Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper questions if Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s OT winner should have counted

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper questions if Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri's OT winner should have counted

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper held a short, tense news conference after their Stanley Cup Final Game 4 loss on Wednesday night during which he questioned the legality of Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s game-winning goal in overtime. Cooper rambled for a minute on his love of the NHL and his … Read more

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions had been overwhelmed in a 7-0 loss in Game 2 at Ball Arena in Denver on Saturday, and they were down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. “That showing last game didn’t sit well with anyone in that locker room,” forward Anthony Cirelli said. “We knew we had to come out … Read more

Colorado Avalanche pull Darcy Kuemper from Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final, noncommittal on goalie’s status for Game 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Colorado Avalanche pull Darcy Kuemper from Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final, noncommittal on goalie's status for Game 4 vs.  Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — The Colorado Avalanche faced a critical decision in the crease after starter Darcy Kuemper was pulled from a 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. Kuemper allowed five goals on 22 shots before getting the hook midway through the second period. … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final – How Game 3 impacts the rest of the series as Lightning strike back at Avalanche with 6-2 victory

2022 Stanley Cup Final - How Game 3 impacts the rest of the series as Lightning strike back at Avalanche with 6-2 victory

TAMPA, Fla. — What a difference 48 hours and a venue change makes. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final — and coming off a 7-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche that felt even more lopsided than that score — the Tampa Bay Lightning returned home and threw an epic counterpunch, skating … Read more

Vasilevskiy ‘left out to dry’ by Lightning in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final

Vasilevskiy 'left out to dry' by Lightning in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final

DENVER– Andrei Vasilevskiy was in the middle of the worst playoff game of his NHL career on Saturday, but Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper wasn’t about to take him out. “He’s our guy,” Cooper said. “He’s going to be there in a couple of nights. We win together, we lose together. Even if I … Read more

Colorado Avalanche ‘close to perfect’ in Game 2 blowout of Lightning, Jared Bednar says

Colorado Avalanche 'close to perfect' in Game 2 blowout of Lightning, Jared Bednar says

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche walloped the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the two-time defending Cup champions. It was a performance so good that even Avalanche coach Jared Bednar had no real notes on how to improve. “It … Read more

Rangers have foundation set for sustained postseason success

Rangers have foundation set for sustained postseason success

Seasons like the one the Rangers just completed don’t happen often. No one had to tell Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad that, after their 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday night in Tampa that ended the Rangers’ astonishing — and captivating — playoff run. It was … Read more

What we’ve learned about the Stanley Cup Final-bound Lightning through three rounds

What we've learned about the Stanley Cup Final-bound Lightning through three rounds

TAMPA BAY — The Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the New York Rangers and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the third straight season, with the Colorado Avalanche rested and ready for Game 1 (Wednesday, 8 ET, ESPN). Here are five things we learned about the Lightning so far in their 2022 postseason journey … Read more

Rangers won’t take ‘momentum’ for granted ahead of Game 3

Rangers won't take 'momentum' for granted ahead of Game 3

TAMPA, Fla. —Gerard Gallant is not a believer in momentum. The Rangers’ head coach has a philosophy of focusing on the now. What happens today has nothing to do with yesterday. That has bled into his team, and he’s not about to change it now. But even Gallant had to make a slight concession on … Read more

‘Unreal’ Igor Shesterkin heroic again to close out Rangers’ win

'Unreal' Igor Shesterkin heroic again to close out Rangers' win

K’Andre Miller leaned forward in his chair, all his weight on his elbows. Something between exasperation and appreciation crossed his face. “I mean,” he said, “I can’t imagine the times people have said nice things about Igor bailing us out at this point of the year.” For much of Friday night, it looked as if … Read more