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2022 Stanley Cup Final – How Game 3 impacts the rest of the series as Lightning strike back at Avalanche with 6-2 victory

2022 Stanley Cup Final - How Game 3 impacts the rest of the series as Lightning strike back at Avalanche with 6-2 victory

TAMPA, Fla. — What a difference 48 hours and a venue change makes. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final — and coming off of a 7-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche that felt even more lopsided than that score — the Tampa Bay Lightning returned home and threw an epic counterpunch, …

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2022 Stanley Cup Final – What we learned in Game 2, and how it impacts the rest of Avalanche-Lightning series

2022 Stanley Cup Final - What we learned in Game 2, and how it impacts the rest of Avalanche-Lightning series

Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final was a back-and-forth thriller, with the Colorado Avalanche winning a 4-3 contest in overtime over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 2 was … not nearly as thrilling, with the Avs jumping out to an early lead and then pouring it on en route to a 7-0 win. …

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‘He’s a huge X factor’

'He's a huge X factor'

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche stars dominated headlines before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Valeri Nichushkin was dominant on the ice. To the uninitiated, Nichushkin’s terrific all-around performance in Colorado’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning — including a goal and a key assist on Andre Burakovsky’s game-winner …

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2022 NHL free-agency rankings – Top options, best values, boom-or-bust players

2022 NHL free-agency rankings - Top options, best values, boom-or-bust players

There are different ways for teams to enter the NHL free-agent pool. There are big splashes for star players. Other teams methodically wade in, making sure their feet (and their finances) remain grounded. Some just dip their toes in. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche, currently playing in the Stanley Cup Final, were both …

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Stanley Cup Final 2022 – Tampa Bay Lightning-Colorado Avalanche Game 1 tickets have highest average sale price since 2010

2022 Stanley Cup Final - The 10 most pivotal players in the Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning series

The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning are set up for quite the compelling matchup in the Stanley Cup Final, and the Game 1 ticket prices reflect as much. The price for a ticket to Game 1, at an average of $1,061, is the highest Stanley Cup Final Game 1 ticket since 2010, according to …

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How the New York Rangers take the next step to Stanley Cup contention

How the New York Rangers take the next step to Stanley Cup contention

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant sat inside a conference room at Amalie Arena, discussing how his team’s surprising Stanley Cup playoffs run ended in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. On the other side of a wall sat coach Jon Cooper, surrounded by Tampa Bay Lightning conference championship hats and …

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What we’ve learned about the Stanley Cup Final-bound Lightning through three rounds

What we've learned about the Stanley Cup Final-bound Lightning through three rounds

TAMPA BAY — The Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the New York Rangers and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the third straight season, with the Colorado Avalanche rested and ready for Game 1 (Wednesday, 8 ET, ESPN). Here are five things we learned about the Lightning so far in their 2022 postseason journey …

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NBA Finals 2022 – Why the Warriors and Celtics need their big men in a big way

NBA Finals 2022 - Why the Warriors and Celtics need their big men in a big way

BOSTON — Steve Kerr has made a lot of high-pressure, large-stakes decisions during his NBA career. Like that afternoon in 1995 when he got fed up with Michael Jordan in a Chicago Bulls practice and made the choice to throw a forearm and ended up with a black eye. The Golden State Warriors’ coach had …

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Was Tony La Russa’s intentional walk of Trea Turner the worst in MLB history? A-ranking

Was Tony La Russa's intentional walk of Trea Turner the worst in MLB history?  A-ranking

And you thought the intentional walk had gone the way of Blockbuster, the iPod and those titanium-infused Phiten necklaces that stabilized the body’s energy flow. You were wrong! Turns out, the intentional walk is still part of the game — and, courtesy of Joe Maddon and now Tony La Russa, it gifted us with two …

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The top candidates for NHL head-coaching jobs this offseason

The top candidates for NHL head-coaching jobs this offseason

There was this coach I heard about. He hadn’t yet served as an NHL head coach. His qualifications indicated he was ready to do so. So like a fan of a new indie band double-checking its coolness with a music snob, I reached out to an NHL team executive to ask how they felt about …

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