Lightning left winger Pat Maroon on Wednesday joined one of the unique golf equipment in NHL historical past.
With Tampa Bay’s 1-0 victory over the Canadiens in Recreation 5 of the Stanley Cup Ultimate, Maroon turned simply the fourth participant within the historical past of the league to win three straight Stanley Cups with two completely different groups. He was additionally available for the Lightning’s title in 2020, in addition to the Blues’ Stanley Cup-winning group in 2019.
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“Yeah, it’s crazy. I was kind of getting emotional there like a minute-forty left,” Maroon mentioned of his accomplishment. “I had to keep it together there because, obviously I’m not out there, but watching these guys block shots and muck it up and do everything they can just to, an opportunity to win, But I’ve been very fortunate, very blessed to be a part of three runs and three very good teams. You might not see me on the scoresheet but I try to bring a different element to the room and chip in when I can and just relax your team a little bit.
“So, I can not put into phrases proper now. Like I mentioned, I used to be crying mainly on the bench with a minute-forty left and could not even throw my stuff off as a result of simply being a Stanley Cup champ three years in a row is fairly particular. However, it takes a gaggle, it takes a gaggle of 25 males and we did it and I am very pleased with these guys. We labored in such a brief season and I am gonna reminisce about this once I retire with my son however proper now I am simply gonna soak all of it in.”
Maroon joins Ed Litzenberger, Ab McDonald and Eddie Gerard. That trio did it before expansion.
When asked on the ice after the game what he’ll do with all his rings, Maroon said: “I do not know but. I am absolutely pumped although that we gained once more,” before adding: “Shave my beard off as a result of this factor has been rising for 3 years. I do not know what I will do. I will stuff it away in a secure. Man, I am simply so pumped. I need to lower my hair, shave my beard.”
The Lightning also entered rarified company Tuesday by becoming just the fourth team in the last 30 years — and the second of the NHL’s salary-cap era — to win consecutive Stanley Cup Finals. They join the Penguins (1991-92, 2016-17) and Red Wings (1997-98).
Sporting Information’ Jackie Spiegel contributed to this report.