Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau Bet on Stanley Cup Final Outcome: 'You're on Pal'

President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final, which feature a Canadian franchise for the first time in a decade.

Much to delight of NHL fans, the exchange that led to the two placing a wager on the series unfolded on the most public of platforms—Twitter—shortly before Game 1 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens got underway on Monday night.

"Two of the best teams in the NHL are facing off right now. How about a friendly wager, @POTUS?," Trudeau, a die-hard Canadiens fan, tweeted.

Biden accepted the offer almost immediately.

"You're on pal. #GoBolts," the president replied.

You’re on pal. #GoBolts

— President Biden (@POTUS) June 29, 2021

Trudeau and Biden did not disclose what they were wagering but the former faces an uphill battle to win the bet after the Canadiens, the first team from north of the border to play in the Stanley Cup finals since the Vancouver Canucks lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins in 2011, were trounced 5-1 in the series opener.

Looking to become the first team since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017 to win back-to-back Stanley Cups, the Lightning opened the scoring through Erik Cernak in the first period, before Yanni Gourde doubled the lead six minutes into the second period.

Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and US President Joe Biden during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, south-west England on June 11. Trudeau and Biden have agreed to bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final. Kevin Lamarque/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

Ben Chiarot's first goal of the playoffs cut the deficit to one goal, only for Tampa Bay to score three unanswered goals in the final period as Nikita Kucherov netted twice and Steven Stamkos added a power play goal.

With his two goals and the assist of Stamkos' goal, Kucherov became only the third player in NHL history after all-time greats Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux to score at least 30 points in consecutive postseasons. Over the last 25 years, only Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin in 2009 has taken fewer than Kucherov's 19 games this year to reach the 30-point threshold in the playoffs.

Stamkos was full of praise for his teammate, who was named league MVP in 2019.

"That's one of the best players in the world," Tampa Bay's captain told ESPN after the game. "He's playing like a beast right now. He's so, so good."

In their quest to end their 28-year wait for Lord's Stanley Cup, the Canadiens have repeatedly defied the odds in the playoffs this season. The fourth seed in the North Division, Montreal had the lowest points tally of any of the 16 teams that qualified for the playoffs and had to come back from 3-1 down in the first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, before sweeping the Winnipeg Jets in the second round and defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in the Stanley Cup semifinals.

Despite their heroics, Montreal entered the final series with just a 24.2 percent to win the Stanley Cup, according to The Athletic's statistical model, which takes into account each player's game score against the current opponent as well as him game over the last six weeks.

Chiarot, however, insisted the 5-1 thrashing in Game 1 would not dent Montreal's belief.

"We have full confidence in our young players up front. We wouldn't be at this point of the playoffs if we didn't have full confidence in them and what they can do in our own end," he told ESPN. "Of course there's matchups that we'd like to get, but that's not a luxury that you have when you're on the road."

The series remains in Florida for Game 2, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Stanley Cup Finals Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) and right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrate after Cernak scored the opening goal of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens on June 28 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning won the series opener 5-1. Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images