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

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

Welcome to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Avalanche lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 and have yet to lose on the road this postseason, owning a 7-0 record. The Lightning lost the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final to the New York Rangers …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Brady among Tampa Bay sports stars to wish Lightning luck in Game 2

Brady among Tampa Bay sports stars to wish Lightning luck in Game 2

Tom Brady led a parade of sports stars with Tampa ties in wishing the Tampa Bay Lightning luck before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. “Let’s do this Lightning,” Brady says in the video shared by the Lightning on social media Saturday. “Bring home the Cup! Let’s go!” Tweet from @TBLightning: Some special fans …

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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 …

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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 — …

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Bednar earned credibility as players coach on road to Final for Avalanche

Bednar earned credibility as players coach on road to Final for Avalanche

The future Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman didn’t know what to think of his new coach. “I came from Michigan, where we had Red [Berenson], who’s a very old-school guy,” said Werenski, who won the 2016 Calder Cup with Bednar and Lake Erie. “I walked into the coach’s office the first day I get to Lake …

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Lightning defeat Rangers in Game 6, advance to third straight Cup Final

Lightning defeat Rangers in Game 6, advance to third straight Cup Final

TAMPA– The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Saturday. Tampa Bay won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Colorado Avalanche in the Cup Final. Game 1 is …

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