‘Quest For The Stanley Cup’ continues with Avalanche focused in Final

The Stanley Cup Finals have become a regular gathering place for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are making it to the final series of the season for the third straight year, which is incredible even for them.

As coach Jon Cooper said, “Growing up in Canada, one dream is always to have your name in the Stanley Cup. And getting there the first time was a dream come true. There is no way we are going back next year. Going a third time is unthinkable.

Episode 5 of Quest For the Stanley Cup Season 7, available on ESPN+ in the US and YouTube/NHL in Canada, begins with the Lightning having just defeated the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals give the chance to become a dynasty with the third cup win in a row.

“Winning back-to-back Stanley Cups is surreal in itself,” Lightning Captain Steven Stamko said. “Coming here a third time is pretty crazy when you think about it. But when you’re in the thick of it, it’s difficult during the season to really look back and appreciate that kind of run. But we’re hoping to get the right side of the story here for No. 3.”

Standing in their way is the Colorado Avalanche.

“It’s going to be a fun series because to be the best you have to beat the best,” says the Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “And I don’t think they’ve seen anyone like us and we’ve never seen anyone like them.”

And the Avalanche comes into play in Game 1. Still, the game makes it into overtime, tied 3-3, a fitting start to a series between the defending Stanley Cup champions and a previous-season favorite. It doesn’t last long though, because Andre Burakowski to score and send the Avalanche into a celebratory scrum.

The aftermath is less screaming and hugging and more determination as cameras catch Colorado coach Jared Bednar driving back to his home from the ball arena on a day off.

“On the first day of training camp, we asked our boys to do their jobs like a championship team would,” Bednar said. “They really kept that mentality and focus throughout the season and playoffs. I think we’ve grown a lot as a team and matured a lot as a team.”

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He also. Bednar has come a long way since the first-year NHL coach who coached a Colorado team that went 22-56-4 and finished bottom in the league with 48 points in 2016-17. He’s grown in character, stepping into the Colorado lifestyle with its outdoor space and welcoming places to walk his Bernese Mountain Dog, Riggs, named after the character in Lethal Weapon.

He’s not the only one enjoying his day off Nicholas Paul and Brandon Hagel of the Lightning both enjoy dinner in Denver between Game 1 and Game 2 and vow to play the next game better.

“Of course we’re going into the next game with the attitude that we’ll go home 1-1 and continue from there,” said Hagel.

It wouldn’t go according to the Lightning’s plan to “Get.” a 7-0 drubbing despite Cooper’s admonitions during the breaks [expletive] furious.”

The Lightning would have to return to Tampa 0-2 in the best-of-7 series.

When the episode for Game 3 of the series moves to Tampa, there’s a moment of lightness with it Zach Bogosian and his son, who we see rolling around the kitchen with a hockey stick.

“He’s been obsessed with hockey ever since he could process what it was,” Bogosian said.

Cade Bogosian hasn’t had time to get obsessed yet. He was born five weeks premature on May 18th. Zach and Bianca Bogosian’s fourth child is now home from the NICU. Bogosian kisses his family goodbye to go to the Amalie Arena for Game 3. He is left with an admonition from daughter Mila to “win”.

“We will do our best,” said Bogosian.

And they would do just that, winning Game 3 6-2 and narrowing the lead to a 2-1 series lead for the Avalanche as the teams – and Quest For the Stanley Cup – head into Game 4.

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