How did they pull this off?
During most playoff years, we ask this of the players. And, no doubt about it, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed a lot of perseverance fighting through bubble life to win the Stanley Cup. Doing so while Steven Stamkos played three minutes qualifies as “How did they pull this off?” material.
But, in the case of the 2020 Stanley Cup being handed out following the playoffs, this time we’re talking about the NHL, and everyone involved in keeping the playoff bubble from bursting.
It’s still surreal that we got this far.
NBC’s own Doc Emrick narrated the unlikely journey that was the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which you can watch in the video above.
This unlikely journey took us from second training camps, play resuming on Aug. 1, and a field of 24 teams narrowing down to the Stanley Cup champion Lightning. As Emrick says, it felt like a dream, but it came true for the NHL, even if it happened amid a nightmarish time.
Time will tell when the 2020-21 season may begin, but either way, it will be tough to forget the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, even if you’re not a Lightning fan.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars (TB wins series 4-2)
More on the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup
- Tampa Bay blanks Dallas in Game 6 to clinch the championship.
- Patrick Maroon becomes a repeat Stanley Cup winner (first the Blues, now with the Lightning).
- Steven Stamkos joins the Lightning’s Stanley Cup celebration.
- Victor Hedman wins the Conn Smythe. Why that must have been a tough choice.