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Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING WIN THE STANLEY CUP ON NBC

Notes and Quotes – Stanley Cup Final Game 6 on NBC

Lightning Capture Franchise’s Second Stanley Cup with 2-0 Victory Against Dallas Stars in Game 6

“Incredible theater and incredible entertainment… The Tampa Bay Lightning were on a mission, no doubt about it.” – Eddie Olczyk

“He only played part of one period dating back to February, but there is no one who denies how important he was.”  – Doc Emrick on Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 29, 2020 – NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final culminated tonight in historic fashion on NBC, as the Tampa Bay Lightning won the second Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 27-year history (also won in 2004) by defeating the Dallas Stars in a 2-0 shutout in Game 6 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. All Stanley Cup Final games were played at Rogers Place.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and Brian Boucher called the game along with Pierre McGuire providing reports and player interviews. Olczyk, Boucher and McGuire were on site at Rogers Place, while Emrick called the action from a home studio. Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp provided studio commentary during intermissions and post-game from NBC Sports’ headquarters in Stamford, Conn. John Forslund also provided commentary from Rogers Place during pre-game coverage.

Tonight’s NHL Live included a feature on Philip Pritchard, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Keeper of the Cup. Pre-game coverage also included a feature on Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point.

Following are notes and quotes from the Lightning’s Cup-clinching victory:

POST-GAME

Emrick on 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: “Concluding a two-month period of tremendous competition, unity among all the players, both in and away from the bubble. Game 130. Day 59. One team will get their names on the trophy, the other disappointed. But deep in the heart of Texas, what a gallant performance from the team in green…after (the Lightning) congratulate each other and get over the glorious shock of having won, they realize there is another noble tradition of all of this – and that is the handshakes.”

Emrick on Lightning captain Steven Stamkos: “He only played part of one period dating back to February, but there is no one who denies how important he was.”

Olczyk on 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: “A lot of people said that the National Hockey League wouldn’t be able to pull this off – and they did in a big way with a boatload of help from a lot of people. These teams, these coaches, these players, these trainers, the medical professionals – incredible theater and incredible entertainment, with the understanding of what’s going on in the real world. A valiant effort by the Dallas Stars. The Tampa Bay Lightning were on a mission, no doubt about it.”

Olczyk on the Lightning: “No team had more pressure on them at the start of the bubble scenario than the Tampa Bay Lightning…they really changed the makeup of their club, they went out and got a little bigger, got a little tougher, got a little deeper…sometimes you have to have some adversity and sometimes you have to get knocked down, but the true colors of someone or some team aren’t when things are great but when things are tough, and that’s when you show what the hell you’re made of.”

Tappen: “The greatest trophy in all of sports being handed out to the team that deserved it most.”

Sharp on Stamkos: “Steven Stamkos was their inspirational leader…Tampa won the Stanley Cup without their best forward or one of their best forwards. That’s how dangerous this team was.”

Jones on the Lightning: “They put on a very good demonstration of everything they represented tonight. They defended well, they got goals, got goaltending, they were the better team, the best team throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs and deserved to hoist the Cup at the end.”

Sharp on Tampa Bay RW Nikita Kucherov: “He’s been through a lot with this Tampa Bay team. A few losses over the years. I thought he was really impressive in this postseason, how he fought through some tough checking in the Boston and Columbus series, and you see by his body language how much it means to him.”

Carter while watching the Lightning’s champagne-drenched locker room celebration: “I go back to the other team celebrations. You watch basketball, you watch baseball, you watch football, and this is once again another example of why hockey players are the toughest players – no ski goggles. (laughter) Guys are in there toughing it out. The champagne’s flowing, the beer is flowing, that stuff stings your eyes, but hockey players are going without the goggles.”

THIRD PERIOD

Emrick: “And the Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup!”

Emrick on the Stanley Cup: “It is glorious, magnificent, the words don’t really describe it, especially when you get to hold it…the sacrifices that you make to somehow or another try to get that Cup in your hands and eventually get your name on it.”

SECOND INTERMISSION

Sharp on Tampa Bay: “They’re right there, 20 minutes away…I can tell you there is no fatigue, no injuries in that Tampa Bay locker room. They’re going to all have legs and be buzzing around…it’s a special time for Tampa Bay.”

SECOND PERIOD

Olczyk on strong play of Lightning: “Tampa can feel it right now. Dallas does not have a lot of energy here and hasn’t had a lot of energy in this second period. Dallas looks like they’re playing uphill and Tampa is playing downhill.”

Boucher on C Blake Coleman’s goal, 2-0 Lightning: “The Dallas Stars fan growing up gets one against his favorite team as a kid and makes it 2-0. Good job by (Patrick) Maroon to pick this off in the neutral zone and drive the center lane which opens up the passing lane…a terrific play executed perfectly by Maroon, (Cedric) Paquette and Coleman.”

Olczyk on Tampa Bay LW Patrick Maroon: “The hand-eye coordination by Patrick Maroon, who won the Stanley Cup last year in St. Louis, comes to Tampa…Maroon had just jumped on the ice, knocks it out of mid-air.”

FIRST INTERMISSION

Carter on Dallas C Joe Pavelski: “As a player in the locker room, you learn more from the guy sitting next to you in the uniform than the guy sitting behind you with the cheap suit on…the coaching staff can tell you what they want to tell you, but you learn from the players around you. You watch Joe Pavelski play the game. It’s not all about scoring goals, he blocks shots, he’s huge in faceoffs, his whole all-around game really talks about what he’s all about – winning hockey games.”

FIRST PERIOD

Boucher on C Brayden Point’s goal, 1-0 Lightning: “(Anton) Khudobin was not able to corral that puck, I think he thought it was in between his arm and his rib. It wasn’t. An easy put away for Brayden Point.”

Boucher on Stars to end first period: “Some positive momentum for the Dallas Stars at the end of this period. They don’t score, but they get some chances.”

PRE-GAME

Sharp on playing in a Cup-clinching game: “Some of the best advice I ever got was to try and stay as relaxed as you can leading up to the game. Trust when that puck drops, adrenaline will be going, energy will be flowing through your body…it’s something that is on your mind the entire game. Every shift you’re on the ice, the play you make could win or lose the game for your team.”

Jones on this year’s Tampa Bay Lightning: “They’ve been really resilient and bouncing back after difficult losses. In previous seasons, I’d be worried about Tampa. I’m not worried about them tonight. I think they find a way to get the job done. It’s a different Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.”

Sharp on pre-game mentality: “Lot of nervous energy, usually you hear that crowd going in whatever building you are in…these guys are manufacturing their own energy, their own intensity and it’s been really impressive to see throughout this entire postseason, the level of hockey we get to watch. It’s an empty building they are playing in, we have to remind everyone about that, looks like playoff hockey from where I’m sitting.”

Sharp on pressure facing the Lightning: “I don’t want to speak for the players in the Tampa Bay locker room, but I would think the pressure falls on their shoulders. The series at 3-1, everyone was counting out the Dallas Stars, planning the parade for the Lightning…they’ve had a full day to digest and understand they have two cracks at this thing.”

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