The NHL final series required six matches in the Edmonton bubble this year, and since then Tampa Bay Lightning raised the championship jug for the second time in the organization’s history after defeating Dallas Stars 4-2. The last puck championship was celebrated in Tampa on the Gulf of Mexico in 2004.

Dallas’ defeat knew a severe disappointment for the team’s Finnish quartet Miro Heiskanen, That Lindell, Roope Hintz and Joel Kiviranta.

“Usually the best to win”

Representing the Buffalo Sabers Rasmus Ristolainen followed the final series in Turku.

– Usually the best team wins when the best of seven series is played. This result is, of course, a real pity for the Finns of Dallas. On the other hand I am glad that Zach Bogosian got a pitcher, he is my former teammate and has not played big playoffs in his career, Ristolainen told Iltalehti.

The 30-year-old Yankee defender played the first playoffs of his NHL career and immediately the result was a jackpot. The man’s previous clubs, the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabers, did not reach the playoffs during Bogosian.

– He has a reason to celebrate now.


The Tampa championship came 363 days after the season began. Ristolainen does not question the team’s championship.

– Lightning has been a leader for some time at the top of the NHL. They deserve a pitcher now. On the other hand, when viewed from the home couch, it is exactly the same who wins the championship. I don’t have any favorites in hockey, Ristolainen said.

In football, Liverpool is Ristolainen’s favorite club.

– Liverpool has been the best club team in the world for 15 years and plays the best football. It’s a light year ahead of the rest, all football fans should take a hat off and bow to Liverpool and its style of play. Over the past five years, I have looked at about 98 percent of the team’s games, Ristolainen said.