Tampa, Florida — Tampa Bay Lightning did not abandon Their grip on the Stanley Cup without fighting.
Andrey Vasilevsky rejected shots one after another and continued his quest for two defending champions, 3 Pete. After all, another great performance by the star goalkeeper wasn't enough to prevent Colorado Avalanche from taking the title.
Lightning is the first team to win the Stanley Cup Championship three times in a row since the 2-1 defeat in Game 6 on Sunday night, when the New York Islanders scored a 4 in 4. It was 3-0 when faced with possible exclusions before stopping the bid to become. Lines of 1980-83.
Stephen Stemkos got off to a quick start by scoring in front of Darcy Kaempfer within four minutes of the match.
Avalanche only got 7 shots during the opening period, but did not stop coming to Vasilevsky. Vasilevsky finished nine and 28 saves during the third period.
Nathan McKinnon and Arturi Reconen scored second in Colorado, and after two periods of this postseason, Lightning could fall to 2-6 to recover. There was not.
Director John Cooper was often amazed at the team's willingness and determination to resist the temptation to settle for glory after winning consecutive championships.
Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, and New York Rangers for this year's final and won 11 consecutive victories before encountering a speedy and super-talented avalanche.
Despite Sunday night's defeat, Tampa Bay's window of success is closed, including Vasilevsky, Stemkos, Nikitakcherov, Victor Hedman and Brayden Point, who missed most of the playoffs. There are many reasons to believe that it is not. After leading the team with goals, he has won each of the last two postseasons.
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