals and 26 assists) in 24 games. Kucherov set the record for most assists in a single post-season with 26 passing Wayne Gretzky who had recorded 24 in a single post-season.
Victor Hedman. Main Photo:
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Take Look Inside Patriots’ Locker Room After Week 3 Win Vs. Raiders

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Week 3 wasn’t the Patriots’ best game, but New England still got it done against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Pats won 36-20 on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. And even though head coach Bill Belichick blamed “bad coaching” for their timeout usage, his team came out on top and handed the Raiders their first loss of the season.

And now we’re getting an inside look at what the locker room looked like postgame.

Owner Robert Kraft greeted the players, while Bill Belichick told his team they need their best game against the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs next week.

“We haven’t had it yet,” Belichick said in the video released by the team. “We need it.”

New England also was playing with James White on their minds, as the running back was inactive for Week 3 after his father tragically died in a car accident.

“Let’s hold dear to the people we love, fellas,” Matthew Slater said.

Check out the full video below:

How do we feel about victory number two? pic.twitter.com/7FaN3jGqgs— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 29, 2020

The Patriots now travel to Kansas City for a 4:25 p.m ET kickoff against the Chiefs.

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Patrick Mahomes Becomes Fastest QB In NFL History To Reach 10,000 Passing Yards

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Have a day, Patrick Mahomes.

The Kansas City Chiefs got off to a hot start against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football in Week 3, leading Lamar Jackson and Co. 27-10 at the half.

And the reigning Super Bowl MVP made NFL history in the process.

Mahomes finished the first half completing 19 of 27 attempts for 260 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 14 yards on three carries and a rushing touchdown.

But with his work airing the ball out on Monday, Mahomes became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 passing yards during the first quarter of the game.

The milestone game in the 34th regular season start of his career, with a 13-yard toss to one of his favorite targets over the years, tight end Travis Kelce, getting the job done.

Making history… again. Congrats @PatrickMahomes! pic.twitter.com/RwA1ysqKbW— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 29, 2020

Patrick Mahomes' accolades/stats through 34 games:– Fastest #NFL QB to reach 10,000 passing yards– Super Bowl LIV Champion/MVP– 2-time Pro Bowler (2018, 2019)– 2018 MVP winner– 2018 first-team All-Pro– Richest contract in league historyOh and he's only 25 pic.twitter.com/q65UfIFKWD— SportsBlog.com (@SportsBlog) September 29, 2020

With Mahomes only being 25 years old, something tells us he has a few more records to break.

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Watch Patrick Mahomes Throw Perfect TD Pass To Mecole Hardman Vs. Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens defense just didn’t have answers for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

And it put them in a hole before the first half was over.

With 1:54 left in the second quarter, Mahomes threw an absolute bomb of a deep pass to Mecole Hardman on 3rd-and-14 for the 49-yard touchdown.

Check it out:

ALL GAS NO BRAKES #KCvsBAL https://t.co/UDLtYDgm6e pic.twitter.com/Ji2hqX8m2I— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 29, 2020

Goodness gracious.

The Chiefs extended their lead to 27-10 after the successful point after try.

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Watch Ravens’ Devin Duvernay Return Punt 93 Yards For Touchdown Vs. Chiefs

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Devin Duvernay had a big stage for the first touchdown of his NFL career.

In the Baltimore Ravens’ game against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, the rookie turned on the wheels on a punt return.

Down 13-3 to the Chiefs in the second quarter of the Week 3 matchup, Duvernay ran the kick back all the way to the house, going 93 yards for the touchdown.

And at the fastest point of his run, the 23-year-old receiver’s speed reached 21.5 miles per hour. Check it out below.

DEVIN DUVERNAY! GONE!!The first kickoff return TD of the year goes to the @Ravens!(via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/LmMFh5G8nW— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 29, 2020

According to NFL Next Gen stats, Devin Duvernay's max speed of 21.5 MPH on the kickoff return was the fastest by a Ravens ball carrier on a TD in the last 3 seasons.It was the first kickoff return TD on Monday Night Football since Joe McKnight in 2012. pic.twitter.com/JOMaY45WVC— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2020

Sheesh.

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NFL Rumors: Earl Thomas To Texans? Safety Will Work Out For Houston

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Earl Thomas currently is a free agent, but the safety could have a new home in the NFL sooner rather than later.

The Texans plan to bring Thomas in for a workout this week, according to Monday’s NFL transaction wire. He will be one of “multiple safeties” Houston plans on working out this week, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

The #Texans are planning to work out multiple safeties later in the week in a group that includes FA Earl Thomas. No deal is in place with Thomas or any other safety. For now, a tryout and visit, and the team will see where it goes in a few days when COVID-19 testing concludes.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2020

But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Thomas “signing this week is more likely than not.”

Former Ravens’ S Earl Thomas is in Houston now and his “signing this week is more likely than not”, per a source. Before he signs, he has to first pass COVID protocols.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2020

The Texans could use another safety right about now, too.

Houston on Monday placed A.J. Moore on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, but is expected to return before the season ends. Fellow safety Eric Murray, meanwhile, hasn’t had the smoothest go in the first three games, especially in the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Thomas could give the Texans’ defense a nice boost. But there are a couple of red flags Houston shouldn’t ignore.

There is, after all, a reason he currently is a free agent. Thomas’ contract was terminated by the Ravens in August after he sparked an on-field confrontation with former teammate Chuck Clark (and reportedly punched him).

He wasn’t much better during his stint with the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas landed himself in hot water after flipping off head coach Pete Carroll while being carted off the field with a broken leg in Week 4 of the 2018 season.

The Texans definitely need some sort of spark after going 0-3 to start the 2020 season. But is Thomas really it?

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Patriots’ N’Keal Harry Celebrates Victory Monday With Simple Tweet

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Monday’s are lot easier when you wake up after a win.

Such was the case for N’Keal Harry, whose Patriots moved to 2-1 when New England defeated the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

And he celebrated with a simple tweet with two pictures from the win.

Check it out:

VICTORY MONDAY pic.twitter.com/pHnxnxsmVd— Keal (@NkealHarry15) September 28, 2020

Harry caught two passes for 34 yards in the W.

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Matthew Slater Thinks Patriots Must Play Best Game Vs. Chiefs ‘To Even Be Competitive’

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The New England Patriots are 2-1 after Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season, but their difficult stretch of games continues.

After opening up the year with a win over the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots narrowly fell to the undefeated Seattle Seahawks and handed the Las Vegas Raiders their first loss.

Next up, the reigning Super Bowl champions.

New England travels to Kansas City to face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the team’s toughest test yet. Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater spoke to what it will take to defeat them.

“They’re good at everything,” Slater on Monday said, via NBC Sports Boston.

“This is a tough team. This is a tough team. Obviously everybody wants to talk about Mahomes and the skill players on offense and rightfully so but their defense has been playing great, their kicking game has always been one of the best in the league. So for us, we’re looking at a team that really doesn’t have a weakness in any phase of the game, so it’s going to take tremendous, tremendous preparation and it’s going to take our best game of the season to go out there and even be competitive with a team like this.”

Matthew Slater on Chiefs: "We're looking at a team that really doesn't have a weakness." Catch his full interview with @PhilAPerry & @Teddyjradio at 7:30pm on @NBCSBoston #MondayNightPatriots pic.twitter.com/9Brh2jbuXD— Patriots on NBCSB (@NBCSPatriots) September 28, 2020

The Patriots and Chiefs kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET in Week 4, where they’ll get Kansas City on a shortened week of rest.

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