We are the champions, my friend – Queen and the Colorado Avalanche
Jack Johnson: A+ – From a PTO contract to Stanley Cup Champion. Can’t beat it
Bowen Byram: A+ – Absolutely loved his game in the playoffs. He was aggressive, saved the shot and made clean passes.
Erik Johnson : A+ He made some smart defensive plays in his own zone, including a couple of key clears. After 14 years, he finally gets to win the trophy and he’s the longest-serving Av.
Devon Toews: A+ – He played a lot of hockey and didn’t miss a shot, including time on the power play and penalty shootouts. What a warrior, what a year.
Cale Makar: A+ – He seems to be playing through some sort of injury. Most players are at this point, but he made it. Norris Trophy, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup Champion. And how was your month?
Andrew Cogliano: A+ – Man, he’s badass. We’ve talked about this before, but holy cow, the trade deadlines made all the difference. Six points in the playoffs.
Valeri Nichushkin : A+ – He was in a lot of pain after Game 5 and was seen limping before Game 6. Another one of those guys pouring his heart and soles in tonight.
Alex Newhook : A+ – Couple of blocked shots and a couple of shots taken. All in all a nice rookie season.
Logan O’Connor : A+ – It takes all four lines to win a Stanley Cup.
Nathan MacKinnon: A+ – Big games are for big players. MacKinnon was all over the ice tonight.
JT Compher : A+ – Almost had a breakaway in the second but it was flagged for offside. This was a much better game for him
Josh Manson: A+ – Oops, he’ll feel that tomorrow after Maroon broke his racquet on top of him. Eight points in the playoffs. Stanley Cup Champion.
Darren Helm: A+ – He took a nasty boarding hit from McDonagh. Glad he was able to get up. Great night at the faceoff point.
Artturi Lehkonen : A+ – He had a close-range chance in the first game and hit the post, but scored against Vasilevskiy in the second to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead. Eight goals in the playoffs.
Nico Sturm : A+ – Really liked his hustle and bustle tonight. He ran hard and gave everything.
Nazem Kadri: A+ – What a season. What a playoff run. Now it’s time to celebrate with family and friends.
Gabe Landeskog : A+ – Like MacKinnon, big games are for big players. Landeskog was out there smiling and doing everything he could for the Colorado Avalanche. How about the lost skate blade at the end when MacK pulls him off the ice and the captain is on his knees to dismount? Of course, the Flash complained about it. Bad loser.
Mikko Rantanen: A+ – I’m at a loss for words. Incredible season for everyone.
Darcy Kuemper : A+ – Despite all the controversy, he prevailed. Cheers to Kuemper and fight through.