Colorado Avalanche, Stanley Cup champion. He entered the avalanche at the flaming Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, for Game 6 and left with a 2-1 victory—and a very large piece of equipment.
Colorado ended Tampa Bay’s streak of back-to-back Stanley Cups and took his third title in franchise history.
Lightning jumped to an early lead 1-0, thanks to a goal from captain Stephen Stamkos. However, the avalanche took over the game from there. Colorado dominated the second half and were rewarded with goals by Nathan McKinnon and Arturi Likonen. The Avs advanced 2-1 into the locker room and shut down Lightning from there.
Colorado completely extinguished Tampa Bay in the third period. The Lightning didn’t get a shot at Darcy Kuemper until there were about 10 minutes left in regulation. Not content with just sitting around and waiting for the time to pass, Avs has been pretty aggressive in the last 20 minutes, making life very difficult for Lightning. Even on the empty net, Tampa Bay failed to get good shots on Darcy Comber.
After finishing at the bottom of the NHL standings just five years ago, the avalanche lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001, and they did so against one of the greatest teams in the salary cap era.