In order to lift the Stanley Cup for the third time in the history of the team, the Colorado Avalanche had to defeat the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Moment Avalanche Won
With 6:22 left in regulation, Palat’s game-winning goal allowed Tampa Bay to escape Colorado with a 3-2 victory.
The series has now resumed at Amalie Arena, the Bolts’ home ice.
The record of teams that led 3-1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final is 35-1 overall, which is in the Avalanche’s favor.
Tampa Bay is accustomed to playing with its back to the wall across the rink. Over the previous three postseasons, the team has gone 4-0 in games that might determine their fate, including 3-0 in the Stanley Cup playoffs of 2022.
Here are some of the finest images and sounds from the probable Game 6 of the series on Sunday night.
One Period Less For Lightning
Amazingly, the Tampa Bay Lightning turned the game around early on. The first two games in Denver were a complete disaster with numerous mistakes, missed penalties, and multi-goal deficits in both defeats.
The Lightning vowed that they were confident in their “formula” for beating the Avalanche if their beginnings were better. Since then, they have demonstrated their accuracy.
The Lightning has now scored the opening goal in three straight games, and they have an advantage after one period in four straight games entering Game 6.
In the game’s 23rd second, an unlucky penalty was converted by Avalanche. Avalanche was the one who initially observed the Lightning carry for the first ten minutes before having the game.
Return To Tampa Bay
The Lightning has a difficult task, but if this commercial clip and their unblemished record in knockout games over the previous three postseasons are any clues, they are ready for the task.
Lightning Look For A Big Third Period
Another contest, another Avalanche goal that angered the Lightning bench.
At 1:54 in the second period, Nathan MacKinnon’s goal for the Avalanche knotted Game 6 thanks to a delayed penalty for the Lightning. The Tampa Bay bench mistakenly believed that Nick Paul, a forward, was in possession of the puck in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Nothing to complain about, Paul did it. The issue is that by the time the center-ice referee raised his arm, the puck had already left his stick. As a result of their persistence in the offensive zone, the Avalanche eventually scored on MacKinnon to tie the score.
Avs Led Through Two Periods
Officially, Nathan MacKinnon is the NHL playoffs’ top scorer.
The game was tied by Colorado’s star forward, who passed Evander Kane on the playoff field with his 13th goal of the postseason and second goal in the cup final (rather than his own skate first).
The Avalanche player with the most playoff goals in his first 30 postseason games was MacKinnon, who scored his 41st goal in the game.
The Cup Is Going To Colorado
In an extraordinarily thrilling finale to an absolutely amazing series, the Avalanche won their first Stanley Cup since 2001.
Despite playing in five games during the Stanley Cup Final, top forward Nathan MacKinnon only managed one goal and three assists.
He tied the game and assisted on Artturi Lehkonen’s game-winning goal by deflecting a pass off Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh’s skate and into his teammate’s path.
He was instrumental in the Lightning being eliminated. He has spent his entire career pursuing the Cup, and now he gets to raise it.