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2020 Stanley Cup Finals
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Dallas Stars 4224*3**02
Tampa Bay Lightning  1 3 55* 2** 2 4
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location:Edmonton: Rogers Place
Coaches:Dallas: Rick Bowness (interim)
Tampa Bay: Jon Cooper
Captains:Dallas: Jamie Benn
Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos
Referees:Francis Charron (1, 4), Steve Kozari (2, 5), Wes McCauley (1, 3, 6), Dan O'Rourke (3, 5), Kelly Sutherland (2, 4, 6)
Dates:September 19 – 28
MVP:Victor Hedman (Lightning)
Brayden Point (12:23, First, G6)
Networks:Canada (English): CBC/Sportsnet
Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States (English): NBC/NBCSN
Announcers:(CBC/SN) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake, and Kyle Bukauskas
(TVA) Felix Seguin, Patrick Lalime, Renaud Lavoie
(NBC/NBCSN) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher, and Pierre McGuire
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The 2020 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2019–20 season and the culmination of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars. The Lightning won the best-of-seven series, four games to two, for their second championship in franchise history. The Lightning had home-ice advantage in the series by virtue of their better regular season points percentage. The series began on September 19 and concluded on September 28. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire series was played behind closed doors at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The pandemic resulted in the league suspending the regular season on March 12, 2020, and then scheduling a special 24-team playoff format to be held in two neutral "hub cities" (Edmonton and Toronto) that began on August 1.[1]

This was the first Stanley Cup Finals series since 1928 to be played entirely in one location and the first since 1989 to be played entirely in Canada. This was the first Stanley Cup Finals since 1950 to feature a neutral site game and the first Stanley Cup Finals to feature both teams from the American Sun Belt (Texas and Florida). As a result of the pandemic, it was the first Stanley Cup Finals to be played in the month of September.

Paths to the Finals

Return to play

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and later that day, the National Basketball Association suspended all games after players tested positive for the disease. One day later, the NHL announced that the 2019–20 season had been paused indefinitely.[2] On May 22, the league and the NHLPA agreed on a basic framework to stage a 24-team playoff tournament behind closed doors, conducted in two neutral "hub" cities to help protect teams from the virus. The seeds would be based on each club's points percentage when the season paused on March 12, effectively scrapping the remainder of the regular season. Under the early rounds of the 24-team format, the top four teams in each conference played each other in a separate Seeding Round Robin to determine the seeding in the First Round. The eight lower seeded teams in each conference played in the Qualifying Round, a best-of-five series to advance to the next round. The First Round through to the Finals remained as best-of-seven series.[3] On July 10, along with the ratification of an extension to the collective bargaining agreement, the NHL and the NHLPA formally agreed to begin the playoffs on August 1 (concluding no later than early October), with games being hosted by Edmonton (Western Conference early rounds, Conference Finals, and Stanley Cup Finals) and Toronto (Eastern Conference early rounds and Conference Finals).[4][5] U.S. cities were also considered, but were passed over after several U.S. states experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases in late June.[6][7]

Dallas Stars

This was the franchise's fifth appearance in the Finals. They won the Stanley Cup in 1999 before losing the Finals in 2000. They also made two appearances as the Minnesota North Stars in 1981 and 1991.

During the offseason, Dallas signed forwards Corey Perry and Joe Pavelski as well as defenceman Andrej Sekera in free agency.[8][9][10] The team also re-signed defenceman Taylor Fedun and forward Jason Dickinson. The team made no trades during the regular season.

On December 10, 2019, head coach Jim Montgomery was dismissed due to "unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs" of both the team and the league, and was replaced by Rick Bowness.[11] Before joining the Stars organization, Bowness had served as associate coach with the Lightning from 2013 to 2018.[12]

When the regular season was suspended on March 12, 2020, the Stars had a 37–24–8 record and a .594 points percentage to finish third in the Central Division and fourth in the Western Conference. After play resumed in the hubs, Dallas placed third in the Round Robin.[13] The Stars then defeated the Calgary Flames in six games in the First Round,[14] the Colorado Avalanche in seven games in the Second Round,[15] and the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in the Western Conference Finals.[16]

Tampa Bay Lightning

This was the Tampa Bay Lightning's third appearance in the Finals. They won the Stanley Cup in 2004 before losing the Finals in 2015.

During the offseason, Tampa Bay signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney, defencemen Luke Schenn, Luke Witkowski, and Kevin Shattenkirk, and forward Patrick Maroon during free agency. Tampa Bay also re-signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and forwards Cedric Paquette and Brayden Point. During the regular season, the Lightning traded for forwards Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow.[17][18] They also signed Zach Bogosian whose contract had been terminated by the Buffalo Sabres during the season. During Phase 2 of the Return to Play Plan, captain Steven Stamkos injured himself while skating, missing all three prior rounds of the playoffs for the Lightning including the Round Robin.

When the regular season was suspended on March 12, the Lightning had a 42–21–6 record and a .657 points percentage to finish second in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. After play resumed in the hubs, Tampa Bay placed second in the Round Robin.[19] The Lightning then defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the First Round and the Boston Bruins in the Second Round in five games respectively.[20][21] The Lightning then eliminated the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games.[22]

Game summaries

Note: The numbers in parenthesis represent each player's total goals or assists to that point of the entire playoffs.

Game one

September 19 Dallas Stars 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning Rogers Place Recap

In the first period of game one, neither team produced many shots, yet each scored a goal. The first goal came from Stars defenceman Joel Hanley who took an open pass from Roope Hintz. Tampa Bay equalized the score on left winger Yanni Gourde's skate deflection. In the second period, both teams produced more shots, however, Dallas was up by two at the end of the period. Jamie Oleksiak fired a wrist shot which rebounded back to him which he then shot it over Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to make it 2–1. The Stars' third goal started in their own end with Esa Lindell passing to Joel Kiviranta. Kiviranta then skated through centre, firing a shot that was blocked, but picked up the rebound to put it past Vasilevskiy for a 3–1 lead. In the third period, the Stars played more defensively, putting up only two shots compared to the Lightning who fired twenty-two shots at Anton Khudobin. The Stars held their ground for the remaining 20 minutes, and Jason Dickinson's empty-net goal sealed a 4–1 victory for Dallas.[23]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st DAL Joel Hanley (1) Roope Hintz (10) 05:40 1–0 DAL
TBL Yanni Gourde (6) Blake Coleman (7), Barclay Goodrow (5) 12:32 1–1
2nd DAL Jamie Oleksiak (5) Alexander Radulov (7), Miro Heiskanen (18) 12:30 2–1 DAL
DAL Joel Kiviranta (5) Esa Lindell (6), John Klingberg (14) 19:32 3–1 DAL
3rd DAL Jason Dickinson (1) – en Blake Comeau (5), Mattias Janmark (6) 18:42 4–1 DAL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st TBL Patrick Maroon Roughing 08:08 2:00
DAL Jamie Oleksiak Roughing 08:08 2:00
2nd TBL Blake Coleman Slashing 01:09 2:00
TBL Blake Coleman Hooking 06:54 2:00
TBL Patrick Maroon Misconduct 20:00 10:00
3rd DAL John Klingberg Hooking 04:52 2:00
DAL Blake Comeau Delay of game (puck over glass) 09:08 2:00
DAL Tyler Seguin Tripping 12:56 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
DAL 5 13 2 20
TBL 4 10 22 36

Game two

September 21 Dallas Stars 2–3 Tampa Bay Lightning Rogers Place Recap

In game two, the Lightning struck three times in the first period. Twice on the power-play, Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov set up both goal-scorers. The first came from a tic-tac-toe pass to Brayden Point firing it past Stars goalie Anton Khudobin. The second goal was another set-up pass; this time Kucherov fed it through the middle where Ondrej Palat made it 2–0. The Lightning made it 3–0 when the Stars fumbled the puck in their own zone and Anthony Cirelli gave it to Kevin Shattenkirk, whose shot at the blue line deflected off of Esa Lindell and past Khudobin. In the second period, the Stars shot eighteen times at Andrei Vasilevskiy and caught a break on the power-play. During Palat's slashing penalty, John Klingberg's shot deflected off of fellow Stars forward Joe Pavelski to cut the score to 3–1. Later in the period, a hit on Stars player Blake Comeau caused a skirmish to erupt, with Dallas players Corey Perry and Klingberg against Cedric Paquette and Hedman respectively. All players received simultaneous roughing penalties. In the third period, the Stars made it 3–2 when Mattias Janmark's shot snuck past Vasilevskiy. The Lightning kept their offense going in the final 20 minutes, pouring twelve shots on Khudobin, holding off the Stars, and ending the game 3–2 to tie the series 1–1.[24]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Brayden Point (10) – pp Nikita Kucherov (21), Victor Hedman (7) 11:23 1–0 TBL
TBL Ondrej Palat (9) – pp Nikita Kucherov (22), Victor Hedman (8) 14:22 2–0 TBL
TBL Kevin Shattenkirk (2) Blake Coleman (8), Anthony Cirelli (4) 15:16 3–0 TBL
2nd DAL Joe Pavelski (10) – pp John Klingberg (15), Alexander Radulov (8) 14:43 3–1 TBL
3rd DAL Mattias Janmark (1) John Klingberg (16), Alexander Radulov (9) 05:27 3–2 TBL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st DAL Mattias Janmark High-sticking 03:20 2:00
DAL Joe Pavelski Tripping 10:58 2:00
DAL Jamie Oleksiak Holding 13:11 2:00
TBL Ondrej Palat Interference 18:59 2:00
2nd DAL Blake Comeau Interference 02:02 2:00
TBL Nikita Kucherov Tripping 03:47 2:00
TBL Yanni Gourde Cross checking 06:26 2:00
TBL Ondrej Palat Slashing 14:38 2:00
DAL Corey Perry Roughing 16:58 2:00
TBL Patrick Maroon Goaltender interference 16:58 2:00
TBL Victor Hedman Roughing 16:58 2:00
TBL Cedric Paquette Roughing 16:58 2:00
DAL John Klingberg Roughing 16:58 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
DAL 6 18 5 29
TBL 14 5 12 31

Game three

September 23 Tampa Bay Lightning 5–2 Dallas Stars Rogers Place Recap

In game three, Dallas put the heat on Andrei Vasilevskiy in the first period. However, among their sixteen shots, only one goal was successfully scored compared to the Lightning's two. Tampa Bay's first came from a misplay by Miro Heiskanen giving Nikita Kucherov a breakaway, sniping the puck past Anton Khudobin. Their second goal came from their captain Steven Stamkos returning from injury for his first game since being injured on February 25. After a rush by the Stars was stopped in the offensive zone, Victor Hedman passed the puck to Stamkos, who was racing on the right side, upon which he fired his shot over Khudobin's blocker to make it 2–0. The Stars' lone goal of the period came short-handed when a shot by Roope Hintz was stopped by Vasilevskiy. The rebound of that save went back to Hintz in the left corner who then passed to an open Jason Dickinson, whose shot got through Vasilevskiy to make it 2–1. The Lightning had a more dominant approach in the second period, putting off 21 shots and scoring three times. The first goal came following Alexander Radulov's hooking penalty which carried over from the first period. After a puck battle behind the net, Anthony Cirelli, who was falling down on the play, passed to Hedman who shot the puck under Khudobin's stick into the net. Tampa Bay's fourth goal arrived when the Stars began a line change and a 3-on-1 developed with Kucherov leading the rush and Brayden Point scoring the goal. The Lightning continued their offensive zone coverage towards the end of the period and in the final minute-and-a-half, Point fired a shot that rebounded to Ondrej Palat, who put it into the net for a 5–1 lead. Dallas then pulled Khudobin before the third period, replacing him with rookie Jake Oettinger. The Stars, showing some frustration, began roughing the Lighting on three separate occasions: the first with Mattias Janmark and Palat; then both Jamie Benn and Jan Rutta, who had a skirmish after the play, both earning misconducts as a result; and an errant cross-check at 18:05 by Joe Pavelski on Cedric Paquette, which caused a ruckus with both teams. Heiskanen's goal gave the Stars some life in the third period, but Tampa Bay's defense kept the Stars at bay, winning the game 5–2 and taking a 2–1 series lead.[25]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Nikita Kucherov (7) Unassisted 05:33 1–0 TBL
TBL Steven Stamkos (1) Victor Hedman (9), Jan Rutta (1) 06:58 2–0 TBL
DAL Jason Dickinson (2) – sh Roope Hintz (11) 11:19 2–1 TBL
2nd TBL Victor Hedman (10) – pp Anthony Cirelli (5), Ondrej Palat (6) 00:54 3–1 TBL
TBL Brayden Point (11) Nikita Kucherov (23), Victor Hedman (10) 12:02 4–1 TBL
TBL Ondrej Palat (10) Brayden Point (17), Kevin Shattenkirk (9) 18:55 5–1 TBL
3rd DAL Miro Heiskanen (6) Joe Pavelski (6), Andrew Cogliano (2) 06:49 5–2 TBL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st TBL Erik Cernak Tripping 08:13 2:00
DAL Joel Kiviranta Interference 09:34 2:00
DAL Alexander Radulov Hooking 19:37 2:00
2nd DAL Alexander Radulov Hooking 04:31 2:00
TBL Yanni Gourde Interference 12:43 2:00
3rd TBL Ondrej Palat Roughing 02:58 2:00
DAL Mattias Janmark Roughing 02:58 2:00
DAL Jamie Benn Roughing 03:38 2:00
TBL Jan Rutta Roughing 03:38 2:00
DAL Jamie Benn Misconduct 03:38 10:00
TBL Jan Rutta Misconduct 03:38 10:00
TBL Kevin Shattenkirk Slashing 09:30 2:00
TBL Mikhail Sergachev Tripping 12:41 2:00
DAL Joe Pavelski Roughing 18:05 2:00
DAL Joe Pavelski Cross checking 18:05 2:00
TBL Cedric Paquette Roughing 18:05 2:00
TBL Barclay Goodrow Roughing 18:05 2:00
TBL Patrick Maroon Misconduct 18:05 10:00
DAL Jason Dickinson Roughing 18:05 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
TBL 8 21 3 32
DAL 16 4 4 24

Game four

September 25 Tampa Bay Lightning 5–4 OT Dallas Stars Rogers Place Recap

The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a 2–0 deficit in game four. In the first period, John Klingberg gave the Stars their first goal of the game subsequently on their first shot. The Stars gained a 2–0 lead when Jamie Benn set up Joe Pavelski, whose wrist shot got under Andrei Vasilevskiy. Tampa Bay got on the board with 33 seconds remaining in the period. The play began when defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk, from behind the Lightning net, gave an outstretched pass to Ondrej Palat, who then passed across to the right boards to find a solitary Brayden Point. He manuevered around Anton Khudobin, going to his backhand to score. Point then tied the game early in the second period, on the power-play. During the Stars' penalty, Alex Killorn made a pass to the front, but the puck deflected off of Andrej Sekera's skate into the air, which Point then batted it into the net. The Stars soon regained the lead when Tyler Seguin's pass around Vasilevskiy got picked up by Corey Perry who, although tied up by Cedric Paquette, allowed the puck to trickle in off his stick. The Lightning tied the game up again when Andrew Cogliano got caught for hooking and on the ensuing Tampa Bay power-play, Mikhail Sergachev set up Nikita Kucherov for a one-timer, but the puck deflected off of Esa Lindell to Yanni Gourde who shot it past Khudobin. In the third period, Killorn put the Lightning up 4–3 when he went out around the net and shot at the top corner behind Khudobin. Pavelski tied the game 4–4 after picking up the rebound of Seguin's shot and then launching the puck at Vasilevskiy which deflected off of Shattenkirk into the net. Into overtime, Benn pushed down Tyler Johnson; controversially, he was called for tripping. While on the ensuing power-play, Patrick Maroon won an offensive zone face-off, sending it back to Victor Hedman. Hedman then passed it to Shattenkirk, whose shot at a sharp angle went over Khudobin's right pad for the game-winning goal and a 3–1 series lead.[26]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st DAL John Klingberg (4) Esa Lindell (7) 07:17 1–0 DAL
DAL Joe Pavelski (11) Jamie Benn (11), Alexander Radulov (10) 18:28 2–0 DAL
TBL Brayden Point (12) Ondrej Palat (7), Kevin Shattenkirk (10) 19:27 2–1 DAL
2nd TBL Brayden Point (13) – pp Alex Killorn (5), Nikita Kucherov (24) 02:08 2–2
DAL Corey Perry (3) Tyler Seguin (7), Mattias Janmark (7) 08:26 3–2 DAL
TBL Yanni Gourde (7) – pp Nikita Kucherov (25), Mikhail Sergachev (6) 18:54 3–3
3rd TBL Alex Killorn (5) Mikhail Sergachev (7), Anthony Cirelli (6) 06:41 4–3 TBL
DAL Joe Pavelski (12) Tyler Seguin (8), Miro Heiskanen (19) 11:35 4–4
OT TBL Kevin Shattenkirk (3) – pp Victor Hedman (11), Patrick Maroon (4) 06:34 5–4 TBL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st DAL Jamie Oleksiak Hooking 13:52 2:00
2nd DAL Jamie Oleksiak Tripping 01:38 2:00
TBL Erik Cernak Holding 11:10 2:00
DAL Andrew Cogliano Hooking 17:34 2:00
3rd TBL Patrick Maroon Holding 09:16 2:00
DAL Corey Perry Interference 19:31 2:00
TBL Brayden Point Embellishment 19:31 2:00
OT TBL Mikhail Sergachev Holding 00:37 2:00
DAL Jamie Benn Tripping 05:10 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
TBL 8 15 8 4 35
DAL 3 14 11 2 30

Game five

September 26 Dallas Stars 3–2 2OT Tampa Bay Lightning Rogers Place Recap

Corey Perry opened the scoring in the first period of game five. Jamie Oleksiak passed to Tyler Seguin, who then dropped it for Perry to score the initial goal for Dallas. In the second period, the Lightning struck back when Nikita Kucherov passed to Ondrej Palat and he skated past the Dallas defencemen and goaltender Anton Khudobin with a backhand to tie the game 1–1. The Lightning kept putting the pressure on the Stars for the remainder of the second period, firing away 13 shots. In the third period, Mikhail Sergachev's blast from the point gave the Lightning a 2–1 lead. The Stars tied the game 2–2 when Miro Heiskanen's shot from the point rebounded to Joe Pavelski, who put it past Andrei Vasilevskiy to break the record held by Joe Mullen for most career playoff goals scored by a US-born player. The two teams remained tied after the fact heading into overtime. In the first overtime, Dallas put up two shots compared to Tampa Bay's seven, but no goals were scored and the game continued on to double overtime. At 9:23 of the second overtime, Perry picked up a rebound from Seguin's shot and slid the puck past Vasilevskiy to give the Stars the game 3–2, forcing a sixth game.[27]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st DAL Corey Perry (4) Tyler Seguin (9), Jamie Oleksiak (4) 17:52 1–0 DAL
2nd TBL Ondrej Palat (11) Nikita Kucherov (26), Brayden Point (18) 04:37 1–1
3rd TBL Mikhail Sergachev (3) Brayden Point (19) 03:38 2–1 TBL
DAL Joe Pavelski (13) Miro Heiskanen (20), Tyler Seguin (10) 13:15 2–2
OT None
2OT DAL Corey Perry (5) John Klingberg (17), Tyler Seguin (11) 09:23 3–2 DAL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st DAL Tyler Seguin High-sticking 04:19 2:00
2nd TBL Carter Verhaeghe Slashing 12:33 2:00
3rd TBL Erik Cernak High-sticking 11:06 2:00
OT None
2OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT 2OT Total
DAL 8 6 13 2 4 33
TBL 10 13 7 7 4 41

Game six

September 28 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–0 Dallas Stars Rogers Place Recap

In game six, the Lightning took a 1–0 lead in the first period. After John Klingberg was penalized for tripping, Brayden Point fired a wrist shot that flew past Anton Khudobin. Tampa Bay gained a 2–0 lead in the second period when a Stars turnover to Patrick Maroon got to Cedric Paquette, who set up Blake Coleman for a one-timer. The Stars remained scoreless for the rest of the game, but they had a close chance in the second period when Joel Kiviranta's shot was stopped by Andrei Vasilevskiy with his skate. Vasilevskiy continued his shutout in the third period, stopping all 22 shots by Dallas. With a 2–0 victory, the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second Stanley Cup. Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman was given the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.[28]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Brayden Point (14) – pp Nikita Kucherov (27), Victor Hedman (12) 12:23 1–0 TBL
2nd TBL Blake Coleman (5) Cedric Paquette (3), Patrick Maroon (5) 07:01 2–0 TBL
3rd None
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st DAL Andrew Cogliano Tripping 06:32 2:00
DAL John Klingberg Tripping 11:58 2:00
TBL Victor Hedman Interference 18:36 2:00
2nd TBL Ryan McDonagh Interference 08:02 2:00
DAL Corey Perry Goaltender interference 08:22 2:00
3rd TBL Ryan McDonagh Tripping 15:27 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
TBL 11 10 8 29
DAL 4 4 14 22

Team rosters

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Dallas Stars

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
14 Flag of Canada Benn, JamieJamie Benn
LW L 31 2007 Victoria, British Columbia first
30 Flag of the United States Bishop, BenBen Bishop G L 33 2017 Denver, Colorado second (2015)
17 Flag of Canada Caamano, NickNick Caamano RW L 22 2016 Ancaster, Ontario first
11 Flag of Canada Cogliano, AndrewAndrew Cogliano LW L 33 2019 Toronto, Ontario first
15 Flag of Canada Comeau, BlakeBlake Comeau
W R 34 2018 Vancouver, British Columbia first
18 Flag of Canada Dickinson, JasonJason Dickinson C/LW L 25 2013 Georgetown, Ontario first
37 Flag of Canada Dowling, JustinJustin Dowling C L 29 2013 Calgary, Alberta first
12 Flag of the Czech Republic Faksa, RadekRadek Faksa C L 26 2012 Vítkov, Czech Republic first
42 Flag of Canada Fedun, TaylorTaylor Fedun D R 32 2018 Edmonton, Alberta first
34 Flag of Russia Gurianov, DenisDenis Gurianov LW L 23 2015 Togliatti, Russia first
39 Flag of Canada Hanley, JoelJoel Hanley D L 29 2018 Keswick, Ontario first
4 Flag of Finland Heiskanen, MiroMiro Heiskanen D L 21 2017 Espoo, Finland first
24 Flag of Finland Hintz, RoopeRoope Hintz C/LW L 23 2015 Tampere, Finland first
13 Flag of Sweden Janmark, MattiasMattias Janmark LW L 27 2015 Danderyd, Sweden first
28 Flag of the United States Johns, StephenStephen Johns D R 28 2015 Ellwood City, Pennsylvania first
35 Flag of Russia Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin G L 34 2018 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union second (2013)
25 Flag of Finland Kiviranta, JoelJoel Kiviranta LW L 24 2019 Vantaa, Finland first
3 Flag of Sweden Klingberg, JohnJohn Klingberg
D R 28 2010 Lerum, Sweden first
23 Flag of Finland Lindell, EsaEsa Lindell
D L 26 2012 Helsinki, Finland first
29 Flag of the United States Oettinger, JakeJake Oettinger G L 21 2017 Lakeville, Minnesota first
2 Flag of Canada Oleksiak, JamieJamie Oleksiak D L 27 2019 Toronto, Ontario first
16 Flag of the United States Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski RW/C R 36 2019 Plover, Wisconsin second (2016)
10 Flag of Canada Perry, CoreyCorey Perry RW R 35 2019 Haileybury, Ontario second (2007)
47 Flag of Russia Radulov, AlexanderAlexander Radulov RW L 34 2017 Nizhny Tagil, Soviet Union first
91 Flag of Canada Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin
C R 28 2013 Brampton, Ontario third (2011, 2013)
5 Flag of Slovakia Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera D L 34 2019 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia first

Tampa Bay Lightning

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
24 Flag of the United States Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian D R 30 2020 Massena, New York first
81 Flag of Slovakia Cernak, ErikErik Cernak D R 23 2017 Košice, Slovakia first
71 Flag of Canada Cirelli, AnthonyAnthony Cirelli C L 23 2015 Woodbridge, Ontario first
55 Flag of Canada Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn D L 35 2015 Calgary, Alberta third (2010, 2015)
20 Flag of the United States Coleman, BlakeBlake Coleman C L 25 2020 Plano, Texas first
19 Flag of Canada Goodrow, BarclayBarclay Goodrow RW L 27 2020 Toronto, Ontario first
37 Flag of Canada Gourde, YanniYanni Gourde LW L 28 2014 Saint-Narcisse, Quebec first
77 Flag of Sweden Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman
D L 29 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden second (2015)
9 Flag of the United States Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson C R 30 2011 Spokane, Washington second (2015)
17 Flag of Canada Killorn, AlexAlex Killorn C L 31 2007 Halifax, Nova Scotia second (2015)
86 Flag of Russia Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov RW L 27 2011 Maykop, Russia second (2015)
14 Flag of the United States Maroon, PatrickPatrick Maroon LW L 32 2019 St. Louis, Missouri second (2019)
27 Flag of the United States McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh
D L 31 2018 Saint Paul, Minnesota second (2014)
35 Flag of Canada McElhinney, CurtisCurtis McElhinney G L 37 2019 London, Ontario first
18 Flag of the Czech Republic Palat, OndrejOndrej Palat LW L 29 2011 Frýdek-Místek, Czechoslovakia second (2015)
13 Flag of Canada Paquette, CedricCedric Paquette C L 27 2012 Gaspé, Quebec second (2015)
21 Flag of Canada Point, BraydenBrayden Point C R 24 2014 Calgary, Alberta first
44 Flag of the Czech Republic Rutta, JanJan Rutta D R 30 2019 Písek, Czechoslovakia first
2 Flag of Canada Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn D L 30 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan first
98 Flag of Russia Sergachev, MikhailMikhail Sergachev D L 22 2017 Nizhmekamsk, Russia first
22 Flag of the United States Shattenkirk, KevinKevin Shattenkirk D R 31 2019 New Rochelle, New York first
91 Flag of Canada Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos
C R 30 2008 Markham, Ontario second (2015)
67 Flag of Canada Stephens, MitchellMitchell Stephens C R 23 2015 Peterborough, Ontario first
88 Flag of Russia Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy G L 26 2012 Tyumen, Russia second (2015)
23 Flag of Canada Verhaeghe, CarterCarter Verhaeghe LW L 25 2017 Waterdown, Ontario first
92 Flag of Russia Volkov, AlexanderAlexander Volkov LW L 23 2017 Moscow, Russia first

Stanley Cup engraving

The Stanley Cup was presented to Lightning captain Steven Stamkos by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The following players and staff qualified to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup:



^ - Also played Wing

  • Julien BriseBois (Vice President & General Manager, Alternate Governor), Stacy Roest (Assistant GM, Director of Player Development), Al Murray (Assistant GM, Director of Amateur Scouting), Jamie Pushor (Assistant GM, Director of Player Personnel), Mathieu Darche (Director of Hockey Operations), J. P. Cote (Director of Player Development)
  • Jon Cooper (Head Coach), Todd Richards (Assistant Coach), Jeff Halpern (Assistant Coach), Derek Lalonde (Assistant Coach), Frantz Jean (Goaltending Coach), Nigel Kirwan (Video Coach), Brian Garlock (Video Coordinator), Mark Lambert (Director of High Performance and Strength Coach)

Player notes

These players were on the extended roster during the playoffs, having played regular season games for Tampa Bay.

Television and radio

In Canada, the series was broadcast by Sportsnet and CBC Television in English, and TVA Sports in French. In the U.S., the Finals was split between NBC (Games 1, and 4 through 7) and NBCSN (Games 2 and 3). The NHL initially had plans to produce broadcasts for each game using a skeleton crew on-site, such as cameramen and producers, and then each media partners' commentators, both on TV and radio, called the games remotely.[29] The league then allowed both Sportsnet and NBC commentators into the hubs.[30] As he had been doing throughout the playoffs, 74-year-old NBC lead play-by-play commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick called the Cup Finals off of monitors from his home studio in Metro Detroit, citing his advanced age as a potential risk for severe illness from COVID-19.[31] Both the Stars and Lightning radio commentators on their respectively flagship stations KTCK and WFLA broadcast remotely.

The fourth and fifth game of this series were played on consecutive nights to avoid a schedule conflict with NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage.


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