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.
9. STAMKOS ENDS GOAL DROUGHT
Through the first eight games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lightning captain and leading scorer Steven Stamkos hadn’t registered a goal.
Stamkos heard the whispers, the speculation he was hiding an injury, the worry from fans he was disappearing at the most crucial junction of the season.
In Game 2 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, he put all those fears to rest, scoring his first marker of the playoffs on a breakaway beauty that ignited a six-goal explosion in the Bolts’ 6-2 victory.
With the game tied 1-1 midway through the second period, Jason Garrison took possession of the puck in his own zone and spotted Stamkos streaking toward goal. Garrison’s pass hit Stamkos in stride, and No. 91 made a series of moves to leave Canadiens goalie Carey Price reaching for air before depositing the puck at the glove-side post to score the go-ahead goal.
Tampa Bay, sparked by Stamkos’ world-class marker, would score four-consecutive goals to turn a tight, 1-1 game into a 6-2 rout.
And the Lightning would take a two-games-to-none lead in the Second Round series back to Tampa after winning both games in Montreal.