Hockey world reacts to Lightning joining back-to-back Stanley Cup club

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup after the team's 1-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals. (Bruce Bennett/AP)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have joined an elite club.

Having clinched the Stanley Cup after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 of the Final, the Lightning became the ninth franchise to win back-to-back Cups.

That feat, coupled with their overall playoff domination in recent seasons, led to an outpouring of congratulatory messages on social media.

But there was plenty of love for the Canadiens after a magnificent playoff run and their first appearance in a Stanley Cup Final since 1993.

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