Published on: 06/27/2022 – 10:08 Colorado won the Stanley Cup for the third time in its history by winning the NHL Finals on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1). Colorado lifted the Stanley Cup for the third time in its history after winning (2-1) Sunday in the final of the North American Ice Hockey League (NHL) against the Tampa Bay Lightning, two-time defending champion. Already crowned in 1996 and 2001, Colorado dominated the series 4-2 and above all ended the reign of Tampa Bay, which had been flying over the NHL since the 2019-20 season thanks in particular to its two Russians, the prolific striker Nikita Koutcherov and the goalkeeper Andreï Vasilievski. While they had only one game to win to celebrate their victory, the Avalanche players had grilled a cartridge by bowing Friday in front of their public (3-2). But they knew how to react perfectly in Tampa Bay to avoid a final meeting under tension in Denver. Nathan MacKinnon, hero of ColoradoThe outcome of this final, disputed in the best of seven sets, owes a lot to Nathan MacKinnon, author of a goal and an assist. “It’s incredible”, dropped the hero of the evening . It is difficult to explain. Words cannot describe how I feel right now.” It was his Canadian team-mate Cale Makar, on the other hand, who was named the best player of the play-offs having scored 8 goals and provided 21 assists in 19 matches. “C It’s so great to be part of this group and to be rewarded, said the 23-year-old defender. I’m so proud of the boys. I grew up with Stanley Cup images on my bedroom walls. It’s surreal and incredible.” “The last three years have been incredible,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. For many other teams, it would be called an incredible season, but for us, it’s a disappointing end. 4-2) and Edmonton (4-0), always raced ahead winning the first two home games, including the second when the Avalanche buried the Lightning 7-0. hope by winning their third game in Florida 6-2, but Colorado broke again to lead 3-1 before missing a first chance to close the series on Friday Colorado, carried by MacKinnon – 32 regular season goals –, had finished with the second best record of the first phase of the 2021-22 Championship.Before this season, the Avalanche had not exceeded the stage of the conference semifinals since 2002. Only five seasons ago, the Avalanche Denver franchise was the laughing stock of the NHL after finishing the 2016-17 regular season with a calamitous record of 22 wins and 60 losses, one of the worst in history. With AFP
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