Avalanche end Lightning's reign, win Stanley Cup for first time since 2001

Avalanche end Lightning's reign, win Stanley Cup for first time since 2001
1/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: The Colorado Avalanche pose for a team picture with the Stanley Cup after they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.
Avalanche end Lightning's reign, win Stanley Cup for first time since 2001
2/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog celebrates with the Stanley Cup.
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3/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog kisses the Stanley Cup.
Avalanche end Lightning's reign, win Stanley Cup for first time since 2001
4/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar lifts the Stanley Cup.
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5/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon lifts the Stanley Cup.
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6/89 SLIDES © Bruce Bennett, Getty Images Game 6: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar skates with the Conn Smythe Trophy after being named playoff MVP.
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7/89 SLIDES © Julio Aguilar, Getty Images Game 6: Colorado Avalanche players celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.
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8/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak checks Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon.
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9/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62) is congratulated at the bench after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period.
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10/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gives up a goal against Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen during the second period.
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11/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon celebrates his tying goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period.
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12/89 SLIDES © Julio Aguilar, Getty Images Game 6: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos collide.
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13/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov checks Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews into the boards.
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14/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) defends against Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) and center Nazem Kadri.
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15/89 SLIDES © Julio Aguilar, Getty Images Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos celebrates his first-period goal against the Colorado Avalanche.
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16/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos celebrates his first-period goal against the Colorado Avalanche.
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17/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog checks Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the first period.
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18/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh clears the puck against the Colorado Avalanche.
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19/89 SLIDES © Michael Madrid, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in Game 5 in Denver to keep their three-peat hopes alive. Colorado holds a 3-2 lead in the series, which will shift to Tampa on Sunday.
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20/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his go-ahead goal with center Steven Stamkos.
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21/89 SLIDES © Michael Madrid, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (left) celebrates after defenseman Cale Makar tied the game during the third period.
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22/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar celebrates his third-period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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23/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar hits Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat while playing for the puck during the third period.
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24/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his power play goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period.
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25/89 SLIDES © Michael Madrid, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during the second period.
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26/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram helps goaltender Darcy Kuemper defend the goal against Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon.
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27/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta (44) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period.
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28/89 SLIDES © Justin Edmonds, Getty Images Game 5: Colorado Avalance goaltender Darcy Kuemper makes a save during the first period.
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29/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) tries to puck the puck while on the ice.
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30/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson defends against Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos.
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31/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 5: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper stops a shot against Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon.
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32/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 4: Colorado Avalanche players celebrate their 3-2 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. They lead the two-time defending champions three games to one.
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33/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 4: Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri scores the overtime game-winner against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
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34/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 4: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon attempts to skate past Tampa Bay Lightning defenders in the third period.
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35/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 4: Colorado Avalanche forward Nico Sturm’s shot deflects in off center Andrew Cogliano for the tying goal in the third period.
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36/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period.
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37/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period.
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38/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save against Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin.
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39/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 4: Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri shoots against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
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40/89 SLIDES © Julio Aguilar, Getty Images Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning players congratulate Anthony Cirelli (71) after he scored the opening goal of the game.
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41/89 SLIDES © Phelan Ebenhack, AP Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who had lost his mask.
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42/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy celebrates with defenseman Ryan McDonagh after the Lightning defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. The Avalanche lead the series 2-1.
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43/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews checks Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov during the third period.
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44/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save against Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog.
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45/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta exchange words during the third period.
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46/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon grabs Colorado Avalanche center Andrew Cogliano during the third period.
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47/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche go at each other.
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48/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry celebratets after scoring against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz.
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49/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon celebrates after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period.
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50/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper during the first period.
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51/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli scores against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper during the first period.
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52/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher shoots against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stretched to make the save.
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53/89 SLIDES © Julio Aguilar, Getty Images Game 3: A Colorado Avalanche goal is waved off because of an offsides call.
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54/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon and Colorado Avalanche center Alex Newhook battle for the puck during the first period.
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55/89 SLIDES © Bruce Bennett, Getty Images Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy tracks the puck during the first period against the Colorado Avalanche.
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56/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: The Colorado Avalanche celebrate a 7-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning that gives them a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
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57/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (left) is congratulated after scoring one of his two third-period goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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58/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Officials separate Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews (7) in the third period.
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59/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper looks up at the scoreboard in the second period.
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60/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stops Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin during the second period.
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61/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is checked by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ross Colton.
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62/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev controls the puck as Colorado Avalanche center Nico Sturm falls into the boards.
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63/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky scores past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during the first period.
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64/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) battles for the puck along the boards with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) and left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62).
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65/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson reacts after his first-period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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66/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin celebrates after scoring the opening goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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67/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gives up a first-period goal to Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin.
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68/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan McKinnon warms up before Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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69/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 2: Fans arrive before Saturday’s Stanley Cup Final game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena.
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70/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky (95) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with teammates.
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71/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: The Colorado Avalanche celebrate Andre Burakovsky’s game-winning goal in overtime.
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72/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) celebrates Andre Burakovsky’s game-winning goal in overtime.
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73/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman reacts during the third period.
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74/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson checks Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul against the boards during the third period.
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75/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar checks Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel during the third period.
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76/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat looks to receive a pass as Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper looks on during the third period.
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77/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) celebrates with teammates after scoring goal during the second period.
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78/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy pokes the puck from Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin during the second period.
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79/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon battle after a play during the second period.
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80/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen celebrates with left wing Gabriel Landeskog after scoring in the first period.
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81/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli trips Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon during the first period.
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82/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul is congratulated after his goal in the first period.
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83/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper watches the puck during the first period.
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84/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin celebrates a goal with teammates during the first period.
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85/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gives up a goal to Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin during the first period.
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86/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first period.

The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2001, thanks to a resiliency that had eluded them in recent years.

The Avalanche tied an NHL record with their 10th come-from-behind victory of the playoffs to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 Sunday night and end the two-time champions’ reign.

Colorado star Nathan MacKinnon had his best game of the series with a goal and an assist in the second period to help the Avalanche clinch the franchise’s third Stanley Cup with a 16-4 playoff record.

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“It’s a relief. It’s a 20-pound weight lifted off our shoulders, and it means so much to bring this championship back to the city of Denver,” captain Gabriel Landeskog told NHL Network during the on-ice celebration at Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

The Lightning, who were trying to send the series back to Denver for Game 7, got off to a good start when captain Steven Stamkos scored at 3:48 of the first period after a Colorado turnover.

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But MacKinnon tied it up at 1:54 of the second period on a one-timer during a delayed penalty. The Lightning argued that they touched the puck after the penalty, which should have resulted in the play being called dead, but the referees disagreed.

Artturi Lehkonen beat Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy at 12:28 to give the Avalanche their first regulation lead since Game 3. It ended up being his fourth game-winning goal and second consecutive series clincher.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who was acquired in the offseason after Philipp Grubauer left in free agency, made that lead stand up with a strong save against Nikita Kucherov in the third period. He finished with 22 saves.

The Avalanche have steadily improved since finishing last overall in 2016-17 and had finished second, first and third overall the past three regular seasons.

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© Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog lifts the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.

Colorado got knocked out in the second round the last three postseasons, last year being particularly difficult because the Avalanche lost in six games to the Vegas Golden Knights after taking a 2-0 series lead.

“They had a tough end to last year,” general manager Joe Sakic told NHL Network. “It stung. This group, right from Day 1 in training camp, they’re preparing, they’re doing everything they could to make this happen.”

Sakic, the Avalanche’s captain during the franchise’s 1996 and 2001 championships, spent the 2022 trade deadline adding grit on the blue line and improving the penalty killing. Defenseman Josh Manson helped with both, and forwards Lehkonen, Nico Sturm and Andrew Cogliano kill penalties.

The moves also helped give the Avalanche the depth to overcome a season-ending injury to defenseman Sam Girard and missed games by Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Cogliano. They swept the Nashville Predators in the first round and the Edmonton Oilers in the conference finals, and beat the St. Louis Blues in six games in the second round.

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87/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, IUSA TODAY Sports Game 1: Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin tosses a puck to a fan during warmups.
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Cale Makar wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar was voted the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after recording 29 points.

Makar (23 years, 239 days) became the youngest defenseman in 52 years to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and third overall to do so at age 23 or younger, following Bobby Orr with the 1970 Boston Bruins (22 years, 51 days) and Serge Savard with the 1969 Montreal Canadiens (23 years, 102 days).

Lightning fall short of three-peat bid

The Lightning had to remake their depth in the offseason because of salary cap woes but got past the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers to reach the Final for the third year in a row. They won only Games 3 and 5 to fall short of the NHL’s first three-peat since the 1980s, but they won 11 consecutive series.

“We just ran out of gas,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters.

Cooper brought the entire coaching to the podium as he had after the previous championships.

“It’s tough because it’s so raw,” he said. “We haven’t been through this feeling in three years. … I will always remember this team for what they endured, what they went through to get to this point. You have to marvel at them.”

The Lightning never had home-ice advantage in the playoffs and had to deal with injuries, including having star Brayden Point for only two games since Game 7 of the first round. Cooper said other players played through injuries.

“What they went through was mind-boggling,” he said. “We would have had half our minor-league team playing if it was the regular season. …. The heart of champions.”

Around the rinks 

Defenseman Erik Johnson, who has been with the Avalanche since 2011, was the second person to be handed the Stanley Cup after Landeskog first lifted it. He has dealt with injuries in recent years. “Last year, I thought I might have to retire, and here I am Stanley Cup champion with some of my best friends in the world,” he told ESPN. “I’m so grateful. I can’t believe it.” … NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly handled the postgame presentations because commissioner Gary Bettman has tested positive for COVID-19.

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14/16 SLIDES © Donna McWilliam, AP 2000: Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
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15/16 SLIDES © Don Heupel, AP 1999: Joe Nieuwendyk, Dallas Stars
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1/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports June 26: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog kisses the Stanley Cup trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6.
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2/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports June 24: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his go-ahead goal against the Colorado Avalanche. The Lightning won 3-2 and trail the best-of-seven series 3-2.
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3/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports June 22: Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri scores in overtime against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for a 3-2 victory.
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4/89 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports June 20: The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ross Colton and Colorado Avalanche’s Logan O’Connor fight during the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. The Lightning won the game, 6-2.
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5/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports June 18: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson hits Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the third period of Game 2. The Avalanche won 7-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
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6/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports June 15: The Colorado Avalanche celebrate their 4-3 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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7/89 SLIDES © Chris O’Meara, AP June 11: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos shows left wing Pat Maroon the Prince of Wales trophy after the team defeated the New York Rangers in Game 6.
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8/89 SLIDES © Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports June 9: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period of Game 5 vs. the New York Rangers.
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9/89 SLIDES © Nathan Ray Seebeck, USA TODAY Sports June 7: Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scores past New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin in the third period of Game 4.
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10/89 SLIDES © Walter Tychnowicz, USA TODAY Sports June 6: The Colorado Avalanche pose with the Clarence Campbell Bowl after beating the Edmonton Oilers in overtime of Game 4.
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11/89 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports June 5: The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the last-minute winning goal by left wing Ondrej Palat (18) against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin in Game 3.
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12/89 SLIDES © Walter Tychnowicz, USA TODAY Sports June 4: Colorado Avalanche forward J.T. Compher celebrates his third-period goal against the Edmonton Oilers with defenseman Bowen Byram.
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13/89 SLIDES © Dennis Schneidler, USA TODAY Sports June 3: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry dives on a loose puck in the crease behind goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during Game 2 against the New York Rangers.
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14/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports June 2: Edmonton Oilers right wing Zack Kassian (right) pulls the helmet off of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram after a check by right wing Josh Archibald.
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15/89 SLIDES © Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports June 1: New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his second goal of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
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16/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports May 31: Oilers wing Josh Archibald (15) trips over goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) as the puck goes into the net for an Avalanche goal during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Colorado.
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17/89 SLIDES © James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports May 30: New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin stops the shot of the Carolina Hurricanes’ Sebastian Aho during the first period of Game 7 at PNC Arena.
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18/89 SLIDES © Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports May 28: New York Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller pins Carolina Hurricanes right wing Jesper Fast to the ice during the third period of Game 6.
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19/89 SLIDES © Jeff Roberson, AP May 27: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson makes a save against the St. Louis Blues with goaltender Darcy Kuemper out of position in Game 6.
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20/89 SLIDES © Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports May 26: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid celebrates his overtime, series-winning goal in Game 5 vs. the rival Calgary Flames.
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21/89 SLIDES © James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports May 26: Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov scores against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin during the third period of Game 5.
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22/89 SLIDES © Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports May 26: Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom makes a toe save against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of Game 5.
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23/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports May 25: St. Louis Blues center Tyler Bozak celebrates his game-winning overtime goal in Game 5 against the Colorado Avalanche.
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24/89 SLIDES © Bruce Bennett, Getty Images May 24: Carolina Hurricanes forward Max Domi goes flying after a check from New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in Game 4.
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25/89 SLIDES © Perry Nelson, USA TODAY Sports May 24: Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm checks Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane during the second period of Game 4.
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26/89 SLIDES © Jeff Le, USA TODAY Sports May 23: St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron knocks down Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri during the second period of Game 4.
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27/89 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports May 23: Pat Maroon celebrates after scoring the Tampa Bay Lightning’s opening goal in a 2-0 win in Game 4. The Lightning advanced to the third round with a series sweep.
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28/89 SLIDES © Perry Nelson, USA TODAY Sports May 22: The Flames and Oilers tussle after Calgary forward Milan Lucic ran over Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith during the third period of Game 3.
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29/89 SLIDES © Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports May 22: New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider congratulates goalie Igor Shesterkin (43 saves) after a 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3.
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30/89 SLIDES © Mike Carlson, Getty Images May 22: Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky reacts as the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a goal during the second period of Game 3.
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31/89 SLIDES © Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports May 21: Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri collides with St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington during the first period in Game 3.
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32/89 SLIDES © Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports May 20: Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid checks Calgary Flames defenseman Erik Gudbranson during the second period of Game 2.
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33/89 SLIDES © James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports May 20: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) clears the puck away from New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period of Game 2.
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34/89 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports May 19: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper looks on as left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62) defends against the St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas in the second period of Game 2 at Ball Arena.
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35/89 SLIDES © Sam Navarro, USA TODAY Sports May 19: The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ross Colton celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 at FLA Live Arena.
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36/89 SLIDES © Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports May 18: Fans toss hats on the ice after Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk scores his third goal of Game 1 against the Edmonton Oilers.
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37/89 SLIDES © James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports May 18: Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho ties the game in the third period of Game 1 against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin.
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38/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports May 17: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog and St. Louis Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola battle for control in front of goaltender Jordan Binnington in the second period of Game 1.
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39/89 SLIDES © Sam Navarro, USA TODAY Sports May 17: Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton celebrates his third-period goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 1.
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40/89 SLIDES © Candice Ward, USA TODAY Sports May 15: The Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period of Game 7 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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41/89 SLIDES © Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports May 15: The New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates Ryan Lindgren (55) and Mika Zibanejad (93) during Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.
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42/89 SLIDES © Nick Turchiaro, USA TODAY Sports May 14: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nick Paul and Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares battle in front of the net during the third period of Game 7. Paul scored twice in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win.
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43/89 SLIDES © Perry Nelson, USA TODAY Sports May 14: Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 7.
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44/89 SLIDES © James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports Bruins left wing Erik Haula and Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter battle for the puck during Saturday’s Game 7.
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45/89 SLIDES © Gene J. Puskar, AP May 13: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Louis Domingue blocks a shot by New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider, but the puck bounces over his head and into the net for the go-ahead goal in Game 6.
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46/89 SLIDES © Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports May 13: Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger stops a shot by Calgary Flames center Trevor Lewis during Game 6.
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47/89 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports May 13: Washington Capitals right wing Anthony Mantha attempts to deflect the puck past Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 6.
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48/89 SLIDES © Jeff Le, USA TODAY Sports May 12: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington makes a save against Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek in Game 6.
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49/89 SLIDES © Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports May 12: The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles tussle during the first period of Game 6.
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50/89 SLIDES © Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports May 12: Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) shoves Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter (21) after a whistle in Game 6.
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51/89 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports May 12: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is congratulated after a 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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52/89 SLIDES © Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports May 11: Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom makes a save against the Dallas Stars during the first period of Game 5 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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53/89 SLIDES © Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports May 11: The Florida Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad (left) and Washington Capitals’ Anthony Mantha fight during the third period of Game 5 at FLA Live Arena.
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54/89 SLIDES © Dennis Schneidler, USA TODAY Sports May 11: The New York Rangers’ Alexis Lafrenire celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.
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55/89 SLIDES © Perry Nelson, USA TODAY Sports May 10: Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe, left, scores in overtime against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith to win Game 5.
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56/89 SLIDES © Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images May 10: Carolina Hurricanes forward Seth Jarvis is flattened by the Boston Bruins’ Brandon Carlo. But Jarvis scored a bank shot goal off Jake DeBrusk’s skate right after in Game 5.
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57/89 SLIDES © John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports May 10: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scores the winning goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 5.
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58/89 SLIDES © Matt Blewett, USA TODAY Sports May 10: Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno checks St. Louis Blues center Robert Thomas in Game 5.
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59/89 SLIDES © Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports May 9: Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar meet in the handshake line after the Avalanche swept the Predators.
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60/89 SLIDES © Patrick Smith, Getty Images May 9: Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett goes airborne after a hit from the Washington Capitals’ T.J. Oshie during Game 4.
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61/89 SLIDES © Richard Rodriguez, Getty Images May 9: Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau scores on a penalty shot against Dallas Stars forward Jake Oettinger during Game 4.
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62/89 SLIDES © Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports May 9: Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Jake Guentzel, left, and Bryan Rust celebrate a goal by Guentzel against the New York Rangers during the second period of Game 4.
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63/89 SLIDES © Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports May 8: The Los Angeles Kings’ Blake Lizotte (46) helps goaltender Jonathan Quick defend the goal against the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian (44) during the first period of Game 4 at Crypto.com Arena.
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64/89 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports May 8: The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly (44) and Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point fight during the third period of Game 4 at Amalie Arena.
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65/89 SLIDES © Jeff Le, USA TODAY Sports May 8: St. Louis Blues left wing Brandon Saad (20) takes a shot against the Minnesota Wild during the first period in Game 4 at Enterprise Center.
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66/89 SLIDES © Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports May 8: Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) shoots the puck on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta during the first period in Game 4 at TD Garden.
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67/89 SLIDES © Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports May 7: Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period of Game 3 against the Calgary Flames.
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68/89 SLIDES © Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports May 7: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evan Rodrigues reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period of Game 3.
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69/89 SLIDES © Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports May 7: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper falls to the ice after taking a stick to the eye during the first period of Game 3 against the Nashville Predators.
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70/89 SLIDES © Jeff Le, USA TODAY Sports May 6: Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek (14) and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defend the net from St. Louis Blues center Dakota Joshua (54) during Game 3.
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71/89 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports May 6: Edmonton Oilers left wing Zach Hyman (18) and teammates celebrate after his goal against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in Game 3.
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72/89 SLIDES © Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports May 6: Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall checks Carolina Hurricanes center Seth Jarvis into the boards during Game 3.
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73/89 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports May 6: Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) shoots as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Ilya Lyubushkin defends during Game 3.
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74/89 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports May 5: Nashville Predators center Yakov Trenin leaps into the glass after scoring in the first period of Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche.
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75/89 SLIDES © Candice Ward, USA TODAY Sports May 5: Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell and Calgary Flames defenseman Erik Gudbranson collide during the second period of Game 2.
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76/89 SLIDES © Dennis Schneidler, USA TODAY Sports May 5: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang checks New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafrenière during the second period of Game 2.
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77/89 SLIDES © Sam Navarro, USA TODAY Sports May 5: Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell, left, celebrates with center Sam Reinhart after scoring against the Washington Capitals during the second period of Game 2.
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78/89 SLIDES © Perry Nelson, USA TODAY Sports May 4: Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian cross-checks Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux during the first period of Game 2.

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June 26: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog kisses the Stanley Cup trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6.

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June 24: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his go-ahead goal against the Colorado Avalanche. The Lightning won 3-2 and trail the best-of-seven series 3-2.

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June 22: Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri scores in overtime against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for a 3-2 victory.

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June 20: The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ross Colton and Colorado Avalanche’s Logan O’Connor fight during the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. The Lightning won the game, 6-2.

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June 18: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson hits Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the third period of Game 2. The Avalanche won 7-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

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June 15: The Colorado Avalanche celebrate their 4-3 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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June 11: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos shows left wing Pat Maroon the Prince of Wales trophy after the team defeated the New York Rangers in Game 6.

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June 9: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period of Game 5 vs. the New York Rangers.

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June 7: Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scores past New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin in the third period of Game 4.

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June 6: The Colorado Avalanche pose with the Clarence Campbell Bowl after beating the Edmonton Oilers in overtime of Game 4.

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June 5: The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the last-minute winning goal by left wing Ondrej Palat (18) against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin in Game 3.

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June 4: Colorado Avalanche forward J.T. Compher celebrates his third-period goal against the Edmonton Oilers with defenseman Bowen Byram.

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June 3: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry dives on a loose puck in the crease behind goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during Game 2 against the New York Rangers.

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June 2: Edmonton Oilers right wing Zack Kassian (right) pulls the helmet off of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram after a check by right wing Josh Archibald.

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June 1: New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his second goal of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

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May 31: Oilers wing Josh Archibald (15) trips over goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) as the puck goes into the net for an Avalanche goal during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Colorado.

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May 30: New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin stops the shot of the Carolina Hurricanes’ Sebastian Aho during the first period of Game 7 at PNC Arena.

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May 28: New York Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller pins Carolina Hurricanes right wing Jesper Fast to the ice during the third period of Game 6.

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May 27: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson makes a save against the St. Louis Blues with goaltender Darcy Kuemper out of position in Game 6.

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May 26: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid celebrates his overtime, series-winning goal in Game 5 vs. the rival Calgary Flames.

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May 26: Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov scores against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin during the third period of Game 5.

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May 26: Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom makes a toe save against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of Game 5.

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May 25: St. Louis Blues center Tyler Bozak celebrates his game-winning overtime goal in Game 5 against the Colorado Avalanche.

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May 24: Carolina Hurricanes forward Max Domi goes flying after a check from New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in Game 4.

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May 24: Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm checks Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane during the second period of Game 4.

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May 23: St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron knocks down Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri during the second period of Game 4.

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May 23: Pat Maroon celebrates after scoring the Tampa Bay Lightning’s opening goal in a 2-0 win in Game 4. The Lightning advanced to the third round with a series sweep.

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May 22: The Flames and Oilers tussle after Calgary forward Milan Lucic ran over Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith during the third period of Game 3.

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May 22: New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider congratulates goalie Igor Shesterkin (43 saves) after a 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3.

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May 22: Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky reacts as the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a goal during the second period of Game 3.

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May 21: Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri collides with St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington during the first period in Game 3.

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May 20: Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid checks Calgary Flames defenseman Erik Gudbranson during the second period of Game 2.

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May 20: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) clears the puck away from New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period of Game 2.

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May 19: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper looks on as left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62) defends against the St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas in the second period of Game 2 at Ball Arena.

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May 19: The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ross Colton celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 at FLA Live Arena.

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May 18: Fans toss hats on the ice after Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk scores his third goal of Game 1 against the Edmonton Oilers.

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May 18: Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho ties the game in the third period of Game 1 against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin.

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May 17: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog and St. Louis Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola battle for control in front of goaltender Jordan Binnington in the second period of Game 1.

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May 17: Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton celebrates his third-period goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 1.

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May 15: The Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period of Game 7 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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May 15: The New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates Ryan Lindgren (55) and Mika Zibanejad (93) during Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

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May 14: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nick Paul and Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares battle in front of the net during the third period of Game 7. Paul scored twice in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win.

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May 14: Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 7.

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Bruins left wing Erik Haula and Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter battle for the puck during Saturday’s Game 7.

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May 13: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Louis Domingue blocks a shot by New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider, but the puck bounces over his head and into the net for the go-ahead goal in Game 6.

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May 13: Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger stops a shot by Calgary Flames center Trevor Lewis during Game 6.

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May 13: Washington Capitals right wing Anthony Mantha attempts to deflect the puck past Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 6.

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May 12: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington makes a save against Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek in Game 6.

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May 12: The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles tussle during the first period of Game 6.

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May 12: Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) shoves Carolina Hurricanes right wing Nino Niederreiter (21) after a whistle in Game 6.

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May 12: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is congratulated after a 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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May 11: Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom makes a save against the Dallas Stars during the first period of Game 5 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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May 11: The Florida Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad (left) and Washington Capitals’ Anthony Mantha fight during the third period of Game 5 at FLA Live Arena.

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May 11: The New York Rangers’ Alexis Lafrenire celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

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May 10: Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe, left, scores in overtime against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith to win Game 5.

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May 10: Carolina Hurricanes forward Seth Jarvis is flattened by the Boston Bruins’ Brandon Carlo. But Jarvis scored a bank shot goal off Jake DeBrusk’s skate right after in Game 5.

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May 10: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scores the winning goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 5.

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May 10: Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno checks St. Louis Blues center Robert Thomas in Game 5.

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May 9: Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar meet in the handshake line after the Avalanche swept the Predators.

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May 9: Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett goes airborne after a hit from the Washington Capitals’ T.J. Oshie during Game 4.

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May 9: Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau scores on a penalty shot against Dallas Stars forward Jake Oettinger during Game 4.

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May 9: Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Jake Guentzel, left, and Bryan Rust celebrate a goal by Guentzel against the New York Rangers during the second period of Game 4.

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May 8: The Los Angeles Kings’ Blake Lizotte (46) helps goaltender Jonathan Quick defend the goal against the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian (44) during the first period of Game 4 at Crypto.com Arena.

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May 8: The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly (44) and Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point fight during the third period of Game 4 at Amalie Arena.

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May 8: St. Louis Blues left wing Brandon Saad (20) takes a shot against the Minnesota Wild during the first period in Game 4 at Enterprise Center.

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May 8: Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) shoots the puck on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta during the first period in Game 4 at TD Garden.

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May 7: Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period of Game 3 against the Calgary Flames.

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May 7: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evan Rodrigues reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period of Game 3.

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May 7: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper falls to the ice after taking a stick to the eye during the first period of Game 3 against the Nashville Predators.

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May 6: Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek (14) and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defend the net from St. Louis Blues center Dakota Joshua (54) during Game 3.

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May 6: Edmonton Oilers left wing Zach Hyman (18) and teammates celebrate after his goal against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in Game 3.

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May 6: Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall checks Carolina Hurricanes center Seth Jarvis into the boards during Game 3.

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May 6: Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) shoots as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Ilya Lyubushkin defends during Game 3.

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May 5: Nashville Predators center Yakov Trenin leaps into the glass after scoring in the first period of Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche.

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May 5: Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell and Calgary Flames defenseman Erik Gudbranson collide during the second period of Game 2.

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May 5: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang checks New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafrenière during the second period of Game 2.

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May 5: Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell, left, celebrates with center Sam Reinhart after scoring against the Washington Capitals during the second period of Game 2.

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May 4: Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian cross-checks Los Angeles Kings forward Brendan Lemieux during the first period of Game 2.

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May 4: Minnesota Wild right wing Brandon Duhaime tries to deflect the puck in front of St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso during the second period of Game 2.

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May 4: Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand swings his stick at Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov during the second period of Game 2.

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May 4: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Corey Perry scores against Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell during the second period of Game 2.

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May 3: New York Rangers center Andrew Copp plays the puck in front of Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Louis Domingue during the third overtime in Game 1. Dominque entered the game in the second OT when Casey DeSmith left.

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May 3: Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm and Dallas Stars center Roope Hintz fight for position in front of Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger in Game 1.

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May 3: Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the third period of Game 1.

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May 3: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) scores a goal against the Nashville Predators while falling in Game 1.

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May 2: St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron checks Minnesota Wild defenseman Jon Merrill in the first period of Game 1. Perron had a hat trick in the game.

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May 2: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, left, celebrates with Auston Matthews after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1. That ended Marner’s 18-game playoff goal drought.

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May 2: Boston Bruins left wing Erik Haula hits Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov during Game 1.

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May 2: Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick makes a save against Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid during the third period of Game 1.

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