A third straight final for the Lightning

Steven Stamkos scored twice, Andrei Vasilevskiy was faultless and the Tampa Bay Lightning reached a third straight Stanley Cup Final, beating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

A third straight final for the Lightning

Steven Stamkos scored twice, Andrei Vasilevskiy was faultless and the Tampa Bay Lightning reached a third straight Stanley Cup Final, beating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

The “Bolts” thus won the Eastern Conference final in six games, having lost the first two games of the series.

Stamkos dealt Rangers a blow by restoring the lead just 21 seconds after Frank Vatrano became the first and only Rangers player to beat Vasilevskiy.

The Lightning captain took advantage of a brilliant relay from Nikita Kucherov to beat Igor Shesterkin. The Russian goalkeeper was still solid on Saturday, he who repelled 29 of 31 opposing shots.

He will be angry, however, for allowing Stamkos' first goal of the game, a seemingly innocuous shot that deceived his vigilance.

Vasilevskiy, meanwhile, made 19 parries in the win.

Vatrano's goal, scored on the power play, came on the face-off. The forward acquired at the trade deadline unleashed a powerful one-timer shot immediately after Andrew Copp won his duel on the right of the "Bolts" cage.

The Lightning will face the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup final. The game

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