2022 NHL Draft: What is each team’s biggest need?

Today we look at each NHL team’s biggest need going into the 2022 NHL Draft. Biggest need, in this context, doesn’t mean the immediate need on the big club’s roster. This is not about filling needs for the 2022-23 NHL season. The purpose of this from an NHL Draft perspective is to examine a club’s … Read more

Makar wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for Avalanche

TAMPA — As kids, like most hockey-playing Canadians, Cale and Taylor Makar had won the Stanley Cup dozens and dozens of times. Their mini-sticks battles had ended in championships, in the Cup lofted, the celebration honed. It was never anything like this. Because this was something Hold Makar could never even have imagined. Not only … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning denied three-peat by Colorado Avalanche but adamant ‘it’s not the end of our run’

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning fell short of the first Stanley Cup three-peat since 1983 — but they don’t believe their dynasty has crumbled. “Who said we’re done?” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said after his team’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night. … Read more

Colorado Avalanche win first Stanley Cup since 2001 with comeback victory in Game 6

TAMPA, Fla. — The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2001 after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the Cup Final on Sunday. Artturi Lehkonen scored the Avalanche’s game winner in the second period. Darcy Kuemper registered 22 saves in the victory. Tampa Bay was making … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point to miss fourth straight Stanley Cup Final game

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he expects to go with the same lineup in Game 6 that he used in Game 5, meaning center Brayden Point will miss his fourth straight game of the Stanley Cup Final. Point skated with the team again ahead of Sunday night’s Game 6 in … Read more

Key tripping call that flipped Game 5 ‘a tough one’, says Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

DENVER — Colorado coach Jared Bednar wasn’t happy about a controversial penalty call in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday that helped determine the Avalanche’s fate in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Bednar’s team led the series 3-1 entering Game 5 with a chance to hoist the Cup on home ice. … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Best moments, scenes and breakdown of Tampa Bay Lightning-Colorado Avalanche Game 5

The Stanley Cup is in the building. The Colorado Avalanche lead the best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1. The Avs could close out the series and keep the Cup in the building in Friday’s Game 5. Game 4, which ended in a 3-2 Colorado overtime win, did not come without controversy. Video replay … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Can the Avs clinch on home ice? Previewing what could be a deciding Game 5

7:00 AM ET ESPN-staff The 2022 Stanley Cup Final could be decided Friday night in Denver, with the Colorado Avalanche holding a 3-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Who needs to step up for the Lightning to force the series back to Tampa? Who is the Conn Smythe favourite? Will the Avs lift the … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper questions if Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s OT winner should have counted

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper held a short, tense news conference after their Stanley Cup Final Game 4 loss on Wednesday night during which he questioned the legality of Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s game-winning goal in overtime. Cooper rambled for a minute on his love of the NHL and his … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Best moments, scenes and breakdown from Colorado Avalanche-Tampa Bay Lightning Game 4

The Tampa Bay Lightning showed some life in Game 3 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. After getting blown out in Game 2, Tampa got goals from six different scorers in a 6-2 win. After allowing 11 goals in the first two games, Andrei Vasilevskiy was back in form … Read more