Avalanche win 3rd Stanley Cup in franchise history, defeating defending champion Lighting in Game 6 – CBS Denver

 Avs fans everywhere were able to rejoice on Sunday night, as the Colorado Avalanche made team history for the third time, winning Game 6 over defending champion Tampa Bay Lighting to be crowned the 2022 Stanley Cup Final champions.

The Avalanche continued their playoff success on the road and avoided a Game 7 with a win in Tampa in front of the opposing team’s crowd at Amalie Arena.

As many know, the last time the Avs hoisted the Cup was in 2001 with a series win over the New Jersey Devils, when current general manager Joe Sakic was the captain.

Colorado began the final series with two straight wins, taking advantage of home ice. The team finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference, securing home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

The second and final rounds were the only two that required the Avs to play more than 5 games, as they were able to sweep teams in the first and conference final rounds.

Cale Makar finished the playoffs leading all defensemen with the most points scored in the post-season. The team saw four of its top players in Makar, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan Mackinnon, and Mikko Rantanen score 20 points or more in 20 games to claim the Stanley Cup.

Another highlight during the cup run came in the final series when forward Nazem Kadri scored a game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 after coming off of injury. He had injured his thumb during the conference final against the Edmonton Oilers.

The successful run was also marked by contributions from the Avs’ goalie tandem. Both Darcy Kuemper and Pavel Francouz served in the net for the Colorado team. Backup Francouz came up big for his team when starter Kuemper left Game 1 against Edmonton. Francouz would finish that game for his teammate with a win and went on to help the team complete the sweep against the Oilers. Kuemper was able to return in the final round and hold down the net to help his team claim victory…..Full Loaf Hot Link[read more]

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