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Lightning better equipped for title

Updated: June 8, 2004, 8:54 AM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The better team won.

Slice it, dice it, cut up referee Kerry Fraser, the NHL's video replay system or even the idea of hockey in a city so far removed from the game's roots that they had to explain the concept of indoor ice, but the Tampa Bay Lightning earned the right to be called Stanley Cup champions.

They beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 Monday in the St. Pete Times Forum and won the Stanley Cup finals, 4-3. Say what you will about the sideshows and controversies that ...

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