The Bolts were -180 to knock off the Stars and skate Lord Stanley, but it was +415 at DraftKings Sportsbook if you had the Bolts to do it in exactly six games. Tampa was the favorite by the bookmakers when the season started, and after their President’s Cup trophy win in 2019 as the best team in the regular season, but lost in a sweep to the Columbus Blue Jackets in one of the biggest upsets in NHL history.
But that matters not now, as the team from Tampa has redemption.
The Conn Smythe trophy for playoff MVP was the only bit of drama left, and defenceman Victor Hedman was the winner. He scored 10 goals and had an incredible amount of ice time in the series, and was worth of the trophy. Hedman was +200 to win the the Smythe before the series started.
Right wing Nikita Kucherov led all players in points in the playoffs with 33, while Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point tied with Dallas’ Joe Pavelski with 13 goals each.
For the Lightning it’s their first championship since 2004.