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Video- Jon Cooper On Last Night’s Media Availability

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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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The Tampa Bay Lightning Played Their Game

from Nicholas J. Costsonika of NHL.com,

There is truth to the narrative that the Tampa Bay Lightning showed the heart of a champion Monday, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena.

The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions had been overwhelmed in a 7-0 loss in Game 2 at Ball Arena in Denver on Saturday, and they were down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series.

"That showing last game didn't sit well with anyone in that locker room," forward Anthony Cirelli said. "We knew we had to come out strong and have a big bounce-back game. I thought that's what we did."

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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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Jeff Vinik Does It The Right Way

Michael Russo of The Athletic shows why he is one of the top writers covering the NHL.

Let’s be honest: There are 31 NHL teams out there with owners who have every right to be envious — even jealous — of what Jeff Vinik has accomplished in his 12 years of owning the Tampa Bay Lightning, not only on the ice but off it.

When Vinik bought the franchise for a reported $170 million in the middle of a recession in 2010, the Lightning had 2,000 full season-ticket holders, less than a dozen suite holders and little corporate support. They played in an unfinished arena with few bells and whistles because they ran out of money when constructing the building in the mid-90s. There was almost nothing for fans to do in the barren surrounding area of downtown Tampa. They were about to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season and were accruing annual losses well into eight figures.

“If I knew then what I know now, I probably wouldn’t have bought the team,” Vinik says with a chuckle and wry grin.

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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.

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from Mark Kiszl of the Denver Post,

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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Head Home Down 0-2

The Colorado Avalanche with a 7-0 blowout win and are now 14-2 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 3 is on Monday night.

Game highlights are below.

added 11:22pm, HNIC version highlighta are below.

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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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