Colorado Avalanche Defeat Tampa Bay Lightning To Win Stanley Cup

The Colorado Avalanche held off the Tampa Bay Lightning by just two shots on goal in the third period of Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday night, sealing a 2-1 win to become Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2001. The Avs won a series of four games to two after losing a close-out game 3-2 in Denver on Friday.

Goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves in game six. Nathan MacKinnon scored early in the second half to make it 1-1 after Lightning’s Steven Stamkos opened the scoring. Artturi Lehkonen scored the winning goal at 12:28 in the second period.

Cale Makar, the Avs’ 23-year-old defenseman, took home the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. As per tradition, team captain Gabriel Landeskog first lifted and kissed the trophy just after 9 p.m. Mountain Time before presenting it to veteran Erik Johnson. “When the buzzer rang we were almost in disbelief that we made it,” head coach Jared Bednar said after the game. “It was an incredible ride and I’m just grateful to be able to be there with this team.”

The Colorado Avalanche was the most successful team in the National Hockey League during the regular season. The team won two series in the postseason against the Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers before defeating the Lightning, the two-time defending champions. The Avs went 16-3 overall in the postseason.

The Avs will host a parade in downtown Denver on Thursday, June 30, culminating with a rally in Civic Center Park. The free parade begins at 10 a.m. from Union Station.

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