Defenseman Braydon Coburn and his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates celebrate with cigars, champagne and the Stanley Cup in the dressing room after winning the trophy with a 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Finals of the Stanley Cup.
After spending more than 60 days away from family and friends fighting for the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 last night in Game 6 to win the ultimate prize. hockey. Moments after hoisting the most famous trophy in all ice sports, the team continued the celebration in their locker room with champagne and cigars, rewards worthy of a memorable cup race.
Players Pat Maroon, Barclay Goodrow, Anthony Cirelli and Mitchell Stephens could be seen in social media posts enjoying well-deserved victory cigars. And while the exact mark players lit remains a mystery (email requests to Lightning’s media team naturally went unanswered), players didn’t seem to care as they huffed and puffed and took turns drinking beer from the Cup.
“I’m speechless. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world, and being able to celebrate with this group of guys is a dream come true,” said team captain Steve Stamkos in an interview after. The 12-year-old veteran Stamkos actually had to watch his team win the Best Seven Series 4-2 from the stands due to an injury that kept him out of the playoffs.
He was only able to play 2 minutes and 47 seconds in Game 3, but still managed to score a goal.
To fill the leadership void, none other than assistant captain Victor Hedman, a Swedish-born defender who has been in the league since 2009. The imposing defender has scored 10 goals and 11 assists with an average of over 26 minutes of ice time per game. For his efforts, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL’s playoff MVP.
For veteran Maroon, this year’s victory was especially special given he also won the Stanley Cup last year as a member of the St. Louis Blues. This fact was at the center of a memorable video he posted to his Instagram account.
Head coach Jon Cooper perhaps summed up the team’s feelings better during the post-game press conference, which you can see below.