Steven Stamkos scores twice, takes Lightning to the Stanley Cup final

TAMPA, Florida (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning’s bid for a three-peat is alive and well.

With the captain Steven Stamkos pioneering, the two-time defending champions 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday night, securing a spot in the Stanley Cup final for the third consecutive year.

“It will be difficult to get out of the moment and look back and understand what a special group we have here because there are still a few games to play,” said Stamkos. “You are not at the end of our goal yet, but in saying that this group is quite amazing and quite special.”

Stamkos scored two goals and Andrei Vasilevsky had 20 saves for Lightning, who won the 4–2 series, winning four straight games after losing their first two away games, and will face Colorado Avalanche in the Cup final.

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