Steven Stamkos gets brutally honest on facing ‘electric’ Avalanche in Stanley Cup Final

At first it looked like the Tampa Bay Lightning’s fight for their third straight Stanley Cup against the New York Rangers would end after they fell into a 2-0 hole. However, the Lightning promptly won the next four games to set a date in the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals with the mighty Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche have patiently awaited the end of the Lightning-Rangers series after sweeping away the Edmonton Oilers in dominant fashion. Despite Tampa Bay being two-time defending champions, this loaded Colorado team is the favorite to enter the Stanley Cup Finals.

Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos knows how difficult it will be to topple the Avalanche and win the third straight Stanley Cup. Stamkos even called them “probably the best team in the league,” according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski.

The Lightning Star continued:

“As you progress through the playoffs, each round gets tougher and each opponent gets tougher,” he said. “There’s a reason there are two teams left, and that’s because they’re the top two teams in the league. We will have our hands full.”

Stamkos even said he’s surprised Tampa Bay hasn’t played Colorado in either of the last two seasons in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Avalanche lost three straight seasons in the second round before coming over the hump this year.

The Lightning captain spoke very highly of Colorado’s roster:

“Now they’ve broken through. They just have an incredible mix of experienced players, star power, grinders and goalies. A huge challenge for us,” said Stamkos. “We know how to play. It’s no secret that they have some electric players.”

The Stanley Cup finals begin in Denver on Wednesday. This should be a great series between Lightning and Avalanche.

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