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Open Post- Game 2 Of The Stanley Cup Final

I expect the Tampa Bay Lightning to play a more complete game tonight than the one they played in Game 1.

The Colorado Avalanche may have to adjust on the fly tonight to match the changes the Lightning make.

Goaltending wins this game.

Discuss as the game plays out.

 

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More Like Game 1

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

If the Avs’ 4-3 overtime victory over the two-time-defending Cup champs is any indication, this should be one of the most entertaining, competitive Stanley Cup Finals in recent memory.

And on the off chance it’s not, at least passionate Avs fans who waited 21 years for their favorite team to return to the Stanley Cup Final can in a nanosecond magically turn an arena into one giant Karaoke Night.

Granted, it’s one game, but what we’re seeing in front of us right now is truly special.

It’s not often you get two conference preseason favorites and arguably the two best teams in the league playing against each other in the Final. It’s not often you get two teams filled with historically good players at the peak of their eventual Hall of Fame careers.

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Video- Colorado Avalanche Take Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup 4-3 In OT

A great game to watch.

added 11:45pm, HNIC version is below.

 

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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche have much in common. Belief. Patience. Perseverance.

Each suffered heartbreak for years. Each could have made major changes. Yet each stuck with the coach, the core and the process, reshaping the supporting cast and learning how to win.

Now here they are in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning trying to win a third straight championship, the Avalanche trying to follow in their footsteps. Game 1 is at Ball Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ABC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"It's growth, is what it is," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "This didn't happen overnight."

In their first six full seasons under Cooper, the Lightning lost in the Eastern Conference First Round, lost in the Stanley Cup Final, lost in the Eastern Conference Final, missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs, lost in the conference final again and lost in the first round again.

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added 10:52am, from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

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A Look At Jared Bednar

from Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet,

When the night began, Jared Bednar was adamant. He was not yet ready to hang up the blades.

But over the course of this hot summer evening in South Carolina in 2002, his friend and former ECHL teammate Jason Fitzsimmons made a pitch that would expedite the process of Bednar becoming one of the brightest minds in the coaching fraternity.

“I had just been named the head coach and director of hockey operations of the South Carolina Stingrays and ownership told me I had to find my own replacement because I had been the assistant,” Fitzsimmons, now a pro scout with the Washington Capitals, says. “I had one guy in mind and it was Jared. That was the only call I made.”

Bednar lived around the corner from Fitzsimmons and was invited over for a chat.

Fitzsimmons shared the good news of his promotion and followed that up with his sales pitch, hoping Bednar would agree to join him behind the bench.

“I asked him about his future and he said he still wanted to play hockey, he wanted to come back and play,” says Fitzsimmons. “I had a different plan. I said it would be great if you joined my coaching staff.”

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Video- One More Sleep Before The Puck Drops On The Stanley Cup Final

Ready?

 

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NHL Coaches And Executives Make Their SCF Picks

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

I reached out to rival NHL team executives and coaches to get their take and predictions for this Cup final. Enjoy!

Head coach No. 5 via text message:

What a matchup. Goaltending matchup goes to Tampa. I think Vas will face a lot more quality chances vs Col. He has proven before on the last two cup runs that it may not matter what he faces. Rangers did not generate at five-on-five. Can Colorado goaltending hold up?

I like both teams D. Hedman is a beast. Makar, the same. Forward group goes to Avs. Deeper lines and more speed. Tampa has top guys that could carry them.

Point going to play? Tampa has a little more grind in their bottom 6 forwards.

It may come down to special teams. Can COL PP remain that dangerous? And can COL PK (78%) hold off Tampa’s PP? I’m going to go with Colorado but goalie matchup scares me.

Head coach No. 6 via text message:

Will be the best final in years. It’s hard to bet against Tampa as their will to win is amazing but Colorado is so good. Will be a great contrast in offence vs defence but Tampa shut down Florida’s offence. They can do it again. Tampa in 6.

Team executive No. 2 via text message:

I like Avs in a long series if they keep somewhat healthy. Tampa has the experience, edge in net and most likely getting Point back. But I think they have played a ton of hockey lately and in the past couple of seasons. Will be a long series and I believe the Avs will ultimately wear them down once the rust is off. Avs are deep, fast and they will get it going. It will be important for Avs to get Kadri back at some point. If any games get into a shootout, Avs can outscore TB, I believe.

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Start Date Scenarios For The Stanley Cup Final

NEW YORK (June 10, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced the schedule scenarios for the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, which will match the Colorado Avalanche against the winner of the Eastern Conference Final series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.

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Playing Against The Colorado Avalanche

from Travis Yost of TSN,

How do you beat the Colorado Avalanche?  

It’s a front-of-mind question for everyone in hockey right now. That’s how much fear the Avalanche can strike into a team.

Their skater group is the deepest and most talented in hockey. If you had any reservations about that claim a week ago, the Avalanche put an exclamation point on it by sweeping the lively Edmonton Oilers to reach the Stanley Cup Final. 

When the Avalanche are playing at their best, they look superhuman. They have high-end, superstar-level talents in Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar. The bulk of the lineup plays at a pace best described as frenetic. When the Avs are humming, they put most teams through the meat grinder.

This has been a sustained trend over time. No team has been more dominant than the Avalanche than the past three seasons, and that includes the (still alive) two-time Stanley Cup champions in Tampa Bay:

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The Colorado Avalanche Are Good

from Kristen Shilton of ESPN,

After dominating three rounds of their postseason competition, the Colorado Avalanche are headed to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Avs' superstars have delivered, as Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are both making strong cases for the Conn Smythe. But they've gotten superb production from depth players as well, including a series-winning goal from Artturi Lehkonen in Game 4 against the Edmonton Oilers. With their second series sweep of the postseason, it's taken the Avalanche only 14 games to roll through three opponents.

What makes the Avs so exciting to watch -- and so difficult for the opposition to defeat? Let's explore the key factors as Colorado has moved one step closer to the Cup.

Yes, Colorado is that good

Let's start with the facts: In eliminating Edmonton, the Avalanche became just the sixth team in the last 20 seasons to sweep a conference final series. That places Colorado in elite company -- but not necessarily on the fast track to a Stanley Cup win.

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