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The First Muslim Player Has Won The Stanley Cup

from Sony Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

For the first time in NHL history, a Muslim player had won the Stanley Cup, and would have his name etched upon it.

Back in the Kadris’ home province, it was a moment many a Muslim hockey lover will never forget. And one that required some agonizing moments endured before it arrived.

Omar Essawi, who’s part of the committee that runs the Muslim ball hockey league I-Slam Hockey out of North York, spent those final, tense moments of Game 6 with eyes flitting between the television and his phone, where his WhatsApp group chats were chiming away frenetically.

“Oh, man,” he says. “Whether it was the I-Slam [group chat] or another hockey group with some Muslims that I play with on the weekend, we were all just kind of anticipating, all just counting down the end of the game.”

It was the same story for Humaira Sedu, founder of Toronto’s Muslimah Athletic Club, an organization providing community for Muslim women who want to play the game. “I was counting down. I was like, ‘30 seconds, 20 seconds, 15,” she says. “My brother had just come home — he was walking in the door and I'm yelling at him, counting down the numbers, like, ‘They're doing it! They're doing it!’”

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Video- Top Goals From The Stanley Cup Final

Five minutes of your time.

 

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The Dominant Colorado Avalanche

from Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff,

Before the Colorado Avalanche kissed Lord Stanley’s freshly dented mug, before the champagne soaked their shirts, there was a quiet elevator ride from the press box to ice level at Amalie Arena for the disparate management groups of these two titans after a heavyweight slugfest.

There was no hooting and hollering, no backslapping, no hugging for Avalanche GM Joe Sakic and his team – definitely not in front of the competition, that isn’t in Sakic’s humble nature.

As the doors closed, Lightning GM Julien BriseBois turned to Sakic and said: “You’ve set the standard now.” Sakic thanked him, and without a blink, responded: “You showed us the way.”

It was a passing of the torch just minutes before the official passing of the Stanley Cup, to a new and worthy champion for the first time in three years. The Colorado Avalanche climbed the Stanley Cup summit for the first time since 2001 – and did so with one of the most dominant performances the hockey world has ever seen.

The Avs ran through the playoff gauntlet with a 16-4 record. Only one team since 1987, when all four rounds moved to best-of-seven, has captured the Cup with fewer than four losses: the 1988 Edmonton Oilers. That’s the type of company Colorado has kept.

In a sport so random and unpredictable, it’s so rare that a team lives up to the preseason hype and runs the table the way the Avalanche did in 2021-22. And to do it, they slayed the two-time defending champion Lightning in clinical fashion with a 2-1 win in Game 6 on Sunday night.

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Attack Mode Suits The Colorado Avalanche

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet

Watch the way Nathan MacKinnon winds up, legs chugging like hot pistons, and rampages 200 feet. A one-man breakout, a bulleting zone entry, a scoring chance waiting to happen.

Marvel at those two poems Cale Makar calls feet, as they dance sideways, glide backwards and dart forwards, breaking your ankles and writing possibilities.

Gawk at the direct, forceful lines dug by Valeri Nichushkin toward the opponents’ crease.

Yes, they operate in the NHL’s highest altitude. But that’s not the reason hockey’s newest champion, the Colorado Avalanche, will take your breath away.

“The most explosive team that we’ve played,” praised Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, prior to having the torch snatched in a six-game thriller.

“I think it’s the best team we’ve played,” added Alex Killorn.

Confirmed.

In defeating the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on a sweltering Sunday night in Florida, snuffing out Tampa’s streak of series victories at 11, this attack-mode beast of Joe Sakic’s creation asserted that, yes, offence can win championships.

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Open Post- Game 6 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Two more sleeps until game 7 or have we slept enough?

The Tampa Bay Lightning can force a Tuesday game 7 in Colorado.

A win by the Colorado Avalanche tonight will kick-off a wild celebration in the Mile High City.

Should be a good one.

Puck drop is just after 8:00pm ET on ABC, ESPN+, Sportsnet, CBC and TVAs.

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Screech!

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Welp! The Avalanche victory parade just took an unwelcome 1,858-mile detour.

Now ain’t that a disgusting development?

“It’s not supposed to be easy,” Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog said Friday night. “And it’s not going to be easy.”

Instead of hoisting the Stanley Cup, the Avs were forced to pack their bags for a trip back to that slush bowl of an ice rink in steamy Florida, after the Lightning staved off elimination from the championship series with a 3-2 victory.

“We didn’t have a choice,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “It’s do-or-die for us.”

The only way Tampa Bay can win this championship series is if goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and coach Jon Cooper steal it.

The Avs are clearly superior in every facet of hockey except perhaps where it counts the most: between the pipes and on the bench.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Force A Game 6

Ondrej Palat scored with just over 6 minutes left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie game.

Game 6 is Sunday at 8:00pm ET in Tampa.

This was a great game to watch.

Watch the game winning goal below.

added 11:18pm, game highlights are below...

added 11:26pm, HNIC highlights below too.

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Open Post- Game 5 Of The Stanley Cup Final

It's is simple tonight.  A win by the Colorado Avalanche and the on-ice celebration begins.

A win from the Tampa Bay Lightning and we have a game 6 in Tampa on Sunday at 8:00pm ET.

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The Colorado Avalanche Need One More Win

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

When the story of this NHL championship is told, the first and last words will be the same: Nazem Kadri. After the Avalanche hoist the Stanley Cup, the most rousing toast should honor a player who overcame his own demons to deliver hockey’s holy grail to Colorado.

“Oh, man. rollercoaster of emotions, thinking I was done and then having a sliver of hope … Sitting here right now is surreal,” Kadri said late Wednesday after coming off the injured list to drive a stake through the heart of Tampa Bay with a broken thumb....

“When you need him, he delivers,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said.

When it was over, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took issue with Kadri’s goal, insisting “We should probably still be playing” before bolting out of his news conference in frustration barely 90 seconds after he sat down behind the microphone.

“I’m not quite sure what he’s thinking, why it shouldn’t have counted,” said Kadri, dismissing any suggestion by Cooper the Avs could’ve been guilty of too many men on the ice when the game-winner was scored. “I put the puck in the back of the net. End of story.”

Sour grapes sound bitter from the two-time defending champs.

While far be it from me to encourage a conspiracy theory but the dude in charge of the ice at Amalie Arena let the playing surface deteriorate into roughly the same consistency as a blue raspberry Slurpee at your neighborhood 7-Eleven store, trying to negate the Avalanche’s obvious advantage in team speed.

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The Colorado Avalanche Are One Win Away From Raising The Stanley Cup

Avs win 3-2 in OT to take a 3-1 series  lead.

The Avalanche can lift the Cup on Friday at home.

The game winning OT goal from Nazem Kadri is below.

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