Sure, plenty of professional sports teams have won back-to-back championships in the past. But, apparently, no team has done it as quickly as the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
As ESPN Stats & Info shared via Twitter on Thursday, Elias Sports taps the Lightning's repeat championship run as the shortest in the history of all the major sports in the country.
The Lightning went 282 days between titles. Per @EliasSports, this is the shortest span between two Stanley Cup championships, NFL championships, World Series championships or NBA championships.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 8, 2021
Of course, the pandemic and truncated seasons played a huge role in making that window of time between Cup Finals so short. Still, Tampa Bay deserves credit for getting there two years in a row in the first place.
The Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, hoisting Lord Stanley's Mug on home ice. They tried for a series sweep, but Montreal held them off with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4 -- a game that also has some historical value.