Colorado Avalanche Upsets Tampa Bay in Stanley Cup Final


Bonhoeffer Rhee, Contributor

On June 26, 2022, the Colorado Avalanche became the Stanley Cup champions for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Colorado defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final and prevented the Eastern Conference representatives from winning the title for a third straight season. The Lightning stepped up in Games 4 & 5 to bring the series to a 3-2 lead for the Avalanche. It appeared as if the Lightning would build on the momentum they generated from their Game 5 win and force a decisive battle back in Colorado when Steven Stamkos started scoring in the opening period. However, Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon took over in the second period with a combination of speed, skill, and the ability to draw defenders. He scored his team’s first goal and assisted the winning one from Artturi Lehkonen on an odd-man rush. On the other side, Tampa Bay appeared to lose its cool as they tried to go for a 3-peat dynasty. In the end, the Avalanche secured the title with their defenseman Cale Makar being awarded the Calder trophy for most points in the Stanley Cup playoffs.