3 Keys: Lightning at Avalanche, Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final

3 Keys: Lightning at Avalanche, Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final

(3A) Lightning at (1C) Avalanche 8 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS Colorado leads best-of-7 series 3-1 The Colorado Avalanche can win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001 with a victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena in Denver on Friday. … Read more

Nazem Kadri returns from thumb injury to score game-winning OT goal, Colorado Avalanche need 1 win to clinch Stanley Cup

Nazem Kadri returns from thumb injury to score game-winning OT goal, Colorado Avalanche need 1 win to clinch Stanley Cup

TAMPA, Fla. — Nazem Kadri knows how to make an entrance. Colorado’s top-flight forward returned to the lineup following thumb surgery in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay on Wednesday and scored the overtime game-winner that gave the Avalanche a 3-2 win, and a 3-1 series lead. Now Colorado has a … Read more

Makar ‘honored’ to win Norris Trophy, focused on Cup with Avalanche

Makar ‘honored’ to win Norris Trophy, focused on Cup with Avalanche

TAMPA– Hold Makar said he appreciated winning the Norris Trophy, given annually to the top defenseman in the NHL, at the 2022 NHL Awards on Tuesday. But winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche remains the ultimate goal. The Avalanche have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning heading … Read more

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

TAMPA, Fla. — Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews collected the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night. Matthews, 24, scored 60 goals, leading the NHL for the second straight season. He set a Maple … Read more

Kadri could return for Avalanche against Lightning during Cup Final

Kadri could return for Avalanche against Lightning during Cup Final

TAMPA– Nazem Kadri skated with the Colorado Avalanche at an optional practice Tuesday and the center is getting closer to playing in the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. “He seems to be getting better every day, so I believe he’s an option for us at some point,” Bednar said. “Not sure how … Read more

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions had been overwhelmed in a 7-0 loss in Game 2 at Ball Arena in Denver on Saturday, and they were down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. “That showing last game didn’t sit well with anyone in that locker room,” forward Anthony Cirelli said. “We knew we had to come out … Read more

Avalanche don’t name starting goalie for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche don’t name starting goalie for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

DENVER– Darcy Kuemper and Pavel Francouz are available, healthy and ready to play for the Colorado Avalanche against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena in Denver on Wednesday, although it is not known which goalie will start. “Our guys are comfortable with our goaltending here as … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final storylines include Lightning three-peat bid

2022 Stanley Cup Final storylines include Lightning three-peat bid

Two of the three finalists for the Norris Trophy. Key players who could return from injury. Coaches trying to make history. There are storylines aplenty for the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday with Game 1 of the best-of-7 series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena (8 pm ET; ESPN+, … Read more

Avalanche excited for challenge against Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche excited for challenge against Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

DENVER– The Colorado Avalanche couldn’t ask for a better opponent than the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, in a sense. “To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best, and these guys are defending back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, so we’re excited,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said Sunday. “It’ll be a good matchup.” … Read more

Kadri, Cogliano could play for Avalanche in Stanley Cup Final

Kadri, Cogliano could play for Avalanche in Stanley Cup Final

DENVER — Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano could play for the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning starting Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ABC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The forwards are back on the ice after each had surgery for a hand injury sustained during the Western Conference Final against … Read more