Prince of Wales Lightning Touch Trophy after victory in Game 7
The Tampa Bay Lightning have touched the Prince of Wales Trophy and are hoping history will repeat itself.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly presented the trophy to the captain Steven stamkos following a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Friday. Stamkos picked up the trophy before he and his teammates posed for photos with it.
“Everyone who was in that photo is part of our squad and we wanted to make sure everyone was there when we took the photo,” said the Tampa Bay forward. Yanni Gourde mentionned. “These guys work hard. The staff … everyone has worked so hard for this organization and everyone puts the team above themselves. It’s part of our culture and it was great. to see this. “
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The Lightning touched the Prince of Wales Trophy last season and won the Stanley Cup, beating the Dallas Stars in six games. In 2015, when Stamkos left it untouched, they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the Cup Final. In 2004, Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk didn’t lift it, and they won the Cup, beating the Calgary Flames in seven games.
Four of the last five teams to win the Cup have touched the Prince of Wales Trophy. Before last season, Sidney crosby touched him in 2016 and 2017 before helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Cup each season, and Alex Ovechkin did the same in 2018 with the Washington Capitals, which won the Cup.
The tradition of leaving the Prince of Wales Trophy has not worked well for the Eastern Conference champions in recent seasons. The Boston Bruins in 2011 are the most recent team to win the Cup after choosing not to touch it. The last five teams not to have lost the Cup final.
captain of the bruins Zdeno Chara did not touch the trophy in 2019, and Boston lost to the St. Louis Blues in seven games in the Cup Final. The New Jersey Devils (2012), Bruins (2013), New York Rangers (2014) and Lightning (2015) all lost the Cup Final after refusing to touch the trophy.
Due to a temporary divisional realignment due to COVID-19 this season, the third round of the playoffs has been renamed semi-final, instead of conference final.
The Prince of Wales Trophy had been awarded to the Eastern Conference champion since the 1993-94 season.
The Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in the other semifinal, missed the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, usually awarded to the Western Conference champion.