NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len Shapiro: Avalanche hoist Stanley Cup after 21 years of waiting; Aves defeat Lightning in game six 2-1

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals with Len:

#1 Len talk about how important Nathan McKinnon was in this game that was just completed game 6. McKinnon scored a goal and got an assist helping the Colorado Avalanche become the Stanley Cup Champions for the third time in franchise history.

#2 Len it’s been a long time coming the Avalanche haven’t won the Cup since 2002 some 21 years ago when they had a guy named Joe Sakic was on the team.

#3 Close game tonight the Aves held the lead and goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped 22 out of 23 shots to hold back the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.

#4 The Lightning will not threepeat something they came within one game of doing losing on their home ice 4-2 in series play.

#5 Len talk about some of the key players on the Aves key players who have been doing it all season and post season long McKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar.

Join Len next season (September) for NHL podcast coverage. Also our thanks for reporters who contributed to our NHL coverage this season Marko Ukalovic, Mary Lisa Walsh, Morris Phillips, Daniel Dullum and Matt Harrington as heard on http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Avalanche could put it away Sunday; Lightning with a chance to tie series in game six

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) is congratulated in game 5 after scoring a second period goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Friday, June 24, 2022, at the Ball Center in Denver (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1 The Colorado Avalanche came into game 5 Friday night thinking that with a win they would be able to hoist the Stanley Cup on their home ice after taking a 3-1 lead. It was not to be as the Tampa Bay Lighting scored a goal in each of the first, second and third periods to come away with a 3-2 win and to stay alive for another game.

#2 The Lightning’s Ondrej Palat scored the game winner in the third period at 6:22 and Tampa Bay was able to defend keeping the Aves out of their net for the one goal win.

#3 Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots and looked like he was back in old form again shutting out the Avalanche in the first period while allowing one goal in each of the second and third periods.

#4 The Lightning also got goals from two reliable sources Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Jan Rutta which proved to be a total team effort by the Tampa Bay for the win.

#5 Game 6 is on deck in Tampa Bay this will give the Lightning a chance to tie the series on home ice or the Avalanche a chance to put it away on the road at Amalie Arena.

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len Shapiro: Lightning strikes twice Bolts get second win to stay alive 3-2; Aves with series lead 3-2

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) scores against the Colorado Avalanche and gets congratulated by Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Steven Stamkos (91) at the Ball Center in Denver in game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Fri Jun 24, 2022

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len:

#1 The Colorado Avalanche came into game 5 Friday night thinking that with a win they would be able to hoist the Stanley Cup on their home ice after taking a 3-1 lead. It was not to be as the Tampa Bay Lighting scored a goal in each of the first, second and third periods to come away with a 3-2 win and to stay alive for another game.

#2 The Lightning’s Ondrej Palat scored the game winner in the third period at 6:22 and Tampa Bay was able to defend keeping the Aves out of their net for the one goal win.

#3 Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots and looked like he was back in old form again shutting out the Avalanche in the first period while allowing one goal in each of the second and third periods.

#4 The Lightning also got goals from two reliable sources Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Jan Rutta which proved to be a total team effort by the Tampa Bay for the win.

#5 Game 6 is on deck in Tampa Bay this will give the Lightning a chance to tie the series on home ice or the Avalanche a chance to put it away on the road at Amalie Arena.

Join Len throughout the NHL Stanley Cup Finals for coverage at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa: Avalanche can put it away in game 5 in Colorado

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul (20) controls the puck next to Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals with Mary Lisa:

#1 The Colorado Avalanche are just one game away from hoisting the Stanley Cup taking a 3-1 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning as game 5 is coming back to the Ball Center in Denver.

#2 The Aves went up 2-0 and played game 3 on Monday at Tampa Bay the Lightning jumped all over the Aves 6-2 after the Aves won a laugher 7-0 in game 2. The Lightning showed for a moment there they would back on track.

#3 Now with game 5 in Colorado on Friday night the Aves showed they had a lot of advantages having home ice winning the first two games of the series at Ball Arena.

#4 There is no doubt that these two teams can score as they demonstrated in games 2 and 3 but they can both play some good defense as well in game 4 they kept it within a goal for a as the Aves came back to win it 3-2.

#5 Aves goaltender Darcy Kuemper in game 4 was the real difference stopping 37 of 39 Tampa Bay shots for the win.

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len Shapiro: Lightning shooting to tie series; Avalanche would like to go up 3-1 tonight

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) checks Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson (42) during the NHL Stanley Cup Finals game 3 at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay on Tue Jun 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Finals podcast with Len:

#1 Len, how big is this one tonight for the Tampa Bay Lightning they lost the first two games got demolished in game 2, 7-0 but came right back on home ice to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 in game 3 to cut Colorado’s lead 2-1.

#2 The Bolts Stephen Stamkos has stayed consistent in the post season and Monday night was no different as Stamkos scored one of the six Tampa Bay goals.

#3 Len talk about Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman who each had two assists and help the Lightning on offense.

#4 Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 37 shots and allowed two goals only the Avalanche’s left winger Gabriel Landeskog did all the scoring with two goals.

#5 For game 4 Len who do you see getting the start in goal for the Avalanche Darcy Kuemper or Paul Francouz? Kuemper struggled in game 3 allowing five goals and Francouz allowed one goal in relief.

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa: Lightning need game 4 as well or go back to Colorado down 3-1

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) puts the puck by Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) in second period action in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay on Monday, June 20, 2022,

On the Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 Mary Lisa, the Tampa Bay Lightning down 2-0 in the series bounce back and get a much needed 6-2 win to cut the Colorado Avalanche’s series lead to 2-1.

#2 Game 2 the Aves crushed the Lightning 7-0 and after that game the Lightning were concerned about a high scoring Avalanche team but in game 3 on Monday the Lighting on home ice nailed it not wasting any time scoring twice in the first period and four in the second period.

#3 The Lightning got scoring help from Steven Stamkos one goal, Nikita Kucherov two assists, Victor Hedman two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal saving 37 shots.

#4 The Avalanche might have been shutout if it weren’t for left winger Gabriel Landeskog who did all the scoring with two goals.

#5 Game 4 is slated for Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. The Avalanche could lick their wounds and rebound and take game 4 and go up 3-1. The Lightning could keep the momentum going with a second straight home ice win. How do you see things shaking out in game 4.

Join Mary Lisa for the NHL Finals podcast throughout the Finals at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len Shapiro: Aves jump all over Lightning from first period till end of game 7-0

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) looks up after a fight during the third period in Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena in Denver on Sat Jun 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len:

#1 Len how do the Tampa Bay Lightning a two time World Champ explain what happened to them in game 2 of the Finals getting blown out 7-0 the Colorado Avalanche just dominated in the first period scoring three unanswered goals.

#2 How embarrassing is this for the Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy who faced 30 shots and allowed seven goals?

#3 After getting defeated in game 1 4-3 in overtime in Colorado do you find that the Lightning were intimidated by the Aves or did the Aves just catch the Lightning on an off game and really took it to them?

#4 It pretty much looked like a game where the Aves had their way with the Lightning, great skating, great passing, the Aves Cale Makar and Valeri Nichushkin both made work of the Lightning scoring two goals a piece in the effort.

#5 Game 3 goes back to Tampa Bay for Monday night and Wednesday nights for games 3 and 4. Could the Lightning right the ship and get in the win column on home ice and how grateful are the Bolts that they don’t have to play this whole series in Denver?

Join Len for the NHL Finals podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Lightning and Avalanche face off tonight in game 2

The Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) takes a leap over the Colorado Avalanche forward Erik Johnson (6) during second period action in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Ball Arena in Denver on Wed Jun 15, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1 The Colorado Avalanche are a team that never says die. They swept the Edmonton Oilers in the third round the playoffs and advanced to Finals and took the first game of the Finals in overtime 4-3 to take a 1-0 lead over the visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning.

#2 The Avalanche came right out and lived by their namesake scoring three goals in the first period to take a 3-0 lead.

#3 Never count the Lightning out of it they scored a goal in the first period and two in the second period to tie up the game 3-3.

#4 The Aves Andre Burakovsky scored the tie breaker in the overtime stanza at 1:23 for the 4-3 win. Colorado is a team that you can never turn your back on.

#5 Same clubs meet Saturday for game 2 at Ball Arena in Denver. Tell us how you see the goaltenders in this contest for the Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy matched up against the Avalanche’s Darcy Kuemper.

Join Matt for analysis on the NHL Finals podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len Shapiro: Avalanche take 1-0 lead into game 2 on Saturday night at Ball Arena

Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher, left, scores on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, right,for an overtime goal by Andre Burakovsky in Game 1 at Ball Arena in Denver on Wed Jun 15, 2022 (AP News photo0

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len:

#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning two time defending Stanley Cup Champions were edged on Wednesday night at Ball Arena in Denver 4-3. One game doesn’t determine the Finals but the Avalanche have been getting some lucky bounces after sweeping the Oilers they open this one up with a win.

#2 The Avalanche didn’t waste anytime in the first period they put it on net against the Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy with a three goal period.

#3 Tough game for Vasilevskiy who allowed four goals would you consider this like the last series against the Rangers a slow start but they will pick it up once again when they get back to Tampa Bay.

#4 The Lightning still a competitor they fought hard enough to tie up the game with two goals in the second period it making 3-3. The Avalanche and Lightning couldn’t score the third period forcing overtime when the Avs Andre Burakovsky scored at 1:23 for the game winning goal.

#5 Len, the Lightning and Avalanche play game 2 on Saturday night in Denver after having some nine days off between series did it seem like the Avalanche didn’t miss a step in watching them in game 1.

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa: Tampa Bay and Colorado face off for game 1 Wednesday night in Denver

The Tampa Lightning Steven Stamkos (91) takes a victory skate in front of the Lightning bench after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay in the third period of game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals on Sat Jun 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 Mary Lisa, how stunning is it that the Tampa Bay Lightning can come back the way they did down 2-0 to eliminate the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals with four straight wins.

#2 The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos scored twice in game six in Saturday’s elimination game how crucial was Stamkos for the Lightning in this series?

#3 Stamkos said looking back on the series that this is a special group here because of the way they’ve played and they way they’ve rebounded winning four straight in a series like this.

#4 Mary Lisa, it’s been nine days since the Western Conference Champion Colorado Avalanche have played a game on Mon Jun 6th when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. Will having nine days off be an advantage for the Avalanche in terms of lots of practice and rest or a disadvantage not seeing live action all this time?

#5 Avalanche’s goaltender Darcy Kuemper had to leave the series against the Edmonton Oilers and was replaced by Paul Francouz. Kuemper has had time to recover who do you see starting Wednesday for the Aves in game 1 of the Finals.

Mary Lisa will be doing NHL Stanley Cup Finals analysis throughout the finals at http://www.sportsradioservice.com