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Tampa Bay Lightning join elite list of NHL teams to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships

The Bolts are the youngest franchise to complete the feat.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have secured more than just back-to-back Stanley Cup victories-- they've marked their place in NHL history.

The Bolts beat the Canadiens in Game 5 of their best of seven Stanley Cup Final series, becoming one of nine teams to ever bring home back-to-back championship titles. 

They're also the youngest franchise to complete the feat.

The elite list of consecutive champs dates back to professional hockey's 1955-1956 season and has continued to span several decades. 

Here's the shortlist of teams and their records:

  • Montréal Canadiens: The team has gone on a Stanley Cup-winning streak on several occasions but their longest record sits at five back-to-back victories.
  • New York Islanders: While it’s been a while, the team won four Stanley Cups in a row in the 80s.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: The team has seen two separate championship streaks with three victories apiece.
  • St. Louis Eagles: Secured back-to-back championships on one occasion from 1919-1921 seasons.
  • Detroit Red Wings: The team has seen multiple victories across three different decades.
  • Philadelphia Flyers: In the 1970s the team found themselves with a two-championship series under their belt.
  • Edmonton Oilers: The team could have locked in four consecutive titles if it wasn’t for the 1985-1986 season.
  • Pittsburg Penguins: Won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships from 2015-2017 

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