One last desperate attempt failed, Dallas lost the puck and the whole of Tampa Bay gathered in a huge pile by goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky already seconds before the final signal went.
Tampa Bay had won 2-0 and a total of 4-2 in games.
- The last period was the longest in my life.
I have no words… There are so many emotions right now, says Victor Hedman in an interview on the ice immediately after the final signal and the big victory cheer
Immediately after the interview, the Swedish back star received the Conn Smythe Trophy, the prize as the most valuable player during the playoffs.
Of Swedes, only Nicklas Lidström and Henrik Zetterberg have previously received that award.
Victor Hedman was named the Most Valuable Player during the playoffs and received the Conn Smythe Trophy.
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"Means so much"
The final match was the last in the playoff bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto - all the finalists have been away from their families for over two months.
- It has been so special to be in a bubble for 80 days, but right now it is so incredibly worth it.
I'm so happy, says Hedman.
- I just wish our families and fans could be here.
Fans yes, instead of watching the match on site, they had to follow the final team via home screens, outside Tampa Bay's home arena Amalie Arena, several hundred hockey supporters had gathered to celebrate the team's first title since 2004.
- This means so much to the whole city.
It has been a fantastic journey to be with the team for so many seasons, says Hedman.
Point cracked zero
In the game itself, Tampa Bay from the first drop put pressure on Dallas, which during the first quarter barely came out of its own zone with the puck under control.
But it took a numerical superiority halfway into the period for the match zero to be broken.
When Dallas 'John Klingberg got to sit in the penalty box after a trip, the entire playoffs' goal king Brayden Point only needed half a minute to put 1-0.
The Canadian got an open street when the Dallas defense looked at the puck and let Point take care of his own return.
It was Point's fifth goal in the final series and 14th in the playoffs.
Victor Hedman then invited Dallas into the game when he went out two minutes for interference.
Dallas drummed on, but never got the puck in.
And when the team looked to come back in terms of play, Tampa Bay struck again.
Dallas' Alexander Radulov gave the puck away in the middle of a substitution and Tampa Bay thanked and accepted.
In the quick counterattack, Blake Coleman was last on the puck.
"New team now"
And there were no more goals.
With the victory, Tampa Bay has also received its revenge from last year's failure, when the best team in the regular season went out in the first round of the playoffs without winning a single match.
- We have received so many questions about it.
But it's a new team now.
It will take months or more for this to sink in, says Victor Hedman.