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2021 Stanley Cup Finals
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Montreal Canadiens 1133*01
Tampa Bay Lightning  5 3 62* 1 4
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location:Montreal: Bell Centre (3, 4)
Tampa: Amalie Arena (1, 2, 5)
Format:Best-of-seven
Coaches:Montreal: Dominique Ducharme (interim)
Tampa Bay: Jon Cooper
Captains:Montreal: Shea Weber
Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos
Referees:Francis Charron (1, 3)
Gord Dwyer (3, 5)
Eric Furlatt (2, 4)
Dan O'Rourke (1, 5)
Kelly Sutherland (2, 4)
Dates:June 28 – July 7
MVP:Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)
Series-winning
goal:
Ross Colton (13:27, Second, G5)
Networks:Canada (English): CBC/Sportsnet
Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States (English): NBC/NBCSN
Announcers:(CBC/SN) Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson[1]
(TVA) Felix Seguin and Patrick Lalime
(NBC/NBCSN) Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk (1, 3-5), Brian Boucher (1-2, 4-5), and Pierre McGuire (2, 3, and 5)[2][3]
 < 2020Stanley Cup Finals 

The 2021 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2020–21 season and the culmination of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. The series was between the Montreal Canadiens and the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning won the best-of-seven series, four games to one, for their second consecutive and third overall championship in franchise history. Tampa Bay had home-ice advantage in the series with the better regular season record. The series began on June 28, and concluded on July 7, marking the first time that games in the Stanley Cup Finals was held in July. This was also the first Finals since 2009 to be played entirely in the Eastern Time Zone.

Due to cross-border travel restrictions under the COVID-19 pandemic, the league temporarily realigned this season into four divisions with no conferences. Consequently, a divisional-based playoff format was held, featuring intradivisional matchups in the first two rounds. The four divisional playoff champions were then re-seeded by regular season points in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, with the winners of the Semifinals advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.[4]

Paths to the Finals[]

Impact by COVID-19[]

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the league for the second straight year, with the Government of Canada maintaining its cross-border travel restrictions. Consequently, the league temporarily realigned for this season into four regional divisions with no conferences, putting all seven Canadian teams into one of those divisions. Each team played 56 regular season games, all intra-divisional matchups. The league returned to the traditional 16-team playoff format, with the first two rounds of the playoffs also featuring intra-divisional matchups. This format delayed any possibility of cross-border travel until the third round.[5] The league explored the possibility of having the Canadian team that advanced to the third round hold their home games in a neutral NHL city in the U.S., but were granted a cross-border travel exemption approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada.[6][7]

Due to local COVID-19 health protocols during the regular season, all 24 American teams hosted a limited amount of in-person spectators while all seven Canadian teams played behind closed doors. During the first three rounds of the playoffs, a number of U.S. teams further increased their capacity, and three of the Canadian playoff teams admitted spectators for the first time, although only the Canadiens offered tickets to the general public.[8][9] By the time the Finals started, Florida health officials allowed the Lightning to admit 15,000 fans (70 percent of full capacity) at Amalie Arena,[10] but the Canadiens were only limited to 3,500 fans at the Bell Centre after Quebec health officials denied the team's request to increase it to 10,500 (50 percent of capacity).[11]

Montreal Canadiens[]

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This was the thirty-fifth Stanley Cup Finals appearance for this team. They have won the Stanley Cup a record twenty-four times (the second most championships in major North American sports behind the New York Yankees' twenty-seven World Series victories). They are the most recent Canadian-based team to win the Stanley Cup, doing so in 1993 (their most recent Finals appearance) against the Los Angeles Kings, winning in five games.[12] They were also the first Canadian-based team since the 2011 Vancouver Canucks to reach the Finals.[13]

During the offseason, the Canadiens traded left wing Max Domi and a third-round pick for right wing Josh Anderson.[14] They also picked up forwards Tyler Toffoli, Michael Frolik, and Corey Perry in free agency.[15][16][17] The team also re-signed goaltender Jake Allen and forward Brendan Gallagher.[18][19] During the season, Hobey Baker Award winner and rookie Cole Caufield made his debut with the Canadiens.[20] The team traded for forward Eric Staal as well as defencemen Jon Merrill and Erik Gustafsson.[21][22][23]

On February 24, 2021, head coach Claude Julien was fired after coaching the team through parts of five seasons during his second stint as head coach of the Canadiens, which had registered a 9–5–4 record to start the season. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme was named interim head coach.[24]

The team finished with a record of 24–21–11 to finish fourth in the North Division. In the playoffs, the Canadiens came back from a 3–1 deficit in their series with their rival Toronto Maple Leafs to win in seven games.[25] They then dispatched the Winnipeg Jets in a four-game sweep in the second round before defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Semifinals in six games.[26][27]

Tampa Bay Lightning[]

This was Tampa Bay's second consecutive Finals appearance and fourth overall. They won the previous year's Finals against the Dallas Stars in six games.[28]

Tampa Bay made very few transactions to gain players in the offseason. Instead, they traded away players or let players go via free agency to make cap space while re-signing Patrick Maroon, Luke Schenn, and Mikhail Sergachev.[29][30][31] During the season, however, Tampa Bay traded for defenceman David Savard.[32]

Tampa Bay finished with a 36–17–3 record to finish third in the Central Division. In the playoffs, the Lightning defeated their interstate rival, the Florida Panthers, in six games in the first round.[33] Forward Nikita Kucherov, who had hip surgery prior to the regular season and was on long-term injured reserve, returned for the playoffs, subsequently helping out Tampa Bay with an otherwise cap-tight situation.[34][35] The Lightning then triumphed over the Carolina Hurricanes in five games and in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, in a rematch of the previous year's Eastern Conference Final, they defeated the New York Islanders in seven games.[36]

Game summaries[]

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

Game one[]

June 28 Montreal Canadiens 1–5 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and three points in Game 1.

The Lightning took the lead early in the first period. With Tampa Bay forward Erik Cernak joining the rush with Ondrej Palat, Palat passed to an open Cernak who fired a wrist shot past Carey Price resulting in a 1–0 lead for Tampa Bay. In the second period, the Lightning grabbed a 2–0 lead when Blake Coleman's shot through traffic deflected off of Yanni Gourde and into the net. The Canadiens then halved the Lightning's lead as their offensive-zone coverage swept Tampa Bay's end setting up Ben Chiarot for a one-timer and Montreal's first goal of the game. The Lightning regained their two-goal lead in the third period when Nikita Kucherov's shot across the net got swatted by Chiarot and into his own net. After Brayden Point won a faceoff, the puck was picked up by Kucherov who fired a wrist shot past Price to gain a 4–1 lead. Towards the end of the third period and with frustrations boiling over for Montreal, Joel Edmundson took a roughing penalty with 2:40 left in the period. On the ensuing power-play, Kucherov passed to captain Steven Stamkos whose shot got past Price for a 5–1 lead, sealing the victory for the Lightning. The goal ended Montreal's penalty-killing streak at 32.[37]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Erik Cernak (1) Ondrej Palat (7), Brayden Point (7) 06:19 1–0 TBL
2nd TBL Yanni Gourde (6) Blake Coleman (7), Barclay Goodrow (2) 05:47 2–0 TBL
MTL Ben Chiarot (3) Jesperi Kotkaniemi (3), Shea Weber (4) 17:40 2–1 TBL
3rd TBL Nikita Kucherov (6) Mikhail Sergachev (3) 02:00 3–1 TBL
TBL Nikita Kucherov (7) Brayden Point (8) 11:25 4–1 TBL
TBL Steven Stamkos (8) – pp Nikita Kucherov (23), Brayden Point (9) 18:50 5–1 TBL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st TBL Barclay Goodrow Cross checking 15:21 2:00
MTL Ben Chiarot Roughing 19:14 2:00
2nd None
3rd TBL Erik Cernak Roughing 06:30 2:00
MTL Eric Staal Roughing 06:30 2:00
TBL Blake Coleman Roughing 13:42 2:00
MTL Jesperi Kotkaniemi High-sticking 15:51 2:00
MTL Joel Edmundson Roughing 17:20 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
MTL 5 9 5 19
TBL 7 12 8 27

Game two[]

June 30 Montreal Canadiens 1–3 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap

In game two, the Canadiens poured off more shots than in game one. The first period saw Montreal make thirteen shots compared to Tampa Bay's six. However, neither team was able to score in the opening frame. In the second period, Montreal had more than double the shots of Tampa Bay, yet the Lightning ended up with two goals in contrast to the Canadiens' one. The first Lightning goal came from Anthony Cirelli, whose point shot pinballed in off of Carey Price's blocker and into the net. After Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev commmitted an interference penalty on Artturi Lehkonen, Montreal tied the score on a power-play when Nick Suzuki floated a backhand shot through traffic and under Andrei Vasilevskiy's pads. With 1.1 seconds left in the second period, Tampa Bay forward Barclay Goodrow got past Ben Chiarot forcing a two-on-one with Blake Coleman. Goodrow passed it to Coleman who shot it past Price for the buzzer-beater. In the third period, Montreal continued to pressure the Lightning and Vasilevskiy, however, after a dump-in by Tampa Bay ended up in the Canadiens' zone, an errant pass off the boards by Joel Edmundson gave the puck away to Ondrej Palat, scoring the goal that made it 3–1. At the end of the game, both Corey Perry and Cirelli each received misconducts after an altercation.[38]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd TBL Anthony Cirelli (5) Tyler Johnson (2), Jan Rutta (1) 06:40 1–0 TBL
MTL Nick Suzuki (6) – pp Unassisted 10:36 1–1
TBL Blake Coleman (2) Barclay Goodrow (3), Ryan McDonagh (6) 19:58 2–1 TBL
3rd TBL Ondrej Palat (5) Unassisted 15:42 3–1 TBL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MTL Jeff Petry Tripping 05:29 2:00
MTL Paul Byron Slashing 09:57 2:00
MTL Paul Byron Slashing 17:27 2:00
TBL Erik Cernak Cross checking 17:27 2:00
TBL Ryan McDonagh High-sticking 17:32 4:00
2nd TBL Mikhail Sergachev Interference 10:03 2:00
MTL Joel Armia High-sticking 16:38 2:00
3rd TBL Anthony Cirelli Cross checking 20:00 2:00
TBL Anthony Cirelli Misconduct 20:00 10:00
MTL Corey Perry Roughing 20:00 2:00
MTL Corey Perry Misconduct 20:00 10:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
MTL 13 16 14 43
TBL 6 7 10 23

Game three[]

July 2 Tampa Bay Lightning 6–3 Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap

Tyler Johnson scored two goals, including the game-winning goal, in Game 3.

In the first four minutes of the first period, the Lightning grabbed a 2–0 lead. The first goal came from a point shot through traffic by Jan Rutta. After Eric Staal shot the puck over the glass causing a power-play for Tampa Bay, Victor Hedman scored the second goal when his point shot bounced off of Carey Price and into the net. The Canadiens were able to score a goal within their seventeen shots as a two-on-one with captain Shea Weber and Phillip Danault allowed the latter's wrist shot to rip off both posts and past Andrei Vasilevskiy. In the second period, the Lightning followed the same momentum from the first period with another two goals in the first four minutes. When an errant change by Montreal created an opening for Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov, Kucherov fired the puck past Price. At 3:33, the Lightning began another two-on-one rush during which Mathieu Joseph's shot rebounded to Tyler Johnson who scored to give Tampa Bay a 4–1 lead. However, just like the first period, Montreal scored which brought their deficit to two. Nick Suzuki, who drove down the right side of Tampa Bay's defensive zone, shot the puck under Vasilevskiy's pads. In the third period, the Lightning mainly held a defensive strategy. In the final five minutes, the Lightning gained a three-goal lead again when defenceman Erik Gustafsson gave the puck away to Johnson and he scored his second goal of the game. The Canadiens quickly rebounded after pulling their goalie and Corey Perry scored top-shelf over Vasilevskiy. However, with the empty net, the Lightning took advantage as Blake Coleman backhanded the puck into the net and the game ended 6–3.[39]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Jan Rutta (2) Ondrej Palat (7), Victor Hedman (16) 01:52 1–0 TBL
TBL Victor Hedman (2) – pp Nikita Kucherov (24), Anthony Cirelli (7) 03:27 2–0 TBL
MTL Phillip Danault (1) Shea Weber (24) 11:16 2–1 TBL
2nd TBL Nikita Kucherov (8) Ondrej Palat (8), Erik Cernak (9) 01:40 3–1 TBL
TBL Tyler Johnson (3) Mathieu Joseph (1), David Savard (4) 03:33 4–1 TBL
MTL Nick Suzuki (3) Jeff Petry (6), Cole Caufield (6) 18:04 4–2 TBL
3rd TBL Tyler Johnson (7) Unassisted 15:19 5–2 TBL
MTL Corey Perry (4) Brendan Gallagher (4), Ben Chiarot (1) 15:58 5–3 TBL
TBL Blake Coleman (7) – en Barclay Goodrow (4) 16:48 6–3 TBL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MTL Eric Staal Delay of game (puck over glass) 02:54 2:00
TBL Mikhail Sergachev Interference 17:29 2:00
2nd None
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
TBL 12 9 9 30
MTL 17 8 10 35

Game four[]

July 5 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–3 OT Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap

Josh Anderson (pictured with Lake Erie) scored twice in Game 4, including the overtime-winning goal.

In the first period, the Canadiens scored first, taking their first lead in the series, as Nick Suzuki made a pretty passing play to Josh Anderson who fired it past Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning were able to continue pressuring the Canadiens into the second period. This pressure led to a backhand pass by Ryan McDonagh to Barclay Goodrow as he fired the puck into an open net. In the third period, Alexander Romanov fired a wrist shot from the blue line, scoring to make it 2–1 for Montreal. The Lightning tied it five minutes later when Mathieu Joseph sprung a two-on-one with Patrick Maroon and the latter scored, ending his goal-scoring drought. With the game tied 2–2 after the third period, both teams headed to overtime. In overtime, the Canadiens killed a double-minor penalty caused by Shea Weber and less than a minute later, Anderson put the puck past Vasilevskiy, preventing the first four-game sweep in the Finals since 1998, and winning the game 3–2.[40]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MTL Josh Anderson (4) Nick Suzuki (9), Cole Caufield (7) 15:39 1–0 MTL
2nd TBL Barclay Goodrow (2) Ryan McDonagh (7), Blake Coleman (8) 17:20 1–1
3rd MTL Alexander Romanov (1) Jake Evans (1) 08:48 2–1 MTL
TBL Patrick Maroon (2) Mathieu Joseph (2), Tyler Johnson (3) 13:48 2–2
OT MTL Josh Anderson (5) Cole Caufield (8) 03:57 3–2 MTL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MTL Jake Evans Interference 16:33 2:00
TBL Brayden Point Roughing 16:33 2:00
MTL Joel Edmundson Slashing 17:59 2:00
TBL Pat Maroon Unsportsmanlike conduct 20:00 2:00
MTL Joel Edmundson Unsportsmanlike conduct 20:00 2:00
2nd TBL Brayden Point High-sticking 05:50 2:00
MTL Corey Perry Hooking 09:43 2:00
MTL Joel Armia Tripping 14:28 2:00
3rd MTL Jeff Petry Roughing 07:42 2:00
MTL Ben Chiarot Roughing 07:42 2:00
MTL Josh Anderson Roughing 07:42 2:00
TBL Barclay Goodrow Roughing 07:42 2:00
TBL Blake Coleman Roughing 07:42 2:00
TBL Yanni Gourde Roughing 07:42 2:00
MTL Shea Weber High-sticking 18:59 4:00
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
TBL 12 8 10 4 34
MTL 5 9 5 2 21

Game five[]

July 7 Montreal Canadiens 0–1 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap

Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his fifth-straight shutout in a series-clinching game in Game 5.

During the first period, Tampa Bay laid an offensive maelstrom on Montreal's goaltender firing thirteen shots compared to the Canadiens' four. Neither team scored in the opening period. The second period held a different storyline as the Canadiens put off ten shots comparably to the Lightning's six shots, yet Tampa Bay scored. Ryan McDonagh provided a secondary assist, setting up David Savard who passed it to Ross Colton tipping in the shot for a 1–0 lead. Tampa Bay then healthily defended their lead throughout the third period, giving Andrei Vasilevskiy the shutout victory and their second consecutive Stanley Cup.[41] Vasilevskiy was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. With their victory, they became the first team since 1983 New York Islanders to win the Stanley Cup without winning an overtime game. Patrick Maroon became the first player to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive seasons since members of the 1983 New York Islanders accomplished the feat.[42] He also became the first player since Ed Litzenberger in 1963 to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive years with two different franchises.[43]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd TBL Ross Colton (4) David Savard (5), Ryan McDonagh (7) 13:27 1–0 TBL
3rd None
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MTL Corey Perry Hooking 03:21 2:00
TBL Jan Rutta Cross-checking 07:19 2:00
MTL Corey Perry Embellishment 08:15 2:00
TBL Erik Cernak Interference 08:15 2:00
MTL Josh Anderson Hooking 08:43 2:00
2nd TBL David Savard Delay of game (puck over glass) 00:21 2:00
TBL Mikhail Sergachev Tripping 08:32 2:00
MTL Ben Chiarot Holding 19:22 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
MTL 4 10 8 22
TBL 13 6 11 30

Team rosters[]

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

Montreal Canadiens[]

Shea Weber (pictured with Nashville) captained the Canadiens to their thirty-fifth Finals appearance in franchise history and first since 1993.

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
34 Flag of Canada Allen, JakeJake Allen G L 30 2020 Fredericton, New Brunswick second (2019)
17 Flag of Canada Anderson, JoshJosh Anderson RW R 27 2020 Burlington, Ontario first
40 Flag of Finland Armia, JoelJoel Armia RW R 29 2018 Pori, Finland first
60 Flag of Canada Belzile, AlexAlex Belzile RW R 29 2019 Saint-Éloi, Quebec first
41 Flag of Canada Byron, PaulPaul Byron
A
LW L 32 2015 Ottawa, Ontario first
22 Flag of the United States Caufield, ColeCole Caufield RW R 20 2019 Mosinee, Wisconsin first
8 Flag of Canada Chiarot, BenBen Chiarot D L 31 2019 Hamilton, Ontario first
24 Flag of Canada Danault, PhillipPhillip Danault C L 28 2016 Victoriaville, Quebec first
92 Flag of Canada Drouin, JonathanJonathan Drouin LW L 26 2017 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec second (2015)
44 Flag of Canada Edmundson, JoelJoel Edmundson D L 27 2020 Brandon, Manitoba second (2019)
71 Flag of Canada Evans, JakeJake Evans C R 25 2014 Toronto, Ontario first
20 Flag of Canada Fleury, CaleCale Fleury D R 22 2017 Carlyle, Saskatchewan first
67 Flag of the Czech Republic Frolik, MichaelMichael Frolik RW L 33 2020 Kladno, Czechoslovakia second (2013)
11 Flag of Canada Gallagher, BrendanBrendan Gallagher
A
RW R 29 2010 Edmonton, Alberta first
32 Flag of Sweden Gustafsson, ErikErik Gustafsson D L 29 2021 Nynäshamn, Sweden first
15 Flag of Finland Kotkaniemi, JesperiJesperi Kotkaniemi C L 20 2018 Pori, Finland first
77 Flag of Canada Kulak, BrettBrett Kulak D L 27 2018 Edmonton, Alberta first
62 Flag of Finland Lehkonen, ArtturiArtturi Lehkonen LW L 25 2015 Piikkiö, Finland first
39 Flag of the United States Lindgren, CharlieCharlie Lindgren G R 27 2016 Lakeville, Minnesota first
70 Flag of Canada Michael McNiven G L 23 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba first
28 Flag of the United States Merrill, JonJon Merrill D L 29 2021 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma second (2018)
61 Flag of Canada Ouellet, XavierXavier Ouellet D L 27 2018 Bayonne, France first
94 Flag of Canada Perry, CoreyCorey Perry RW R 36 2020 Peterborough, Ontario third (2007, 2020)
26 Flag of the United States Petry, JeffJeff Petry D R 33 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan first
31 Flag of Canada Price, CareyCarey Price G L 33 2005 Vancouver, British Columbia first
30 Flag of the United States Primeau, CaydenCayden Primeau G L 21 2017 Farmington Hills, Michigan first
27 Flag of Russia Romanov, AlexanderAlexander Romanov D L 21 2018 Moscow, Russia first
21 Flag of Canada Staal, EricEric Staal C L 36 2021 Thunder Bay, Ontario second (2006)
14 Flag of Canada Suzuki, NickNick Suzuki C R 21 2018 London, Ontario first
90 Flag of Slovakia Tatar, TomasTomas Tatar LW L 30 2018 Ilava, Czechoslovakia second (2018)
73 Flag of Canada Toffoli, TylerTyler Toffoli RW R 29 2020 Scarborough, Ontario second (2014)
6 Flag of Canada Weber, SheaShea Weber
C
D R 35 2016 Sicamous, British Columbia first

Tampa Bay Lightning[]

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos led his team to its second straight Finals appearance.

# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
60 Flag of Canada Barre-Boulet, AlexAlex Barre-Boulet C L 24 2018 Montmagny, Quebec first
5 Flag of Sweden Borgman, AndreasAndreas Borgman D L 26 2020 Stockholm, Sweden first
81 Flag of Slovakia Cernak, ErikErik Cernak D L 24 2017 Košice, Slovakia second (2020)
71 Flag of Canada Cirelli, AnthonyAnthony Cirelli C L 23 2015 Woodbridge, Ontario second (2020)
3 Flag of Sweden Claesson, FredrikFredrik Claesson D L 28 2021 Stockholm, Sweden first
20 Flag of the United States Coleman, BlakeBlake Coleman C L 29 2020 Plano, Texas second (2020)
79 Flag of the United States Colton, RossRoss Colton C L 24 2016 Robbinsville, New Jersey first
52 Flag of Canada Foote, CallanCallan Foote D R 22 2017 Englewood, Colorado first
33 Flag of Finland Gibson, ChristopherChristopher Gibson G L 28 2020 Karkkila, Finland first
19 Flag of Canada Goodrow, BarclayBarclay Goodrow RW L 28 2020 Toronto, Ontario second (2020)
37 Flag of Canada Gourde, YanniYanni Gourde C L 29 2014 Saint-Narcisse, Quebec second (2020)
77 Flag of Sweden Hedman, VictorVictor Hedman
A
D L 30 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden third (2015, 2020)
9 Flag of the United States Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson C R 30 2011 Spokane, Washington third (2015, 2020)
7 Flag of Canada Mathieu Joseph RW L 24 2015 Chambly, Quebec second (2020)
41 Flag of Canada Boris Katchouk LW L 23 2016 Waterloo, Ontario first
17 Flag of Canada Killorn, AlexAlex Killorn
A
LW L 31 2007 Halifax, Nova Scotia third (2015, 2020)
86 Flag of Russia Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov RW L 28 2011 Maykop, Russia third (2015, 2020)
14 Flag of the United States Maroon, PatrickPatrick Maroon LW L 32 2019 St. Louis, Missouri third (2019, 2020)
30 Flag of Canada Martin, SpencerSpencer Martin G R 26 2019 Oakville, Ontario first
27 Flag of the United States McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh
A
D L 32 2018 Saint Paul, Minnesota third (2014, 2020)
35 Flag of Canada McElhinney, CurtisCurtis McElhinney G L 38 2019 London, Ontario second (2020)
18 Flag of the Czech Republic Palat, OndrejOndrej Palat LW L 30 2011 Frýdek-Místek, Czechoslovakia third (2015, 2020)
21 Flag of Canada Point, BraydenBrayden Point C R 25 2014 Calgary, Alberta second (2020)
16 Flag of Canada Raddysh, TaylorTaylor Raddysh RW R 23 2016 Caledon, Ontario first
44 Flag of the Czech Republic Rutta, JanJan Rutta D R 30 2019 Písek, Czechoslovakia second (2020)
58 Flag of Canada Savard, DavidDavid Savard D R 30 2021 Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec first
2 Flag of Canada Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn D R 31 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan second (2020)
98 Flag of Russia Sergachev, MikhailMikhail Sergachev D L 22 2017 Nizhmekamsk, Russia second (2020)
46 Flag of Canada Smith, GemelGemel Smith C L 27 2019 Toronto, Ontario first
91 Flag of Canada Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos
C
C R 31 2008 Markham, Ontario third (2015, 2020)
67 Flag of Canada Stephens, MitchellMitchell Stephens C R 24 2015 Peterborough, Ontario second (2020)
56 Flag of Canada Thomas, BenBen Thomas D R 25 2014 Calgary, Alberta first
88 Flag of Russia Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy G L 26 2012 Tyumen, Russia third (2015, 2020)
85 Flag of Canada Walcott, DanielDaniel Walcott LW L 27 2015 L'Île-Perrot, Quebec first

Media rights[]

With the series running through the first week of July, no games were held on either Canada Day (July 1) or American Independence Day (July 4) to avoid scheduling conflicts.

In Canada, this was the seventh consecutive Stanley Cup Finals broadcast by Sportsnet and CBC Television in English, and TVA Sports in French.[44] The series was also streamed on Sportsnet Now and Rogers NHL Live.[1]

In the United States, this was the sixteenth consecutive and final Stanley Cup Finals produced by NBC Sports under their 10-year contract for American television rights to the NHL. NBCSN aired games one and two, while NBC televised the remainder of the series (unlike in the past several years when NBC would have games one and then four through seven, and NBCSN would broadcast games two and three). When the series started, only the first two games was available on Peacock, NBC's streaming service. However, on July 2, the day of game three, NBCUniversal announced that the remainder of the series will also be available on Peacock.[2] Under the new seven-year contracts that will begin next season, coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals will be rotated annually between ABC (who will broadcast their first Stanley Cup Finals since 2004) in even years and TNT (who will broadcast the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time ever in 2023) in odd years.[45]

Chris Cuthbert replaced Jim Hughson as Sportsnet lead play-by-play announcer after Hughson decided to not travel this season due to COVID-19 and only opted to call national Vancouver Canucks home games.[46] Kenny Albert replaced the retired Mike "Doc" Emrick as NBC lead play-by-play announcer, having previously filled in for Emrick in game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals due to a death in the latter's family.[47][48] NBC lead color commentator Eddie Olczyk missed game two due to a personal matter, so "Inside-the-Glass" reporter Brian Boucher moved to the booth with Albert, and Pierre McGuire took over for Boucher between the benches.[3] Albert and Olczyk will then move on to become TBS/TNT’s lead broadcast team,[49][50] while Boucher will join ESPN/ABC.[51]

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