• Stanley Cup Final, Game 5: Five things to watch when Avalanche faces Lightning

    11 days ago - By Bésame

    With a victory on Friday night at Ball Arena, the Avalanche will win the Stanley Cup for the third time and prevent the Tampa Bay Lightning from a three-peat.
    Five things to watch for Game 5 1) Close it out at home. The Avalanche haven't closed out a playoff series at home since 2008. They can win the Stanley Cup in front of the burgundy-and-blue faithful at Ball Arena for Denver's biggest hockey celebration since 2001.
    “It's going to be great,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Thursday morning at the Tampa airport. “We try all season long to get home-ice advantage and we came in and got...
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  • Avalanche Analysis: Darcy Kuemper's bounce-back effort helps put team one win from Stanley Cup

    12 days ago - By Bésame

    Darcy Kuemper, stopper of Tampa Bay Lightning shots.
    And Darcy Kuemper, offensive catalyst?
    After he stopped 37 shots in Wednesday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Kuemper received the secondary assist on Nazem Kadri's overtime goal, capping his night of redemption.
    After he allowed five goals on 22 shots and watched the final 28 minutes from the bench in Monday's Game 3 loss, Kuemper was rock solid except for Victor Hedman's back-handed goal in the second period. That was the only blemish on Kuemper's scorecard as the Avalanche moved into position to clinch the Cup on home ice Friday...
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