How Avalanche won Game 2

June 19, 2022 It’s 1:53 AM EDT

“close to perfect”

Less than two hours before Saturday’s puck hit, Tampa Bay coach John Cooper clarified his predictions. There will be no repeat of the first 10 minutes of the first game, which saw Colorado score twice before the first half ended.

“I expect us to be better off,” Cooper said.

One of the teams was much better than it was in the first game, and not just in the first 10 minutes of the match. It wasn’t just lightning.

“It was definitely as close to perfect a game as you can get from your players,” said Colorado coach Jared Bednar.

Peter Pugh

Peter Pugh·

Crew Writer, Avalanche

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The avalanche reaches another level in the path of lightning: ‘close to perfect’

June 19, 2022 It’s 1:41 am EDT

Stamkos: Let’s see what we made

Stephen Stamkos knows what many are thinking.

is over.

Lightning is in trouble after a modest and embarrassing 7-0 loss to an avalanche in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night. Colorado outstripped the two-time defending champion in the first two games, looking faster, hungrier, more disciplined and more dangerous.

But when Stamkos addressed the media in the bowels of the Ball Arena, he felt he wanted to deliver a message, if not to the hockey world, then certainly to the players in the Tampa Bay room.

Joe Smith

Joe Smith·

Crew Writer, Lightning

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Stephen Stamkos and Lightning won’t go quietly: ‘Let’s see what we’ve made’

June 18 2022 It’s 11:27 PM EDT

John Cooper talks about why Vasilevskiy was not withdrawn

Joe Smith

Joe Smith·

Crew Writer, Lightning

June 18 2022 It’s 10:58 PM EDT

Only one team represents an even bigger deficit in the final closing of the Stanley Cup

Only the Penguins’ 8-0 (8-0) Cup win over the North Stars in 1991 represented a greater shortfall in closing the Stanley Cup Final than the Lightning avalanche did in Game 2.

The Penguins had six Hall of Famers, and Jaromir Jäger is yet to come

Russian Rob

Russian Rob·

Great writer, penguins

June 18 2022 It’s 10:57 PM EDT

Avs scored more than 4 goals in 12 of the 16 play-off matches

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June 18 2022 It’s 10:56 pm EDT

The Colorado Avalanche leads 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final

The Colorado Avalanche leads 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, won Game 2 7-0 over Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. With the series turning to Tampa, Avalanche outperformed Lightning 11-3.

Valery Neshchkin opened the scoring 2:54 in the match. He added another goal in the second half. Nesushkin has eight goals and five assists in 16 play-offs.

(picture: Isaiah c. Downing / USA TODAY)

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June 18 2022 It’s 10:54 PM EDT

Avalanche dominates Lightning to take the lead 2-0

Peter Pugh

Peter Pugh·

Crew Writer, Avalanche

June 18 2022 It’s 10:53 PM EDT

Can Tampa Bay summon Tom Brady for Game 3?

Russian Rob

Russian Rob·

Great writer, penguins

June 18 2022 It’s 10:51 PM EDT

The avalanche is two minutes into the 2-0 lead in this series

The avalanche is two minutes away from the 2-0 advantage, but I’ll make the obvious here and remind everyone that lightning has been here before. They overcame a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference final and won four goals in a row to eliminate Rangers. Sure, what we just saw was unequivocally Lightning’s worst performance so far in these playoffs – but if anyone somehow manages to make a comeback from that, it is.

Emma Lingan

Emma Lingan

June 18 2022 It’s 10:40 pm EDT

The party in Denver extends beyond the rink

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June 18 2022 It’s 10:37 PM EDT

Every NHL coach should note the strength of Colorado

Russian Rob

Russian Rob·

Great writer, penguins

June 18 2022 It’s 10:35 pm EDT

Avs up 7-0

Cal Makar scores again, this time on a strength game after taking a cross from Bales. Score 7-0 Avs.

It seems that Vasilevskiy resides.

Hailey Salvian

Hailey Salvian·

Crew Starter, Flame

June 18 2022 It’s 10:34 pm EDT

QB1 agrees

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June 18 2022 It’s 10:33 PM EDT

Kala Makar. second.

Peter Pugh

Peter Pugh·

Crew Writer, Avalanche

June 18 2022 It’s 10:31 PM EDT

Here’s an update on the Colorado deadline acquisitions

Peter Pugh

Peter Pugh·

Crew Writer, Avalanche

June 18 2022 It’s 10:27 PM EDT

Tampa Bay can’t go forward on the offensive

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By sports staff

June 18 2022 It’s 10:23 PM EDT

Kal Makar is his first point in the series

If Cale Makar was to participate, this streak might already be over. Good broth, what a performance through the avalanche.

Lightning’s body language will be noticeable during these last 17 minutes. This is a very proud group, but the champions also know when they don’t have what it takes.

And it seemed as if Lightning had nothing to take against this avalanche.

So, is it too early to begin to question where an avalanche assessment fits among recent post-season efforts?

Russian Rob

Russian Rob·

Great writer, penguins

June 18 2022 It’s 10:21 pm EDT

Cal Makar makes the score 6-0 Avs

Peter Pugh

Peter Pugh·

Crew Writer, Avalanche

June 18 2022 It’s 10:18 pm EDT

Avalanche exploits a built-in feature

I can’t imagine, coming out of Three Tough Chains in the East, what it’s like to see that kind of relentless speed while playing at high altitudes for Lightning.

This makes no excuse for Lightning.

But facts are facts, and the avalanche exploits a built-in feature — that famous mile-high thin air — with a slate attacking quickly and skillfully in the waves. And with a defense weapon adept at moving the disc quickly and accurately, avalanche attackers have plenty. It’s hard to imagine Lightning winning a game in Denver unless the goalkeeper stands on his head. And he does so despite giving up nine goals in six periods

Russian Rob

Russian Rob·

Great writer, penguins

June 18 2022 It’s 10:07 p.m. EDT

After five spells, Tampa edges out 61-35 and edges 9-3

We have five short runs and time in this Stanley Cup Final, and the Lightning has only scored 35 total shots over Darcy Comber of Colorado. For context, Avs had 38 shots on target in Game 1, alone.

So far, Tampa has topped 61-35 and is leading 9-3.

Hailey Salvian

Hailey Salvian·

Crew Starter, Flame