Lightning strikes twice: Tampa Bay repeats as Cup champion

  • Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrate the team’s Stanley Cup finals series in Game 5 of the NHL hockey finals, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

  • Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman David Savard hoists the Stanley Cup after the series win in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals against the Montreal Canadiens, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup after the series win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

TAMPA, Fla. — Quieting the din inside Amalie Arena for just a moment, Gary Bettman looked over to the Tampa Bay Lightning and reached back into the dark days of the pandemic perhaps one last time.