2004 was a year and a half! Nasa placed two landers on Mars, Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunctioned and the Tampa Bay Lightning won Lord Stanley’s Cup.
In 2020, TBL defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game 6. Florida also aced the first major title decision since ‘shelter-in-place’.
TBL’s amazing win tops a whole series of firsts:
This was first Stanley Cup Finals series since 1928 played entirely in one location.
These were first Cup Finals since 1950 played at a neutral site.
Uniquely, COVID-19 restrictions forced this Cup Final played in September.
Finally, this were the first Stanley Cup Finals since 2002 whose losing team didn’t win a home game.
Social media stood in for live crowds. Seconds after the final buzzer on the 2019-20 NHL season, the sports world stormed Twitter. The twittersphere exploded with congratulations, commiserations and ‘being the thunder’ from TBL’s notorious 2014 billboard.
TBL’s 2004 win – under head coach John Tortorella – beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 in Game 7. Tampa’s made 12 playoff seasons and three final appearances. Head coach Jon Cooper carried Tampa to the Cup finals in 2015, losing 2-0 in Game 6 to the Chicago Blackhawks.