A year after the NHL season began, the Stanley Cup Finals are here - The Boston Globe The pick here is the Lightning in six, in a matchup of two warm-weather teams in the league's northernmost outpost. Stars hammer Lightning to open Stanley Cup FinalA well-rested Dallas manhandled weary Tampa Bay en route to an impressive Game 1 win in Edmonton. Stars get the jump on Lightning - The Boston GlobeThe Dallas Stars took advantage of the Lightning's banged-up state as well as the superlative goaltending of Anton Khudobin to get past Tampa, 4-1, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay Lightning defeat New York Islanders in Game 6 to advance to Stanley Cup Final Lighting beat Islanders to reach Stanley Cup FinalsAnthony Cirelli scored in overtime to send the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Jordan Eberle scores in second OT to save Islanders from elimination by Lightning - The Boston GlobeThe Tampa Lightning played Game 5 without Brayden Point, who also missed Game 3 with an undisclosed injury. Islanders stay alive with 2OT win over LightningJordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the New York Islanders avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Tampa Bay closes within one game of Stanley Cup final - The Boston GlobeIslanders Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point, and Nikita Kucherov combined on a third-period goal that provided some breathing room after a furious stretch of three quick goals in the second.