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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.

added 11:41pm, game highlights are below...

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Open Post- Game 4 Of The Stanley Cup Final

A win tonight by the Colorado Avalanche means they can win the Cup on home ice in game 5 on Friday.

A win by the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight means a guaranteed game 6 back in Tampa.

What will it be?


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A Goalie Issue In Colorado?

from Ryan O'Halloran; of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche are back in a familiar situation this postseason with a series lead but without a lead goalie.

Squandering an opportunity to take command of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning here Monday night, the Avalanche were sub-par in all three zones. And, goalie Darcy Kuemper was removed after allowing five goals on 22 shots of an eventual 6-2 Lightning win.

“I didn’t think he had a good night; neither did our team so you win as a team and lose as a team and I group him in with everybody else,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Kuemper.

The good news: The Avalanche lead the series 2-1 and are two wins away from a championship.

The bad news: It may require a second goalie to get the Avs across the finish line. Again.


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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Now Down 2-1 To The Colorado Avalanche

Here's the game highlights of Tampa's 6-2 win over Colorado.


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So Far The Colorado Avalanche Have Been Dominant

from Travis Yost of TSN,

How do you plan for a team as talented as the Colorado Avalanche? That is the question we explored last week, concluding two points. The first: Most every team in the National Hockey League is ill-equipped to deal with the skill and depth of the Colorado roster. The second: Teams that have given Colorado trouble took their transitional offence and deadly power play out of the equation.

Again, that’s easier said than done – you not only need a bunch of very capable two-way players, but you also need a system that allows for more meaningful puck possession, and just as importantly, a slower pace of play in the neutral zone. We have seen in years past with teams like the St. Louis Blues (as recently as the second round) and the Vegas Golden Knights (last season) that taking away Colorado’s all-tempo-all-the-time style of hockey is the most viable path to winning.

So, what did we see in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final? Unfortunately for Tampa Bay and their quest to three-peat, a lot of futility.

No one would be foolish enough to write off Jon Cooper’s team just yet, but the Lightning look slow and are turning the puck over way too frequently.


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From Both Sides - Tampa Bay Lightning/Colorado Avalanche

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

So, this is what it feels like.

The helplessness, the hopelessness, the utter embarrassment of showing up for a hockey game and realizing the team on the other bench is playing at a level you cannot comprehend.

Sheesh, kind of makes you feel sorry for Florida.

And Boston. And Carolina, and every other team the Lightning has skated past in recent postseasons.

Because what Colorado did to Tampa Bay in a 7-0 victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night was every bit as soul crushing as anything the Lightning have done to an opponent in recent seasons. Maybe even worse.

The good news is the Lightning will be leaving the thin air of the Rocky Mountains on Sunday morning. The bad news is they will be on thin ice by the time they get back home to Tampa Bay.


from Mark Kiszl of the Denver Post,

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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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