The Tampa Bay Lightning capped an incredible run through the postseason with the franchise’s second-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Although the Lightning were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in six tight Cup Final games, the playoff ride will be remembered by Tampa Bay fans for its resilience and exhilaration.
In one final salute to the 2014-15 Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, we’ve ranked the top 11 Bolts’ moments from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Because there were too many candidates to squeeze into just 10 spots.
Relive the Bolts’ journey to the Stanley Cup Final and enjoy the experience for a second time.
11. STAMKOS HEADLOCKS QUINCEY, RED WINGS INTO SUBMISSION
The Tampa Bay Lightning were fighting mad after dropping Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at home to Detroit, despite outshooting the Red Wings 46-14 in the opener.
The Lightning came out swinging (literally) at puck drop, the physical play reaching a crescendo when a near-line brawl erupted by the Lightning bench two-and-a-half minutes in, Brian Boyle and Steven Stamkos doing the bulk of the battling.
Stamkos came out of the fracas clutching Detroit’s Kyle Quincey around the neck in a headlock, squeezing for several seconds until officials came in to break up the wrestling hold.
Stamkos along with the rest of his teammates served notice they weren’t going to be pushed around by a bruising Detroit team, a theme that would repeat throughout the physically demanding series.
The Lightning would go on to win Game 2 by a 5-1 count and the series in seven nail-biting games.