2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking hockey, ‘Mighty Ducks’ and more with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking hockey, ‘Mighty Ducks’ and more with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson has unusual hockey roots for a celebrity NHL fan. Before he was an Emmy Award-winning sketch comedian on “Saturday Night Live,” he was a Mighty Duck. Thompson, who is hosting the NHL Awards for the second time on Tuesday night at 7 ET in Tampa, Florida, played Russ Tyler in “D2: The Mighty … 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

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

Avalanche to play Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche to play Lightning in Stanley Cup Final

The Colorado Avalanche will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado will host Game 1 of the best-of-7 series at Ball Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ABC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The Avalanche eliminated the Edmonton Oilers in a four-game sweep of the Western Conference Final with a 6-5 overtime … Read more

Lightning ‘know what’s at stake’ against Rangers in Game 6 of East Final

Lightning ‘know what’s at stake’ against Rangers in Game 6 of East Final

TAMPA– The Tampa Bay Lightning have played enough games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the past three seasons to understand the opportunity they have heading into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS). Leading 3-2 in … Read more

John Tortorella on how the Lightning changed after 2019: ‘We created a monster’

John Tortorella on how the Lightning changed after 2019: ‘We created a monster’

NEW YORK — As John Tortorella watches another Lightning playoff run — they are six wins from a Stanley Cup three-peat — one prevailing thought comes to mind. “We created a monster,” Tortorella told The Athletic on Wednesday. Tortorella is the last coach to beat Tampa Bay in a playoff series, in 2019 when the … Read more

Shesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Game 2, extend Eastern Final lead

Shesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Game 2, extend Eastern Final lead

New York leads the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Tampa Bay on Sunday. “I think we did a great job limiting them, especially in the first two periods,” Rangers defenseman adam fox said. “We didn’t make too many mistakes. We were able to feel them. We did a good job playing from the middle … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Conn Smythe Watch as conference final round begins

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Conn Smythe Watch as conference final round begins

Defining “value” in the Stanley Cup playoffs can be challenging. Although apparently not as challenging as defining “possession” in the Western Conference finals, as Edmonton Oilers fans screaming about the NHL’s offside rules after Game 1 will no doubt tell you. For me, value in the playoffs is a combination of statistical achievement and seizing … Read more