Ross Colton scored the lone goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots to close out the series. Vasilevskiy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the entire playoffs. He finished with five shutouts over 23 games this postseason.
The Bolts finished in third place in the Central Division during the regular season, five points behind the Carolina Hurricanes. They missed former Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov for the entire season (not without controversy), and injury-prone captain Steven Stamkos out for about half as well. But that allowed some younger players to get in the mix, especially in the three defensive pairs.
It also doesn’t hurt to have the best goalkeeper in the world, and although Andrei Vasilevskiy finished a close second in the NHL’s Vezina Trophy voting, it’s clear after the tournament he’s the best between the pipes on the planet. The 26-year-old now had two Cups, and is under contract through 2028. It’s why this might not be the last for the Bolts, who will be one of the favorites to win it again in 2022.