Tampa Bay Lightning reach third consecutive Stanley Cup Final with Game 6 win vs. New York Rangers

The Tampa Bay Lightning are heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the third consecutive season and the reward is starting on the road again against the Western Conference’s top regular-season team.

Captain Steven Stamkos scored two goals, the second just 21 seconds after the Rangers had tied the game in the third period.

"We don’t care how it gets done, it just needs to get done," he told reporters after the game.

I’m very proud of this group. We’re going to the Finals again and have a chance to do something special.”

Stamkos opened the scoring in Saturday's goaltending battle when his wrist shot eluded a partially screened Igor Shesterkin at 10:43 of the second period.

Stamkos was in the penalty box when New York's Frank Vatrano tied the game on a power play at 13:07 of the third period.

But Stamkos scored on the next shift on a 2-on-1 break when the rebound of his shot went in off his leg.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 20 saves and was aided by 17 blocked shots by defenders.

Hedman rubbed his jaw as he sat on the bench and had to go to the dressing room, presumably because of concussion protocol.