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The quest for the Stanley Cup is down to the final two.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens will square off in the Stanley Cup Final, starting Monday in Tampa.

If the Lightning win, they would become the third repeat champions in 23 years, joining the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings and the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.

If the Canadiens win, they would become the first Canadian champion since Montreal won in 1993.

The Canadiens will start on the road, as they have throughout the playoffs. They were on the brink of elimination in the first round but won 11 of 13 to upset the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights.

The Lightning are back in the Final after beating the Florida Panthers (six games), Carolina Hurricanes (five) and New York Islanders (seven).

Stanley Cup Final

All times Eastern. Best of seven. *-if necessary

Lightning lead 2-0

Game 1: Lightning 5, Canadiens 1

Game 2: Lightning 3, Canadiens 1

Friday, July 2: Tampa Bay at Montreal, 8 NBC

Monday, July 5: Tampa Bay at Montreal, 8, NBC

*Wednesday, July 7: Montreal at Tampa Bay, 8, NBC

*Friday, July 9: Tampa Bay at Montreal, 8, NBC

*Sunday, July 11: Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7,NBC

Semifinals

No. 1 Vegas vs. No. 4 Montreal

Canadiens win 4-2

Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Canadiens 1

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2

Game 3: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

Game 4: Golden Knights 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

Game 5: Canadiens 4, Golden Knights 1

Game 6: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

No. 2 Tampa Bay vs. No. 3 New York Islanders

Lightning 4-3

Game 1: Islanders 2, Lightning 1

Game 2: Lightning 4, Islanders 2

Game 3: Lightning 2, Islanders 1

Game 4: Islanders 3, Lightning 2

Game 5: Lightning 8, Islanders 0

Game 6: Islanders 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

Game 7: Lightning 1, Islanders 0

Second round

All times Eastern. Best of seven. *-if necessary

East Division

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 4 New York Islanders

Islanders win 4-2

Game 1: Bruins 5, Islanders 2

Game 2: Islanders 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

Game 3: Bruins 2, Islanders 1 (OT)

Game 4: Islanders 4, Bruins 1

Game 5: Islanders 5, Bruins 4

Game 6: Islanders 6, Bruins 2

Central Division

No. 1 Carolina vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay

Lightning win 4-1

Game 1: Lightning 2, Hurricanes 1

Game 2: Lightning 2, Hurricanes 1

Game 3: Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

Game 4: Lightning 6, Hurricanes 4

Game 5: Lightning 2, Hurricanes 0

West Division

No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 2 Vegas

Golden Knights win 4-2

Game 1: Avalanche 7, Golden Knights 1

Game 2: Avalanche 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT) 

Game 3: Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 2

Game 4: Golden Knights 5, Avalanche 1

Game 5: Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)

Game 6: Golden Knights 6, Avalanche 3

North Division

No. 3 Winnipeg vs. No. 4 Montreal

Canadiens win 4-0

Game 1: Canadiens 5, Jets 3

Game 2: Canadiens 1, Jets 0

Game 3: Canadiens 5, Jets 1

Game 4: Canadiens 3, Jets 2 (OT)

First round

All times ET. Best of seven. *-if necessary

EAST DIVISION

No 1. Pittsburgh vs. No. 4 NY Islanders

Islanders win 4-2

Game 1: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Game 2: Penguins 2, Islanders 1

Game 3: Penguins 5, Islanders 4

Game 4: Islanders 4, Penguins 1 

Game 5: Islanders 3, Penguins 2 (2OT)

Game 6: Islanders 5, Penguins 3

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Boston

Bruins win 4-1

Game 1: Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Game 2: Bruins 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

Game 3: Bruins 3, Capitals 2 (2OT)

Game 4: Bruins 4, Capitals 1

Game 5: Bruins 3, Capitals 1

CENTRAL DIVISION

No. 1 Carolina vs. No. 4 Nashville

Hurricanes win 4-2

Game 1: Hurricanes 5, Predators 2

Game 2: Hurricanes 3, Predators 0

Game 3: Predators 5, Hurricanes 4 (2OT)

Game 4: Predators 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)

Game 5: Hurricanes 3, Predators 2 (OT)

Game 6: Hurricanes 4, Predators 3 (OT)

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay  

Lightning win 4-2

Game 1: Lightning 5, Panthers 4

Game 2: Lightning 3, Panthers 1

Game 3: Panthers 6, Lightning 5 (OT)

Game 4: Lightning 6, Panthers 2

Game 5: Panthers 4, Lightning 1

Game 6: Lightning 4, Panthers 0

WEST DIVISION

No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 4 St. Louis

Avalanche win 4-0

Game 1: Avalanche 4, Blues 1

Game 2: Avalanche 6, Blues 3

Game 3: Avalanche 5, Blues 1

Game 4: Avalanche 5, Blues 2

No. 2 Vegas vs. No. 3 Minnesota

Golden Knights win 4-3 

Game 1: Wild 1, Golden Knights 0 (OT)

Game 2: Golden Knights 3, Wild 1

Game 3: Golden Knights 5, Wild 2

Game 4: Golden Knights 4, Wild 0 

Game 5: Wild 4, Golden Knights 2

Game 6: Wild 3, Golden Knights 0

Game 7: Golden Knights 6, Wild 2

NORTH DIVISION

No. 1 Toronto vs. No. 4 Montreal 

Canadiens win 4-3

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 1

Game 2: Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 1

Game 3: Maple Leafs 2, Canadiens 1

Game 4: Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 0

Game 5: Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

Game 6: Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT)

Game 7: Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 1

No. 2 Edmonton vs. No. 3 Winnipeg

Jets win 4-0

Game 1: Jets 4, Oilers 1

Game 2: Jets 1, Oilers 0 (OT)  

Game 3: Jets 5, Oilers 4 (OT)

Game 4: Jets 4, Oilers (3OT)

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