TAMPA: The Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Calgary Flames 2-1 in the decisive game seven of the National Hockey League (NHL) Playoff Finals on Monday to win the treasured Stanley Cup for the first time in their 12-year franchise history.
The young, resilient Tampa Bay team held off an all-out assault by Calgary in the dying minutes to win the all or nothing game and the best-of-seven series 4-3 in front of 22,217 home fans at the St Pete Times Forum.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored both goals for the Lightning, including the key opening goal of the game at 13:31 of the first period. The Ukrainian forward made it 2-0 with a little over five minutes left in the second.
Calgary, the 1989 Stanley Cup champions whose last playoff appearance was back in 1996, rallied with a Craig Conroy power play goal midway through the third, but the Lightning staved off the attack with sharp goal-tending by Nikolai Khabibulin.
Brad Richards, who recorded 12 goals including seven game winners in Lightnings post-season run, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoffs Most Valuable Player (MVP). dpa