NHL playoffs: Wild beats Lightning to win Cup


The Minnesota Wild defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday to win the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season.

The Wild won its fifth consecutive game in regulation, the most by a team in a season in NHL history.

It was the fifth time in NHL playoff history that a team has won four straight games and tied the Stanley.

The Lightning, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, were 0-4-0 all-time in regulation games against Minnesota.

They haven’t won a regulation game in the playoffs since 1999.

The second overtime goal of the game came when Brandon Saad beat Tampa Bay goalie Anthony Stolarz to give the Wild a 3-0 lead.

Saad scored a power-play goal with 3:03 remaining that gave Minnesota the 2-0 advantage.

It made it 3-1.

The game was halted when Saad’s shot went off Stolarzes arm, but it was too late.

It broke a 3:10 span of play, ending the game.

After the overtime period, Minnesota was without forwards Ryan Suter (concussion), Mikael Granlund (upper body), Nicklas Backstrom (hip), Andrew MacDonald (upper-body), Niklas Backlund (lower body) and Kevin Hayes (back).

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