The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2004 after a Game 6 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Brayden Point and Blake Coleman scored as Tampa Bay recorded a 2-0 victory at Rogers Place in Edmonton to win their second Stanley Cup thanks to a 4-2 series success.

After scoring 10 goals and providing 12 assists in 25 games, Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP.

"It's the best moment of our hockey lives," the defenseman said, via NHL.com.

"So many emotions. It's going to take months for it to sink in, but we're going to be champions forever, we're going to be on that Cup forever.

"It's what you imagine all your life."

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in Game 6 to earn the shutout.

Florida followed in the footsteps of Arizona by announcing it is open to professional sports teams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Arizona governor Doug Ducey opened the door for sport to return to the state without fans on Saturday following the COVID-19 outbreak, which has wreaked havoc globally.

The NBA, NHL and MLS seasons have been postponed, while the start of the 2020 MLB campaign has been delayed.

But Florida's Ron DeSantis became the second governor to clear the way for sport to resume on Wednesday.

"All these professional sports are going to be welcomed in Florida," DeSantis said in a news conference midweek. "That may not be the case in every other state in this country, as we've seen.

"So what I would tell commissioners of leagues is, if you have a team in an area where they just won't let them operate, we'll find a place for you here in the state of Florida. Because we think it's important and we know that it can be done safely."

The United States has been the hardest country hit, with more than 1.4 million confirmed cases and over 85,000 deaths.

Last week's UFC 249 event was held behind closed doors in Jacksonville, Florida, while WrestleMania 36 took place in Orlando.

"Our people are starved to have some of this back in their lives," DeSantis said Wednesday. "It's an important part of people's lives."

Tampa Bay Lightning star center Steven Stamkos has recovered from core muscle surgery and will be ready to play when the NHL season resumes. 

Stamkos was injured on February 25 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and underwent a procedure six days later.

He missed seven games before the NHL season was put on hold on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

"He improves every single day," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Stamkos. "I have no idea when things are going to get back together, but we have anticipated that all of our guys will be ready when that time comes."

Stamkos was second on the team with 29 goals and 66 points when the season was paused.

He is on the verge of his seventh career 30-goal season and ranks sixth among active players with 422 goals since being drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 2008. 

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