Watch ex-Shark Goodrow lifts Cup with Lightning, pad playoff résumé originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Goodrow and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars -- and former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski -- in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. San Jose traded Goodrow and a 2020 third-round pick to Tampa Bay in February in exchange for a first-round pick in this year's draft and minor-league forward Anthony Greco.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presented the Cup to injured Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who then gave it to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Victor Hedman. Goodrow was the 18th Lightning player to lift the Cup on Monday night, according to The Associated Press' Stephen Whyno, and the former Shark handed it off to fellow trade-deadline acquisition Blake Coleman.
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Beginning Aug. 1, the Lightning played the entirety of the playoffs in arenas devoid of fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players were allowed to have their families stay in the Edmonton bubble at the start of the conference finals. As a result, Goodrow was able to celebrate the crowning moment of his career with his mother and father.
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The Lightning paid a hefty price to acquire Goodrow before the trade deadline, but he provided Tampa Bay with effective depth. Goodrow averaged 18:15 of ice time in 25 round-robin and playoff games, over six minutes more than his average in six seasons with the Sharks. Coleman, Goodrow and Yanni Gourde formed one of the best lines in the playoffs, outscoring opponents 11-6 in just over 287 5-on-5 minutes together, according to Natural Stat Trick.
Five hundred and fourteen days after memorably scoring the overtime-winning goal in Game 7 of the Sharks' first-round series with the Vegas Golden Knights, Goodrow added more OT heroics to his highlight reel. He assisted on Anthony Cirelli's Eastern Conference finals-clinching goal on Sept. 17, sending the Lightning to the Cup Final.
Goodrow played 14 regular-season game, but none in the playoffs, when the Sharks made their only Cup Final in 2015-16. Three years after that, he knocked out the Knights and became a San Jose legend.
And on Monday, he ensured his name's permanent place on the Stanley Cup.