NHL

BREAKING NEWS: Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup with Game 6 victory

By Sports Desk June 26, 2022

The Colorado Avalanche secured their first Stanley Cup since 2001 by defeating reigning back-to-back champions the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6, winning the series 4-2.

It is the third Stanley Cup in franchise history, joining the 1995-96 and 2000-01 seasons.

In front of their home fans, the Lightning were not going to go down without a fight, opening the scoring less than four minutes into the first period as Steven Stamkos got on the end of an Ondrej Palat pass.

That would be the only goal of the opening frame, and things were back on even footing just two minutes into the second, with Nathan MacKinnon finding the back of the net for the equaliser.

Artturi Lehkonen gave the Avalanche their first lead of the night 13 minutes into the second period, as MacKinnon and Josh Manson were credited with the assists, and from that point on it was a nail-biting grind to the finish as the Tampa Bay crowd tried to will the Lightning back into the game.

Ultimately, Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper rose to the occasion, saving 22 out of 23 shots on goal to repel the late charge from the home team and deliver his side the championship.

Related items

  • Blackhawks legend Hull dies aged 84 Blackhawks legend Hull dies aged 84

    The Chicago Blackhawks' all-time leading goalscorer Bobby Hull has died at the age of 84.

    Hull played for the Blackhawks for 15 seasons between 1957 and 1972, scoring 604 goals in 1,036 games.

    Commonly known as the Golden Jet, Hull was a part of the team that won the 1961 Stanley Cup.

    He also won consecutive Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL's most valuable player in 1964-65 and 1965-66.

    The league's commissioner Gary Bettman paid tribute to Hull in a statement, calling him a "true superstar".

    "When Bobby Hull wound up to take a slapshot, fans throughout the NHL rose to their feet in anticipation and opposing goaltenders braced themselves. During his prime, there was no more prolific goalscorer in all of hockey," Bettman wrote.

    "As gregarious a personality as he was explosive as a player, Hull was a true superstar and the face of the Chicago Blackhawks throughout the 1960s and early ’70s.

    "The National Hockey League mourns the passing of one of its most iconic and distinctive players.

    "We send our deepest condolences to his son, fellow Hockey Hall of Famer Brett, the entire Hull family, and the countless fans around the hockey world who were fortunate enough to see him play or have since marvelled at his exploits."

    Hull also spent seven years playing in the WHA with the Winnipeg Jets, signing the sport's first $1million contract, before retiring in the early 1980s after a brief period with the Hartford Whalers. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

    Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz also spoke warmly of Hull on Monday, saying in a statement: "Bobby Hull will always be remembered as one of the greatest Blackhawks players of all time. He was a beloved member of the Blackhawks family.

    "When I assumed leadership of the organisation upon my father's passing in 2007, one of my first priorities was to meet with Bobby to convince him to come back as an ambassador of the team. His connection to our fans was special and irreplaceable.

    "On behalf of the entire Wirtz family, I offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet. He will be missed." 

  • Aho taking it to the 'next level' as Canes defeat Bruins Aho taking it to the 'next level' as Canes defeat Bruins

    Sebastian Aho has taken his game to a new level after inspiring the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the NHL-best Boston Bruins on Sunday.

    That is the assessment of team-mate Brent Burns, who is enjoying a first-hand view of the flying Finn's excellent form.

    Aho scored for a fourth game running, while Paul Stastny, Seth Jarvis and Jordan Staal each finished with goals as the Canes made it five straight wins to sit top of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference.

    "It's been fun. It's fun to see a guy like that off the ice, what he does and how competitive he is on the ice," Burns said of Aho.

    "He doesn't like to lose in anything. It's fun to see it up close and take it to the next level.

    "He's just explosive when he gets the puck. Anybody can see his confidence growing and he's just a special player. It's special to see every day."

    Aho has racked up seven goals during his streak, and has 21 overall for the season.

    "He seems to have picked that step up again," Canes head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He's playing at a high level, that's for sure."

    Pavel Zacha managed the solitary goal for a Bruins side who have 81 points, the most in the NHL, but are now on a three-match losing streak.

    Nonetheless, Aho recognised the quality at Boston's disposal.

    "Through the lineup, every line did their job. That's a great team we played tonight," Aho said.

    "There's a reason why they're at the top of the standings. They play a good game. We needed to bring our best tonight."

    Brind'Amour added: "It was a great game. Listen, we know that that team is the cream of the crop and they're lapping everybody right now. It was a good test. 

    "We played good. Regardless of the opponent, we played solid the whole game."

  • Hamilton 'just trying to let it rip' after second straight OT winner for Devils Hamilton 'just trying to let it rip' after second straight OT winner for Devils

    Dougie Hamilton scored an overtime winner for the second time in as many games before describing his mindset as just "trying to let it rip".

    Hamilton scored a power-play goal with 1:06 left in overtime to clinch a 3-2 win for the New Jersey Devils over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, achieving the same feat in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    The Devils' defenseman had squared the game up after his side trailed entering the third period.

    "It was pretty similar I think," Hamilton told reporters when comparing both OT goals. "I was just hoping to try and get another shot today. Same as last game. I just tried to let it rip and see what happens."

    Center Jack Hughes set up the goal, with a pass from the boards as he fell to his knees to find a wide-open Hamilton.

    "Obviously a great play by Jack, just laid it on a platter for me," Hamilton said.

    Vegas Golden Knights rookie goaltender All-Star Logan Thompson accepted blame for Hamilton's goals, both deflected off defensemen. The result means the Golden Knights are 1-4-1 in their past six games.

    "I just lost it," Thompson said. "It’s an unacceptable goal for me. They score in the first four minutes and the last minute. That's on me, I have to be better."

    The Golden Knights have also scored two goals or fewer in four of their past five games, but remain top of the Pacific Division with a 29-17-3 record.

    The Devils are second in the Metropolitan Division with a 31-12-4 record, including a red-hot 8-1-1 record from their past 10 games.

© 2022 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.