Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay are gold-medal hypocrites

Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay are gold-medal hypocrites

If Devon Toews is dangerous, Corey Perry is malignant. Or is it hockey etiquette when a player is helplessly sprawled out on the ice, the way JT Compher was in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, to put your full weight on the sprawled player’s leglike the footstool at a library, while digging your … Read more

Perry, Paul among key additions stepping up for Lightning in Cup Final

Perry, Paul among key additions stepping up for Lightning in Cup Final

Yet, the Lightning are in the Stanley Cup Final again with an opportunity to even the best-of-7 series against the Colorado Avalanche with a victory in Game 4 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 pm ET; ABC, ESPN+, CBC, SN , VAT). This hasn’t happened by chance. Nicholas Paul and Corey Perrytwo of the forwards … Read more

Lehkonen making father proud with his drive toward winning Stanley Cup

Lehkonen making father proud with his drive toward winning Stanley Cup

He watched his son, Artturi Lehkonenscore a goal for the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. And the 60-year-old coach and mentor, who’s covering the Final for YLE television network from Finland, continues to watch Artturi represent the newest generation of … Read more

Stanley Cup Final Game 3 live blog: Avalanche vs. Lightning

Stanley Cup Final Game 3 live blog: Avalanche vs.  Lightning

8:55 p.m. ET We have a Goal of the Final — and maybe Goal of the Season — candidate from Anthony Cirelli, who just lit this place up with an unbelievable power-play goal at 13:03. He got around the Avalanche defensemen, skated it in on goalie Darcy Kuemper, and somehow slide it through his pads. … Read more

Manson eyes Stanley Cup with Avalanche in Final after father came close

Manson eyes Stanley Cup with Avalanche in Final after father came close

“Oh, I didn’t even think about [Father’s Day],” Josh, a Colorado Avalanche defenseman, said last week. “The focus has been on everything else. I’m sure we’ll be spending some good time together soon and we’ll want to make it special.” Josh and the Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the … Read more

Avalanche chasing Stanley Cup greatness, but don’t write off Lightning

Avalanche chasing Stanley Cup greatness, but don't write off Lightning

DENVER– They’re chasing greatness. They’ve got a shot to do something that hasn’t been done since a legendary team did it in the 1980s. No, not the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are trying to become the first team to win three straight Stanley Cup championships since the New York Islanders won four in a row … Read more

Meet the Avalanche fan who got banned for spreading his friend’s ashes on Ball Arena ice. With no regrets.

Meet the Avalanche fan who got banned for spreading his friend's ashes on Ball Arena ice.  With no regrets.

Ryan Clark can live with being banned from Avalanche home games right now. Because, dang it, The Lord and Cale Makar as his witnesses, he’d do it again. Stanley Cup and all. In a heartbeat. “I told myself at the time, ‘This is gonna (stink) if they make the playoffs,’” Clark laughed from his home … Read more

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 live blog: Lightning vs. Avalanche

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 live blog: Lightning vs.  Avalanche

9:00 p.m. ET After one period in Game 2, the Colorado Avalanche lead the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0, and the partying is in full swing at Ball Arena. Valery Nichushkin, Josh Manson and Andre Burakovsky have scored for the Avalanche, who outshot the Lightning 11-5 in the period. Tampa Bay did not have a sniff … Read more

Avalanche’s Valeri Nichushkin is be best $850,000 Joe Sakic ever spent

Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin is be best $850,000 Joe Sakic ever spent

Picking a favorite Joe Sakic steal is like having to pick a favorite kid. But a tip of the salary cap to the $850,000 the Avalanche general manager gave Valeri Nichushkin three summers ago, a deal that’s aged like the finest of wines. “You know, I think about that (sometimes),” Nichushkin, the two-way forward — … Read more

Vasilevskiy vs. Kuemper, Francouz goalie matchup in Stanley Cup Final

Vasilevskiy vs.  Kuemper, Francouz goalie matchup in Stanley Cup Final

Goaltending is an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each goalie who could play in the 2022 Cup Final between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning, the last 50 goals allowed by each goalie in the regular season and every goal in the playoffs were … Read more