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Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got their hands on and arms around it to embrace their Eastern Conference championship.

Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime and Tampa Bay beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 6 of the East final Thursday night and go back to the Cup Final for the first time since 2015, where it'll face the Dallas Stars. Injured captain Steven Stamkos, who wouldn't even stand near the trophy then out of superstition, walked on to the ice to accept it along with the Lightning's entire traveling party.

"It didn't work last time, so we tried obviously touching the trophy this year," alternate captain Victor Hedman said. "That was a no-brainer for us. We're not superstitious but obviously didn't touch it last time, so this year we did. That's the end of it. We won one trophy and now we're going for the next one."

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Leaders
Points: M. Barzal60
Plus/Minus: C. Cizikas12
Shots on Goal: A. Lee195
PIM: R. Johnston78
Win: S. Varlamov19
Shutouts: S. Varlamov2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 189 (24)
Shots: 2016 (30)
PP%: 17.3% (24)
Penalty Minutes: 575 (16)
Assists: 320 (21)
SH Goals: 6 (14)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
x-Washington 41 20 8 90
x-Philadelphia 41 21 7 89
x-Pittsburgh 40 23 6 86
x-Carolina 38 25 5 81
x-Columbus 33 22 15 81
x-NY Islanders 35 23 10 80
x-NY Rangers 37 28 5 79
New Jersey 28 29 12 68
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 190 (26)
Shots Against: 2123 (21)
PK%: 80.7% (15)
Penalty Minutes: 527 (22)
Shutouts: 3 (18)
Sv%: 0.911 (8)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
8/31 O. Wahlstrom Assigned to European Team AIK-Sweden
8/28 S. Holmstrom Assigned to European Team Vita Hasten HC-Sweden
7/26 J. Skarek Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
7/26 K. Bellows Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
7/26 O. Wahlstrom Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
7/26 G. Hutton Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
7/13 K. Bellows Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
7/13 O. Wahlstrom Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
7/13 S. Aho Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
7/13 G. Hutton Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL