Lightning left winger Pat Maroon on Wednesday joined one of the vital unique golf equipment in NHL historical past.
With Tampa Bay’s 1-0 victory over the Canadiens in Sport 5 of the Stanley Cup Ultimate, Maroon turned simply the fourth participant within the historical past of the league to win three straight Stanley Cups with two totally different groups. He was additionally readily available for the Lightning’s title in 2020, in addition to the Blues’ Stanley Cup-winning crew in 2019.
“Yeah, it is loopy. I used to be type of getting emotional there like a minute-forty left,” Maroon mentioned of his accomplishment. “I needed to maintain it collectively there as a result of, clearly I am not on the market, however watching these guys block photographs and muck it up and do the whole lot they will simply to, a possibility to win, However I have been very lucky, very blessed to be part of three runs and three superb groups. You won’t see me on the scoresheet however I attempt to carry a special aspect to the room and chip in after I can and simply chill out your crew somewhat bit.
“So, I am unable to put into phrases proper now. Like I mentioned, I used to be crying mainly on the bench with a minute-forty left and could not even throw my stuff off as a result of simply being a Stanley Cup champ three years in a row is fairly particular. However, it takes a gaggle, it takes a gaggle of 25 males and we did it and I am very happy with these guys. We labored in such a brief season and I am gonna reminisce about this after I retire with my son however proper now I am simply gonna soak all of it in.”
Maroon joins Ed Litzenberger, Ab McDonald and Eddie Gerard. That trio did it earlier than growth.
When requested on the ice after the sport what he’ll do with all his rings, Maroon mentioned: “I do not know but. I am absolutely pumped although that we received once more,” earlier than including: “Shave my beard off as a result of this factor has been rising for 3 years. I do not know what I will do. I will stuff it away in a protected. Man, I am simply so pumped. I need to minimize my hair, shave my beard.”
The Lightning additionally entered rarified firm Tuesday by changing into simply the fourth crew within the final 30 years — and the second of the NHL’s salary-cap period — to win consecutive Stanley Cup Finals. They be part of the Penguins (1991-92, 2016-17) and Crimson Wings (1997-98).
Sporting Information’ Jackie Spiegel contributed to this report.