Game 6: Avalanche win the Stanley Cup after defeating Lightning 2-1
June 27, 2022
The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup. It was the team's first championship since 2001.
Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals and assisted on another, while Artturi Lehkonen also scored for the Avalanche, who were able to bounce back from a 3-2 loss in Game 5.
It was disappointing not to win in Denver, as the team was supposed to do so. However, after the team had a good meeting following the loss, they could bounce back and win the game. MacKinnon said that the team's success was due to the leadership of its players.
The team was able to win its four series on the road during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was a remarkable achievement for the organization, as it was the first time in its history that it had been able to win a series away from home. Jared Bednar, the team's head coach, was very proud of his players.
"I'm just so proud. Really, honestly, I'm just so proud and excited for our guys to get rewarded," Bednar said.
After failing to win the Cup in the past three seasons, the Avalanche decided to make some changes to improve their roster. They acquired players such as Andrew Cogliano and Nico Sturm from the San Jose Sharks and Josh Manson from the Ducks.
Despite the changes, the team could still reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Gabriel Landeskog, the team's captain, said that the team could still grow together despite the various changes. The players were still committed to the organization and didn't try to change their approach.
"They just wanted to do whatever they could to win, and they were the difference for us," said Landeskog.
Steven Stamkos scored for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it wasn't enough to prevent the team from falling short in its attempt to win the Stanley Cup for the third straight season. Vasilevskiy made 28 saves for the team.
Stamkos said that the team's success was due to its players' hard work and dedication. He also noted that the players were able to overcome the challenges of reaching the finals.
Makar as Most Valuable Player
In the end, the performance of Avalanche defender Cale Makar led to him being named the Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs. He had 29 points in 20 games during the season.
Stamkos gave the Tampa Bay Lighting a 1-0 lead in the first period. After a battle between MacKinnon and Nikita Kucherov, the latter was able to knock the ball away from Makar. The loose ball then ricocheted off the left skate of Ondrej Palat and into the net. Stamkos was able to take a shot from the right circle that went past Darcy Kuemper.
In the second period, MacKinnon scored the equalizer for the Avalanche at 1:54. After a delayed penalty was called on the team, Bowen Byram sent a pass to MacKinnon, who could take a one-time shot from the left circle that went past Vasilevskiy.
After the Avalanche tied the game, the team was able to take the lead at 12:28 of the second period on a goal by Andris Mhlkonen. After a pass from MacKinnon was intercepted by Ryan McDonagh, the ball went off the Tampa Bay defender's skate and into the net.
Mhlkonen said that it was a great feeling to score the game-winning goal. He noted that the ball's bounce had been a constant factor throughout the game.