5. The Champs are Still Standing
In almost every series of this run, the Lightning have been pushed to extents we did not see in their previous two runs to the cup. Toronto left the door open in round one, the Rangers left the door open in round three, and now Colorado has left the door open in the Final. Until that door is completely slammed shut, locked, and the key is buried, they will never, ever go away.
They have proved it time and time again why they are the champs. They had every reason to give in. Between the mounting injuries and going up against an opponent who truthfully might just be better than them. It has felt like this just might be the end of the run, but we will have to wait another game to see how this thing ends. And once again, as long as they are still standing, they are never dead.