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NHL Stanley Cup Final 2021: Times, TV channels, how to watch Lightning vs. Canadiens.

Less than a year after the Stanley Cup was handed out, it's time once again for the NHL to crown its champion. It'll be a familiar one — either the defending champion or the franchise that has done it a record 24 times. Beginning on Monday, June 28, it'll be the Lightning and the Canadiens in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

They're going to get the best team that they've played against so far and we're going to get the best team that we've played against so far," said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after his team advanced.



While the 2020 playoffs were interesting in their own right, this year's playoffs are even funkier because it's an all-Atlantic Division matchup (in normal times). It also features two teams that haven't faced off since March 5, 2020, going for sports' ultimate prize.Here is everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

The Canadiens advanced to the final round after knocking out the North Division champion Maple Leafs in seven, sweeping the Jets and then beating the NHL's second-best team, the Golden Knights, in six. One day later, the Lightning advanced with a Game 7 win over the Islanders. The defending champs kicked off their 2021 run with 4-2 series win in the Battle of Florida with the Panthers before a five-game win over the Central Division's top team, the Hurricanes.

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