How the Avalanche took down the Lightning dynasty, plus Xander Schauffele ends drought

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a nice weekend.

Let’s get straight to the point.

Good morning to everyone, but especially to…


That Colorado AvalancheThe offense of has put them a big part of the way to a 3-2 consecutive lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Their defense made them champions.

In a tense Game 6, the Avalanche smothered the Lightning’s star-studded offense and got just enough of themselves in a 2-1 cup-clinching victory. Steven Stamko opened the scoring under four minutes in, however Nathan MacKinnon and Arturi Lehkonen Both hit the net in the second third and that was all Colorado needed.

  • It’s the Avalanche third Stanley Cup, along with 2001 and 1996.
  • The Avalanche came from behind and won 10 times this postseason, tying the 2009 Penguins for the most in a single postseason.
  • Kal Makar won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs. He is the youngest defender since Bobby Orr in 1970.

The Avalanche has had many impressive stretches this postseason, but none were more significant than last night’s third period. The Lightning – two-time defending champion playing at home with his season – has nailed it only four shots on goal in the final third. goaltender Darcy Kumper was outstanding, and seemingly every Avalanche player – even offensive stars like MacKinnon – made extra effort to block shots.

It was an all-around fine performance by the best team in the league, led by one of the best players in the league, writes our hockey expert Austin Nivison.

  • Nivison: “MacKinnon was the heart and soul of the Avalanche throughout the rebuild and went on to become one of the top five players in the league. Despite his bad luck in that Stanley Cup final, MacKinnon kept his composure and refused to be frustrated. In the game 6, MacKinnon scored the winning goal and set up Lehkonen on the winning goal. Considering how much MacKinnon meant to the Avalanche, it was only fitting that he was the one to deliver that game.”


And not such a good morning for…

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For the past three years, the Lightning has had all the answers. All goals when they needed them most, all clutch saves ahead Andrei Vasilyevskywon all elimination matches and dominated all series…until last night.

Tampa Bay’s dream of being the sport’s first three-peat champion since the Islanders won four straight from 1980 to 1983 was ending, however what a run it was. The Flash won 11 consecutive series before falling to Colorado. Stamkos, Vasilevskiy. Nikita Kutscherow and Victor Hedmanshone among others on the biggest stage.

The NHL introduced a salary cap in 2005 to increase league parity. Since then, The Lightning has had some rough years, some exciting titles and, like this year, some heartbreaking endings, but its run over the past three seasons – given the era in which it began – will not be forgotten anytime soon. The Lightning won’t be competing as champions this offseason, but it’s been an incredibly impressive ride. I wouldn’t stop her from continuing it in the future either.

Not so honorable mentions

Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing is scheduled to open tomorrow 🏈


Brown quarterback Deshaun Watson faces another pivotal week in determining his future: His NFL disciplinary hearing begins tomorrow.

Here are the key data:

  • according to reports, the NFL is pushing for an indefinite suspension of at least a year.
  • Jointly appointed NFL-NFLPA disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson will conduct the hearing.
  • After the ruling, both the NFL and NFLPA have an opportunity to appeal. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may rule on the complaint or consult an independent ruler.

Reminder: Watson does not need to be indicted or indicted to be suspended. A potential suspension would likely come if the league found Watson violated the NFL’s code of conduct. To Watson has settled 20 out of 24 civil lawsuits against him Last week, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy released a statement saying, “Today’s development has no impact on the collectively negotiated disciplinary process.”

Xander Schauffele ends dry spell with Travelers Championship win ⛳

relief for Xander Schauffele. heartbreak for Sahith Teagala.

Thanks to a dramatic 72nd hole at the Travelers Championship, Schauffele finally ended his losing streak and picked up a singles win on the PGA Tour for the first time since the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

  • After a terrific birdie on the 17th, Theegala finished 19-under in the tournament, one shot ahead of Schauffele.
  • But Theegala pulled his drive into a fairway bunker on 18 and, pressed against the edge of the bunker, took two shots to get out. He ended up doing a double bogey.
  • Schauffele, who was behind Theegala in the final group, needed par to win but ended up hitting a masterful approach shot from just yards out, birdie and win by two shots over Theegala and JT Poston.
  • It is Schauffele’s second PGA Tour victory this year – he also won the Zurich Classic Patrick Cantley in April – and the sixth of his career.

Schauffele started the day with a three-stroke lead, but he had converted 0-on-4 54-hole leads into wins in his singles career the day before yesterday, and it looked like it could go 0-for-5 before Theegala’s heartbreaking last-hole collapse. For Schauffele, it was a well-deserved victory for someone who had more than his fair share of heartbreaking finishes, writes golf expert Patrick McDonald.

  • MacDonald: “Unfortunately for Schauffele, perseverance doesn’t often come with trophies on the PGA Tour. … Schauffele’s career may be the perfect summary of that. Always referred to as a bridesmaid, never a bride, as of this week, his steadfastness was enough to allow him to walk down the aisle and add to his No. 6 PGA Tour résumé win. Rating: A+

Bryce Harper breaks left thumb, return schedule unknown ⚾


Bryce Harper suffered a broken left thumb Saturday night after being hit by a 97 mph fastball fathers Left Blake Snell. That Phillies placed Harper on the 10-day injured list, but the severity of the injury – and the timeline for his return – will be determined by upcoming tests.

Harper was is struggling through a minor UCL tear this season, forcing him to act almost exclusively as the designated batsman; his last start in right field was April 15. Still, Harper was great this year:

  • .318 batting average (4th in NL)
  • .599 slugging percentage (2nd in NL)
  • 37 extra base hits (3rd in NL)

How much time Harper misses will have a big impact on Philadelphia. The Phillies have bounced back from a slow start and are 1.5 games away from a playoff spot. While likely DH replacement Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber are very capable, the August 2 trading deadline and the team’s performance up to that point plays a big role.

What we watch Monday 📺

🏀 Aces at Sparks10:30 p.m. on NBA TV

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