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The Wraparound: Avalanche get second chance to take Stanley Cup from Lightning

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Overview is your take on the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. We break down Game 6 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals, including all the important TV information.

• We are here in game 6 because of the clutch game Ondrej Palat as well as Andrey Vasilevsky Friday evening.

• Andre Burakovsky – Opportunity in Game 6, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar says.after the striker missed the last three games due to a hand injury. Briden Point is also a gaming solution for Lightning.

The Colorado Avalanche will get a second chance at glory Sunday night. Game 6 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals will take place at Tampa Bay’s AMALIE Arena, a potential location for a memorable night for the franchise.

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Maybe the Avalanche players felt the nerves in Game 5 to 3-1 in the series in his first attempt to shut out the Lightning. It was a very good performance by Tampa Bay to give themselves another chance. And now the pressure remains on Colorado, who face a Game 7 win on Tuesday if they fail to qualify for the Cup again.

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The Avalanche know the old sports cliché that winning a series four is the hardest win. They are aware of the stakes and realize that they missed an opportunity that could serve as a wake-up call before Sunday night.

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

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“That’s what you’re trying to do,” said Colorado head coach Jared Bednar. “At the moment we have had a hell of a season, the work is not done yet, so me and our team still have a huge amount of concentration and determination. You’re here, this should be fun. some guys find it easier to enjoy it more than others. I mean, I know how much our guys want it now, they’ve been working for it.

“So, there is a certain amount of stress and anxiety that you have to try to get out of your head so that you can give your best performance. As I said, everything [handles] it’s different, but our guys have handled it well so far and I expect it to continue.”

It won’t be easy to win the fourth game. The two-time champions are not retreating, and Andrei Vasilevsky, after an unsuccessful start to the series, has only grown stronger. As Adam Graetz pointed out Saturday, the Lightning goaltender has a .940 save percentage in 25 career elimination games (both up and down in the series). He helped his team bounce back from a series deficit already this playoff, and he is the single most important factor for Tampa Bay in their quest to make a full comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

The Avalanche are aware of how dangerous this Lightning team is, and letting such a team get off the mat usually ends badly. Tampa Bay has a history of dealing with situations like this, which gives them confidence even as they lose hope of seeing their three-peat dream come to an end.

[MORE: This is Andrei Vasilevskiy’s time to shine]

“I can’t help but admire what’s going on and how many times you can get kicked and get back off the mat,” Lightning head coach John Cooper said. “These are not always game situations. It’s injuries, blocked shots, game play and all those things that just push you to leave. Just like little mosquitoes, like, “Okay, go.” It’s OK. It’s okay if you back off now. You have won. You did it. And that’s why I think the commands are not repeated, because it’s easy to get away.

“These guys won’t do it, and that’s something to be surprised about.”


Game 1 – Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)
Game 2 – Avalanche 7, Lightning 0
Game 3 – Lightning 6, Avalanche 2
Game 4 – Avalanche 3, Lightning 2 (OT)
Game 5 – Lightning 3, Avalanche 2
Game 6 – June 26: Avalanche at Lightning 8pm ET (ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
*Game 7 – June 28: Lightning in an Avalanche, 8 pm ET (ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)

* if it is needed


Sean Leahy writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.


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