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NHL-Tampa Bay beat Montreal to retain Stanley Cup

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By Frank Pingue (Reuters) -The Tampa Bay Lightning became only the third back-to-back Stanley Cup champions in the last quarter of a century with a 1-0 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. The Lightning clinched the best-of-seven series 4-1 in front of a packed arena to end a magical run by Montreal, who were ice hockey-mad Canada’s latest hope of ending the country’s longest Stanley Cup drought. No Canada-based team has won the Cup since Montreal in 1993, a national embarrassment for hockey-mad Canadians. Unlike last year, when Tampa Bay won the Cup without fans present insi…

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