MacKinnon finally wins Cup with Avalanche after years of disappointment

“We did it!” Johnson screamed. “I love you!” They lay there together, embracing amid the discarded sticks and gloves as their teammates celebrated behind the net. Eventually, MacKinnon pulled Johnson to his feet, and they embraced again. Johnson had hit his head, MacKinnon had cut his hand, and they’d never felt better. “I met him … Read more

How Joe Sakic built a Cup champion: NHL GMs marvel at Avalanche’s patient, methodical rise

TAMPA, Fla. – Joe Sakic raised the Stanley Cup above his head, this time in a suit and tie and championship ball cap. Gone was the player’s uniform he wore 21 years ago when he last raised it as the captain. Still very much present was the sheer elation Sakic felt, this time achieving the … Read more

NHL Teams With the Most Stanley Cups After Avalanche Beat Lightning – NBC Chicago

NHL teams with most Stanley Cups after Avalanche beat Lightning originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions. The Avs took down the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 at Amalie Arena on Sunday night to close out the 2022 Cup Final and capture Lord Stanley. As the two-time … Read more

Kuemper will start for Avalanche in Game 6 of Cup Final against Lightning

DENVER – Darcy Kuemper has gotten the Colorado Avalanche this far, and they’re confident the goalie can help them hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in more than 20 years. Kuemper will start against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday … Read more

LeBrun: We asked NHL execs if the Lightning can come back against the Avalanche

DENVER-And so we’ve got the Stanley Cup Final now living up to the pre-series hype. Two high-quality programs going at it on the biggest stage. As someone observed to me Friday night, every time you watch a game in this series right now, there’s a great player making a great play. It’s mesmerizing. Game 5 … Read more

Avalanche, Lightning forced to reset during dream of winning Stanley Cup

But this is the part you can’t imagine – adrenaline, fatigue, pain, pressure, logistics, travel. Everyone has worked for years to get to this point. Each team has been playing for 10 months, going back to training camp in September. After the Lightning’s 3-2 win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Ball … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper questions if Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s OT winner should have counted

TAMPA, Fla. -Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper held a short, tense news conference after their Stanley Cup Final Game 4 loss on Wednesday night during which he questioned the legality of Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s game-winning goal in overtime. Cooper rambled for a minute on his love of the NHL and his team’s … Read more

Makar ‘honored’ to win Norris Trophy, focused on Cup with Avalanche

TAMPA – Cale Makar said he appreciated winning the Norris Trophy, given annually to the top defenseman in the NHL, at the 2022 NHL Awards on Tuesday. But winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche remains the ultimate goal. The Avalanche have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning … Read more

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

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 … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper skeptical of NHL video review system

TAMPA – Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t sure if coaches should be the ones to challenge goals under the NHL’s video review system. “I’m a believer-and I don’t know if I’m in the minority on this-but I don’t know if that should be in our hands,” Cooper said after Tampa Bay’s 6-2 … Read more