Avalanche win 3rd Stanley Cup in franchise history, defeat defending champion Lighting in Game 6 – CBS Denver

(CBS4) – Avs fans around the world rejoiced Sunday night as the Colorado Avalanche made team history for a third time, beating defending champions Tampa Bay Lighting in Game 6 to be crowned the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals champions.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 26: Colorado Avalanche’s No. 29 Nathan MacKinnon celebrates with No. 13 Valeri Nichushkin, No. 92 Gabriel Landeskog, No. 42 Josh Manson and No. 4 Bowen Byram after MacKinnon in the second period of the sixth game of the Stanley 2022 Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Avalanche continued their playoff success down the road, avoiding a Game 7 with a win in Tampa in front of the opposing team’s crowd at the Amalie Arena.

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As many know, the last time the Avs lifted the trophy was in 2001 with a series win over the New Jersey Devils when current general manager Joe Sakic was captain.

Colorado started the last series with back-to-back wins, taking advantage of home ice. The team ended the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference and secured home field advantage in the playoffs.

The second and final rounds were the only two in which the Avs had to play more than 5 games, as they managed to win teams in the first round and in the conference finals.

Cale Makar finished the playoffs leading all defensemen with the most points scored in the postseason. The team saw four of their best players at Makar, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan Mackinnon and Mikko Rantanen, who scored 20 points or more in 20 games to win the Stanley Cup.

Another highlight during the cup run was the finals series when striker Nazem Kadri scored a crucial goal in extra time of Game 4 after suffering an injury. He injured his thumb in the conference finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

The successful run was also shaped by contributions from the Avs goalkeeper tandem. Both Darcy Kuemper and Pavel Francouz served at net for the Colorado team. Backup Francouz made it big for his team when starter Kuemper left Game 1 against Edmonton. Francouz would end this game with a win for his teammate and help the team complete the win over the Oilers. Kuemper was able to come back in the finals and hold the net to help his team win.

With the final victory on the road, a celebration and parade will be held in Denver on Thursday, June 30, according to sources.

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