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.
6. BRAYDON COBURN SEALS GAME 7 VICTORY AGAINST DETROIT
After going into a hostile Joe Louis Arena in an elimination Game 6 and winning 5-2 to level the First Round series against Detroit, the Lightning were a prohibitive favorite to dispose of the Red Wings on home ice in a winner-take-all Game 7 two days later
But the series-clinching victory was anything but a sure thing. For two-plus periods, both teams felt each other out, neither wanting to make the mistake that lost the series.
Early in the third, Braydon Coburn, playing just his 11th game in a Lightning sweater following a trade deadline deal that brought him to Tampa Bay three-quarters of the way through the season and a broken foot that knocked him out of the lineup four games into his Bolts career, supplied the final dagger to dispose Detroit, his one-timer from the right circle beating Red Wings rookie goalie Petr Mrazek high over the blocker side for the game-winning Game 7 goal.
Anton Stralman added an empty-netter with 1:18 to go, and Ben Bishop earned his first postseason shutout by stopping all 31 Detroit shots to give the Lightning their first playoff series victory since 2011 and send them into the Second Round following a 2-0 win over the Red Wings.