Colorado Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Game 6- (COL wins series 4-2)
There’s a lot at stake here in tonight’s matchup. One team can force a deciding game seven, and the other can become Stanley Cup champions tonight. Game six sees the Colorado Avalanche go on the road with the chance to clinch the cup against the defending champions in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Period one showed why they are still the champs as they played very well. Steven Stamkos got Tampa on the board early thanks to a rare Cale Makar turnover in his own zone. Stamkos took the puck and out it through the five hole of Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper to give the Lightning an early lead at the 3:48 mark. That goal would stand to be the only one for the first period as the Lightning would carry a 1-0 advantage heading into the intermission.
We saw the Avalanche turn things up a notch in period two as Nathan MacKinnon got his team going on a one timer shot for a goal to tie the score up at one. It came early on and was much needed for Colorado. Later on at the 12:28 mark, Arturri Lekhonen would get a deflected puck onto his stick and wrist one past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to give Colorado their first lead since game three. We would now move on to the third period with the Avalanche up 2-1 and one period away from potentially winning the Stanley Cup.
The third and final period of the season saw the Colorado Avalanche completely shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning. It took over ten minutes for Tampa Bay to get their first shot of the period. The Lightning couldn’t get anything going offensively and saw their championship reign come to an end as the Colorado Avalanche are the 2021-2022 Stanley Cup champions. Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Congratulations to the Avalanche on winning their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Tampa Bay Lightning
GOAL (TB) 3:48- Steven Stamkos (Ondrej Palat)
GOAL (COL) 1:54- Nathan MacKinnon (Bowen Byram, Gabriel Landeskog)
GOAL (COL) 12:28- Arturri Lekhonen (Nathan MacKinnon, Josh Manson)
*No goals were scored