Stanley Cup Final 2021: Lightning look to repeat, Canadiens hope to end drought

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to further extend their league record of most Stanley Cup wins to 24 as they travel south to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are seeking back-to-back championships, joining the elite group of just nine teams that were ever able to win consecutive cups.  

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“They’re going to get the best team that they’ve played against so far, and we’re going to get the best team that we’ve played against so far,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “You don’t get to the finals by luck.”

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos brings the puck up the ice against the New York Islanders during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinals, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos brings the puck up the ice against the New York Islanders during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinals, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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