2021 Stanley Cup Finals
2021 ice hockey championship series
- 1 Paths to the Finals
- 2 Game summaries
- 3 Team rosters
- 4 Stanley Cup engraving
- 5 Media rights
- 6 References
|2021 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* – Denotes overtime period(s)|
|Location(s)||Montreal: Bell Centre (3, 4)|
Tampa: Amalie Arena (1, 2, 5)
|Coaches||Montreal: Dominique Ducharme (interim)|
Tampa Bay: Jon Cooper
|Captains||Montreal: Shea Weber|
Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos
|Referees||Francis Charron (1, 3)|
Gord Dwyer (3, 5)
Eric Furlatt (2, 4)
Dan O'Rourke (1, 5)
Kelly Sutherland (2, 4)
|Dates||June 28, 2021 – July 7, 2021|
|MVP||Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)|
|Series-winning goal||Ross Colton (13:27, Second, G5)|
|Networks||Canada (English): CBC/Sportsnet|
Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States (English): NBC/NBCSN
|Announcers||(CBC/SN) Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson|
(TVA) Felix Seguin and Patrick Lalime
(NBC/NBCSN) Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk (1, 3, 4, 5), Brian Boucher (1, 2, 4, 5) and Pierre McGuire (2, 3, 5)
The 2021 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2020–21 season and the culmination of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. The series was between the Montreal Canadiens and the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning won the best-of-seven series, four games to one, for their second consecutive and third overall championship in franchise history. Tampa Bay had home-ice advantage in the series with the better regular season record. The series began on June 28, 2021 and concluded on July 7, 2021, marking the first time that games in the Stanley Cup Finals were held in July. This was also the first Finals since 2009 to be played entirely in the Eastern Time Zone.
Due to cross-border travel restrictions under the COVID-19 pandemic, the league temporarily realigned this season into four divisions with no conferences. Consequently, a divisional-based playoff format was held, featuring intradivisional matchups in the first two rounds. The four divisional playoff champions were then re-seeded by regular season point totals in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, with the winners of the Semifinals advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Paths to the Finals
Impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the league for the second straight year, with the Government of Canada maintaining its cross-border travel restrictions. Consequently, the league temporarily realigned for this season into four regional divisions with no conferences, putting all seven Canadian teams into one of those divisions. Each team played 56 regular season games, all intra-divisional matchups. The league returned to the traditional 16-team playoff format, with the first two rounds of the playoffs also featuring intra-divisional matchups. This format delayed any possibility of cross-border travel until the third round. The league explored the possibility of having the Canadian team that advanced to the third round hold their home games in a neutral NHL city in the U.S. but were granted a cross-border travel exemption approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Due to local COVID-19 health protocols during the regular season, all 24 American teams hosted a limited amount of in-person spectators while all seven Canadian teams played behind closed doors. During the first three rounds of the playoffs, a number of U.S. teams further increased their capacity, and three of the Canadian playoff teams admitted spectators for the first time. The Canadiens were the first team from Canada to offer tickets to the general public. By the time the Finals started, Florida health officials had allowed the Lightning to admit 16,300 fans (85 percent of full capacity) at Amalie Arena for game 1, then allowed up to 100% capacity for game 2 and beyond. The Canadiens were permitted to issue 3,500 tickets for the Bell Centre after Quebec health officials denied the team's request to increase it to 10,500 fans (50 percent of capacity) before game 3.
This was the thirty-fifth Stanley Cup Finals appearance for this team. They have won the Stanley Cup a record twenty-four times (the second most championships in major North American sports behind the New York Yankees' twenty-seven World Series victories). They are the most recent Canadian-based team to win the Stanley Cup, doing so in 1993 (their most recent Finals appearance) against the Los Angeles Kings, winning in five games. They were also the first Canadian-based team since the 2011 Vancouver Canucks to reach the Finals.
During the offseason, the Canadiens traded left wing Max Domi and a third-round pick for right wing Josh Anderson. They also picked up forwards Tyler Toffoli, Michael Frolik, and Corey Perry in free agency. The team also re-signed goaltender Jake Allen and forward Brendan Gallagher. During the season, Hobey Baker Award winner and rookie Cole Caufield made his debut with the Canadiens. The team traded for forward Eric Staal as well as defencemen Jon Merrill and Erik Gustafsson.
On February 24, 2021, head coach Claude Julien was fired after coaching the team through parts of five seasons during his second stint as head coach of the Canadiens, which had registered a 9–5–4 record to start the season. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme was named interim head coach.
The team finished with a record of 24–21–11 to finish fourth in the North Division. In the playoffs, the Canadiens came back from a 3–1 deficit in their series with their rival Toronto Maple Leafs to win in seven games. They then dispatched the Winnipeg Jets in a four-game sweep in the second round before defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Semifinals in six games.
As they have done in the past, the Canadiens chose to use the French version of the Stanley Cup Finals logo patch on their jerseys.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay made very few transactions to gain players in the offseason. Instead, they traded away players or let players go via free agency to make cap space while re-signing Patrick Maroon, Luke Schenn, and Mikhail Sergachev. During the season, however, Tampa Bay traded for defenceman David Savard.
Tampa Bay finished with a 36–17–3 record to finish third in the Central Division. In the playoffs, the Lightning defeated their interstate rival, the Florida Panthers, in six games in the first round. Forward Nikita Kucherov, who had hip surgery prior to the regular season and was on long-term injured reserve, returned for the playoffs, subsequently helping out Tampa Bay with an otherwise cap-tight situation. The Lightning then triumphed over the Carolina Hurricanes in five games and in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, in a rematch of the previous year's Eastern Conference Final, they defeated the New York Islanders in seven games.
- Note: The numbers in parentheses represent each player's total goals or assists to that point of the entire playoffs.
|June 28||Montreal Canadiens||1–5||Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||Recap|
The Lightning took the lead early in the first period. With Tampa Bay forward Erik Cernak joining the rush with Ondrej Palat, Palat passed to an open Cernak who fired a wrist shot past Carey Price resulting in a 1–0 lead for Tampa Bay. In the second period, the Lightning grabbed a 2–0 lead when Blake Coleman's shot through traffic deflected off of Yanni Gourde and into the net. The Canadiens then halved the Lightning's lead as their offensive-zone coverage swept Tampa Bay's end setting up Ben Chiarot for a one-timer and Montreal's first goal of the game. The Lightning regained their two-goal lead in the third period when Nikita Kucherov's shot across the net got swatted by Chiarot and into his own net. After Brayden Point won a faceoff, the puck was picked up by Kucherov who fired a wrist shot past Price to gain a 4–1 lead. Towards the end of the third period and with frustrations boiling over for Montreal, Joel Edmundson took a roughing penalty with 2:40 left in the period. On the ensuing power-play, Kucherov passed to captain Steven Stamkos whose shot got past Price for a 5–1 lead, sealing the victory for the Lightning. The goal ended Montreal's penalty-killing streak at 32.
|1st||TBL||Erik Cernak (1)||Ondrej Palat (7), Brayden Point (7)||06:19||1–0 TBL|
|2nd||TBL||Yanni Gourde (6)||Blake Coleman (7), Barclay Goodrow (2)||05:47||2–0 TBL|
|MTL||Ben Chiarot (3)||Jesperi Kotkaniemi (3), Shea Weber (4)||17:40||2–1 TBL|
|3rd||TBL||Nikita Kucherov (6)||Mikhail Sergachev (3)||02:00||3–1 TBL|
|TBL||Nikita Kucherov (7)||Brayden Point (8)||11:25||4–1 TBL|
|TBL||Steven Stamkos (8) – pp||Nikita Kucherov (23), Brayden Point (9)||18:50||5–1 TBL|
|1st||TBL||Barclay Goodrow||Cross checking||15:21||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|June 30||Montreal Canadiens||1–3||Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||Recap|
In game two, the Canadiens poured off more shots than in game one. The first period saw Montreal make thirteen shots compared to Tampa Bay's six. However, neither team was able to score in the opening frame. In the second period, Montreal had more than double the shots of Tampa Bay, yet the Lightning ended up with two goals in contrast to the Canadiens' one. The first Lightning goal came from Anthony Cirelli, whose point shot pinballed in off of Carey Price's blocker and into the net. After Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev commmitted an interference penalty on Artturi Lehkonen, Montreal tied the score on a power-play when Nick Suzuki floated a backhand shot through traffic and under Andrei Vasilevskiy's pads. With 1.1 seconds left in the second period, Tampa Bay forward Barclay Goodrow got past Ben Chiarot forcing a two-on-one with Blake Coleman. Goodrow passed it to Coleman who shot it past Price for the buzzer-beater. In the third period, Montreal continued to pressure the Lightning and Vasilevskiy, however, after a dump-in by Tampa Bay ended up in the Canadiens' zone, an errant pass off the boards by Joel Edmundson gave the puck away to Ondrej Palat, scoring the goal that made it 3–1. At the end of the game, both Corey Perry and Cirelli each received misconducts after an altercation.
|2nd||TBL||Anthony Cirelli (5)||Tyler Johnson (2), Jan Rutta (1)||06:40||1–0 TBL|
|MTL||Nick Suzuki (6) – pp||Unassisted||10:36||1–1|
|TBL||Blake Coleman (2)||Barclay Goodrow (3), Ryan McDonagh (6)||19:58||2–1 TBL|
|3rd||TBL||Ondrej Palat (5)||Unassisted||15:42||3–1 TBL|
|TBL||Erik Cernak||Cross checking||17:27||2:00|
|3rd||TBL||Anthony Cirelli||Cross checking||20:00||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|July 2||Tampa Bay Lightning||6–3||Montreal Canadiens||Bell Centre||Recap|
In the first four minutes of the first period, the Lightning grabbed a 2–0 lead. The first goal came from a point shot through traffic by Jan Rutta. After Eric Staal shot the puck over the glass causing a power-play for Tampa Bay, Victor Hedman scored the second goal when his point shot bounced off of Carey Price and into the net. The Canadiens were able to score a goal within their seventeen shots as a two-on-one with captain Shea Weber and Phillip Danault allowed the latter's wrist shot to rip off both posts and past Andrei Vasilevskiy. In the second period, the Lightning followed the same momentum from the first period with another two goals in the first four minutes. When an errant change by Montreal created an opening for Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov, Kucherov fired the puck past Price. At 3:33, the Lightning began another two-on-one rush during which Mathieu Joseph's shot rebounded to Tyler Johnson who scored to give Tampa Bay a 4–1 lead. However, just like the first period, Montreal scored which brought their deficit to two. Nick Suzuki, who drove down the right side of Tampa Bay's defensive zone, shot the puck under Vasilevskiy's pads. In the third period, the Lightning mainly held a defensive strategy. In the final five minutes, the Lightning gained a three-goal lead again when defenceman Erik Gustafsson gave the puck away to Johnson and he scored his second goal of the game. The Canadiens quickly rebounded after pulling their goalie and Corey Perry scored top-shelf over Vasilevskiy. However, with the empty net, the Lightning took advantage as Blake Coleman backhanded the puck into the net and the game ended 6–3.
|1st||TBL||Jan Rutta (2)||Ondrej Palat (7), Victor Hedman (16)||01:52||1–0 TBL|
|TBL||Victor Hedman (2) – pp||Nikita Kucherov (24), Anthony Cirelli (7)||03:27||2–0 TBL|
|MTL||Phillip Danault (1)||Shea Weber (24)||11:16||2–1 TBL|
|2nd||TBL||Nikita Kucherov (8)||Ondrej Palat (8), Erik Cernak (9)||01:40||3–1 TBL|
|TBL||Tyler Johnson (3)||Mathieu Joseph (1), David Savard (4)||03:33||4–1 TBL|
|MTL||Nick Suzuki (3)||Jeff Petry (6), Cole Caufield (6)||18:04||4–2 TBL|
|3rd||TBL||Tyler Johnson (7)||Unassisted||15:19||5–2 TBL|
|MTL||Corey Perry (4)||Brendan Gallagher (4), Ben Chiarot (1)||15:58||5–3 TBL|
|TBL||Blake Coleman (7) – en||Barclay Goodrow (4)||16:48||6–3 TBL|
|1st||MTL||Eric Staal||Delay of game (puck over glass)||02:54||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|July 5||Tampa Bay Lightning||2–3||OT||Montreal Canadiens||Bell Centre||Recap|
In the first period, the Canadiens scored first, taking their first lead in the series, as Nick Suzuki made a pretty passing play to Josh Anderson who fired it past Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning were able to continue pressuring the Canadiens into the second period. This pressure led to a backhand pass by Ryan McDonagh to Barclay Goodrow as he fired the puck into an open net. In the third period, Alexander Romanov fired a wrist shot from the blue line, scoring to make it 2–1 for Montreal. The Lightning tied it five minutes later when Mathieu Joseph sprung a two-on-one with Patrick Maroon and the latter scored, ending his goal-scoring drought. With the game tied 2–2 after the third period, both teams headed to overtime. In overtime, the Canadiens killed a double-minor penalty caused by Shea Weber and less than a minute later, Anderson put the puck past Vasilevskiy, preventing the first four-game sweep in the Finals since 1998, and winning the game 3–2.
|1st||MTL||Josh Anderson (4)||Nick Suzuki (9), Cole Caufield (7)||15:39||1–0 MTL|
|2nd||TBL||Barclay Goodrow (2)||Ryan McDonagh (7), Blake Coleman (8)||17:20||1–1|
|3rd||MTL||Alexander Romanov (1)||Jake Evans (1)||08:48||2–1 MTL|
|TBL||Patrick Maroon (2)||Mathieu Joseph (2), Tyler Johnson (3)||13:48||2–2|
|OT||MTL||Josh Anderson (5)||Cole Caufield (8)||03:57||3–2 MTL|
|TBL||Patrick Maroon||Unsportsmanlike conduct||20:00||2:00|
|MTL||Joel Edmundson||Unsportsmanlike conduct||20:00||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|July 7||Montreal Canadiens||0–1||Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||Recap|
Tampa Bay dominated during the first period of game five, recording thirteen shots on target to the Canadiens' four, but neither team scored. The second period had the opposite trend, with the Canadiens getting ten shots compared to the Lightning's six shots. Nevertheless it was Tampa Bay who scored the opening goal, when Ryan McDonagh set up a David Savard shot that was tipped in by Ross Colton. It would prove to be the only goal of the contest, Tampa Bay holding onto their one-goal lead throughout the third period, with Andrei Vasilevskiy recording a shutout. The 1-0 victory won the series for Tampa Bay and their second consecutive Stanley Cup.
Vasilevskiy was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the playoffs. With their victory, Tampa became the first team since the 1983 New York Islanders to win the Stanley Cup without winning an overtime game during the playoffs. Patrick Maroon won the Stanley Cup in three consecutive seasons, a feat which hadn't occurred since multiple members of the 1983 New York Islanders accomplished it. Maroon was the first player since Ed Litzenberger in 1963 to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive years with two different teams.
|2nd||TBL||Ross Colton (4)||David Savard (5), Ryan McDonagh (8)||13:27||1–0 TBL|
|2nd||TBL||David Savard||Delay of game (puck over glass)||00:21||2:00|
|Shots by period|
Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Stanley Cup engraving
The following Lightning players and staff qualified to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup:
2020–21 Tampa Bay Lightning
Coaching and administrative staff
- Jeffrey Vinik (Chairman/Owner/Governor), Steve Griggs (Chief Executive Officer/Alt. Governor), Julien BriseBois (Vice President/General Manager/Alt. Governor),
- Allen Murray (Asst General Manager-Director of Amateur Scouting), Jamie Pushor (Asst. General Manager-Director of Player Personnel), Stacy Roest (Asst. General Manager-Director of Player Development), Mathieu Darche (Director of Hockey Operations),
- Jon Cooper (Head Coach), Jeff Halpern (Asst. Coach), Derek Lalonde (Asst. Coach),
- Rob Zettler (Asst. Coach), Frantz Jean (Goaltending Coach), Brian Garlock (Video Coordinator),
- Nigel Kirwan (Video Coach), Mark Lambert (Director of High Performance/Strength Coach), Tom Mulligan (Athletic Trainer),
- Mike Poirier (Asst. Athletic Trainer), Ray Thill (Equipment Manager), Rob Kennedy (Asst. Equipment Manager),
- Jason Berger (Asst. Equipment Manager), Christian Rivas (Massage Therapist) Brandon Rodgers (Physical Therapist, Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach),
- Ryan Belec (Sr. Director of Team Services), Liz Sylvia Kokoharsky (Director of Hockey Administration), Michael Peterson (Director of Hockey Analytics).
The list above consists of 48 of 52 names that will be included on the Stanley Cup. The complete list of 52 names will be released after the Stanley Cup is engraved in the fall.
- #52 Cal Foote (D) played 35 regular-season games, but did not dress in the playoffs. He qualified to be engraved by playing in more than half of Tampa Bay's 56 regular-season games.
- #67 Mitchell Stephens (C/RW) missed 35 games injured and did not play in the playoffs. It is unknown if Tampa Bay will request an exemption for him to be engraved.
- #14 Pat Maroon (LW) won his third consecutive Stanley Cup, after winning in 2019 with St. Louis and 2020 with Tampa Bay. He is the first player to do so since multiple members of the New York Islanders accomplished the feat in 1982 and 1983.
These players were on the extended roster during the playoffs, with most having played regular-season games for Tampa Bay. None appeared in the playoffs.
- Alex Barre-Boulet – 15 regular-season games
- Andreas Borgman – 7 regular-season games
- Gemel Smith – 5 regular-season games
- Ben Thomas – 5 regular-season games
- Fredrik Claesson – 2 regular-season games with Tampa Bay, 4 with San Jose
- Christopher Gibson – 2 regular-season games
- Daniel Walcott – 1 regular-season game
- Boris Katchouk – 0 regular-season games, 29 games with Syracuse of the American Hockey League
- Taylor Raddysh – 0 regular-season games, 27 games with Syracuse of the AHL
- Spencer Martin – 0 regular-season games, 15 games with Syracuse of the AHL
In Canada, this was the seventh consecutive Stanley Cup Finals broadcast by Sportsnet and CBC Television in English, and TVA Sports in French. The series was also streamed on Sportsnet Now and Rogers NHL Live.
In the United States, this was the sixteenth consecutive and final Stanley Cup Finals produced by NBC Sports under their 10-year contract for American television rights to the NHL. NBCSN aired games one and two, while NBC televised the remainder of the series (unlike in the past several years when NBC would have games one and then four through seven, and NBCSN would broadcast games two and three). When the series started, only the first two games was available on Peacock, NBC's streaming service. However, on July 2, the day of game three, NBCUniversal announced that the remainder of the series will also be available on Peacock. Under the new seven-year contracts that will begin next season, coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals will be rotated annually between ABC (who will broadcast their first Stanley Cup Finals since 2004) in even years and TNT (who will broadcast the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time ever in 2023) in odd years.
Chris Cuthbert replaced Jim Hughson as Sportsnet lead play-by-play announcer after Hughson decided to not travel this season due to COVID-19 and only opted to call national Vancouver Canucks home games. Kenny Albert replaced the retired Mike "Doc" Emrick as NBC lead play-by-play announcer, having previously filled in for Emrick in game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals due to a death in the latter's family. NBC lead color commentator Eddie Olczyk missed game two due to a personal matter, so "Inside-the-Glass" reporter Brian Boucher moved to the booth with Albert, and Pierre McGuire took over for Boucher between the benches. Albert and Olczyk will then move on to become TBS/TNT’s lead broadcast team, while Boucher will join ESPN/ABC.
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