How many times have the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup?

That Colorado Avalanche are back on the big show after a twenty year absenceand their 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay has fans tongues wagging.

The Avs don’t have much endgame experience, but what they do have is an impeccable record. You haven’t lost a Stanley Cup final yet win both times for making it this far.

The early favorites to win it all got the nod almost as soon as Tampa Bay won the finals last year, Colorado has shown dominance in the Western Conference Finals that is to be admired.

The Avalanche have scored at least three goals in all but two of their 14 games, earning them first place in playoff goals with Edmonton. During the Western Conference Finals They swept the Oilers in four rowsOutscoring them 22-13 in the process.

26 years old Nathan MacKinnon scored 32 over 65 regular season games, and was the heart and soul of their postseason offense with 18 points and scoring at least once in 12 of Colorado’s 14 games. Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog all have similar numbers and have seen this Colorado team unscathed through the toughest of challenges.

Here’s a quick synopsis of their previous two Stanley Cup Finals appearances.

1996 Stanley Cup Finals: Avalanche 4, Panthers 0

In the first season after moving from Quebec City, The Avalanche reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first timein the first finals since the founding of the NHL, which could measure with its debutants, the Florida Panthers, that two teams appeared together in a finals for the first time.

The Panthers had made it to the finals behind their defenders, with particular praise for goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck. But Colorado’s attack was just stunning and they managed to score 11 goals in their first two games in Florida. By the time the Panthers defense regained their breath, they were two games behind, despite In a thrilling three-overtime game, the Avalanche walked away with their first Stanley Cup at her first appearance.

2001 Stanley Cup Finals: Avalanche 4, Devils 3

With one under their belt, the Avs made another appearance in the Finals just five years later, when they faced the New Jersey Devils in yet another defensive showcase. Both teams were number one in their respective conferences and the competition went back and forth, with Colorado winning games 1, 3, 6 and 7 to take home the trophy.

With Living legend Ray Bourque wins his first Stanley Cup in an amazing 20-year career. Colorado captain Joe Sakic decided to make another mark for the history books by becoming the first and only captain to renounce being the first player to win the Stanley Cup, instead choosing to take that honor to Bourque to prove.

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