Makar gets love from Orr after winning 2022 Norris, Conn Smythe Trophies

Makar gets love from Orr after winning 2022 Norris, Conn Smythe Trophies

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Makar wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for Avalanche

Makar wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for Avalanche

TAMPA — As kids, like most hockey-playing Canadians, Cale and Taylor Makar had won the Stanley Cup dozens and dozens of times. Their mini-sticks battles had ended in championships, in the Cup lofted, the celebration honed. It was never anything like this. Because this was something Hold Makar could never even have imagined. Not only … Read more

Avalanche Stanley Cup handoff goes from Landeskog to Erik Johnson

Avalanche Stanley Cup handoff goes from Landeskog to Erik Johnson

“‘Gabe’ was telling me the last couple of years, ‘When we win it, you’re getting it first,’” the Avalanche defenseman said. “If that doesn’t give you motivation to get it done, I don’t know what does. Just a super, humbling gratifying feeling. I mean, it’s amazing.” Johnson was the first Avalanche player to receive the … Read more

Sergachev stepping up for Lightning at perfect time in Cup Final

Sergachev stepping up for Lightning at perfect time in Cup Final

DENVER– Mikhail Sergachev was not intimidated. Not by the elite speed of Nathan MacKinnon. Not by the capacity crowd at Ball Arena, which was at its leather-lunged best. And not by the fact that his Tampa Bay Lightning, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final, would have been eliminated with a Game 5 loss … Read more

Kuemper will start for Avalanche in Game 6 of Cup Final against Lightning

Kuemper will start for Avalanche in Game 6 of Cup Final against Lightning

DENVER– Darcy Kuemper has gotten the Colorado Avalanche this far, and they’re confident the goalie can help them hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in more than 20 years. Kuemper will start against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday (8 … 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

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