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Less than a year after the Stanley Cup was handed out, it"s time as soon as again because that the NHL come crown that is champion.

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It"ll be a familiar one — either the defending champion or the franchise that has actually done that a document 24 times. Beginning on Monday, June 28, it"ll it is in the Lightning and also the Canadiens in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.


"They"re going to gain the best team the they"ve played against so far and we"re going to get the ideal team the we"ve played versus so far," claimed Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after ~ his team advanced.

While the 2020 playoffs were exciting in their very own right, this year"s playoffs are also funkier due to the fact that it"s one all-Atlantic division matchup (in typical times). That also features two groups that haven"t challenged off due to the fact that March 5, 2020, going for sports" can be fried prize.


Here is every little thing you should know to watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

Who is play in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final?

The Canadiens advanced to the final round ~ knocking the end the North division champion Maple Leafs in seven , scan the Jets and also then beating the NHL"s second-best team, the Golden Knights, in six. One day later, the Lightning advanced with a video game 7 win over the Islanders. The defending champs kicked off their 2021 run v 4-2 series win in the battle of Florida through the Panthers prior to a five-game victory over the central Division"s optimal team, the Hurricanes.

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Where is the 2021 Stanley Cup final being played?

Unlike last year"s bubble, teams will be traveling throughout the border to compete for mr Stanley"s Cup. Gamings 1,2,5 and also 7 will certainly be in Tampa and gamings 3,4 and 6 will be played in Montreal. The Canadian government and health officials listed an exemption because that the semifinals to allow the Canadiens and gold Knights come travel earlier and soon to Vegas. However like last year"s postseason, in Canada teams will be sectioned turn off from the public in a bubble and also will it is in tested everyday for COVID-19, regardless of even if it is they are totally vaccinated.

What TV channels are the 2021 Stanley Cup last games on?

United States (Game 1 and also 2): NBCSNUnited States (Games 3-7): NBCCanada (Games 1-7): CBC, Sportsnet and also TVA Sports

NHL Network will additionally have extensive live coverage transparent the Stanley Cup Final.

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What is the 2021 Stanley Cup final schedule?

Tampa just Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens


DateMatchupTime (TV channel)/Results
Mon., June 28at Tampa BayTBL, 5-1 (TBL leads 1-0)
Wed., June 30at Tampa BayTBL, 3-1 (TBL leader 2-0)
Fri., July 2at MontrealTBL, 6-3 (TBL leads 3-0)
Mon., July 5at MontrealMTL, 3-2 (OT) (TBL leader 3-1)
Wed., July 7at Tampa Bay8 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
*Fri., July 9at Montreal8 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
*Sat., July 11at Tampa Bay7 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)

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Have the Lightning or Canadiens won the Stanley Cup before?

The Lightning room the defending champions, having beat the Stars in the 2020 playoffs capper. It significant the 2nd time the franchise winner the Cup, with the other title coming in 2004 when it to win the Flames in 7 games. That roster was led by Vincent Lecavalier, martin St. Louis and Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards. 

Montreal is the residence of the NHL"s many storied franchise through 24 Cups and an NHL-best 23 since the league"s founding. The Canadiens most recently winner it in 1993, when they were backstopped by Conn Smythe winner Patrick Roy. The team to be the last Canadian team to success the Stanley Cup, and also it has actually been 10 years since a team phibìc of the border (Canucks) was in the last round.

Who has actually won the Stanley Cup from 2000 through 2020?

The Lightning"s play Maroon has actually a chance to victory back-to-back-to-back Stanley Cups; he to be a member the the 2019 champion Blues and also was on critical year"s Lightning team.

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YearChampionFinalistConn Smythe
2020Tampa just LightningDallas StarsVictor Hedman
2019St. Louis BluesBoston BruinsRyan O"Reilly
2018Washington CapitalsVegas gold KnightsAlexander Ovechkin
2017Pittsburgh PenguinsNashville PredatorsSidney Crosby
2016Pittsburgh PenguinsSan Jose SharksSidney Crosby
2015Chicago BlackhawksTampa only LightningDuncan Keith
2014Los Angeles KingsNew York RangersJustin Williams
2013Chicago BlackhawksBoston BruinsPatrick Kane
2012Los Angeles KingsNew Jersey DevilsJonathan Quick
2011Boston BruinsVancouver CanucksTim Thomas
2010Chicago BlackhawksPhiladelphia FlyersJonathan Toews
2009Pittsburgh PenguinsDetroit Red WingsEvgeni Malkin
2008Detroit Red WingsPittsburgh PenguinsHenrik Zetterberg
2007Anaheim DucksOttawa SenatorsScott Niedermayer
2006Carolina HurricanesEdmonton OilersCam Ward
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2004Tampa bay LightningCalgary FlamesBrad Richards
2003New Jersey DevilsMighty ducks of AnaheimJ-S Giguere*
2002Detroit Red WingsCarolina HurricanesNicklas Lidstrom
2001Colorado AvalancheNew Jersey DevilsPatrick Roy
2000New Jersey DevilsDallas StarsScott Stevens

* Conn Smythe winner was from the losing team in the Stanley Cup Final.