Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kumper puts a stop on a shot in front of the net during game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers on Tue May 31, 2022 at the Ball Center in Denver. Question is who will start in goal for Colorado on Wed Jun 15 for game 1 of the Finals Kumeper or Paul Francouz? (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len:
#1 Len, 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 Len 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.
New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) reacts after the Tampa Bay Lightning scored a goal during the third period in Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Finals at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay on Fri Jun10, 2022 (AP News photos)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals with Len:
#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning not only have a knack for coming back down 2-0 in a series but they know how to come back late in games as well as they overtook the New York Rangers to take a 3-2 series lead at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
#2 The Lightning down 1-0 came back and scored three goals two in the second period and one in the third period to win it 3-1.
#3 It’s been the tale of the two goalies for the Rangers Igor Shesterkin whose suffered in his last three games losing in those last three starts needs to regroup on tonight in Tampa Bay in game six or it will be all over.
#4 The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said that the Lightning’s reasons for coming back like they did was staying patient and they knew it would be a challenge but they stuck with their game plan and it worked out.
#5 Len, game six is tonight it’s for all the marbles for the Rangers who were up 2-0 at one time but now are looking up hill, down 3-2 how much pressure is there on the Rangers skaters to get this done and on Tampa Bay ice?
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) gets congratulations from defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) as the Lightning defeat the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay in game 4 on Tue Jun 7, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals podcast with
#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning took full advantage of home ice with a come back down 2-0 and tied the series with a game four 4-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay.
#2 Big credit to Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who stopped 34 out of 35 shots between the pipes for the Lightning.
#3 Len, how predictable was it that the Lightning would come back like they did the Rangers were just stunned after skating off the ice and seeing their lead whittle away to a 2-2 tie.
#4 Len talk about the Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov who scored on a breakaway goal after taking a pass mid ice from Ondrej Palat scoring on the Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin that put Tampa Bay up by two goals.
#5 It’s try, try again for the Rangers as game five heads back to Madison Square Garden in New York the Rangers will have to rule home ice in this one after coming away with two big wins in games 1 and 2. The Lightning however a two time Stanley Cup Champion have go momentum going into game 5.
Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon (29) and Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrate a third period goal that gets by Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith (41) and Cody Ceci (5) couldn’t stop the puck in game four of the Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena in Denver on Mon Jun 6, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their first win of the series after being down two games to one. The Lightning came back after being down 2-1 with two goals in the third period scored by the Lightning Steve Stamkos and with just 42 seconds left by Ondrej Palat for a 3-2 win.
#2 The New York Rangers in the first two games won by four goals in game one 6-4 and in game two by one goal 3-2. The Lightning knew their backs were to the wall and couldn’t afford to lose game 3 on their home ice in Tampa Bay.
#3 Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper knew that the Lightning had to regroup how surprising knowing not only the talents of the club but they have Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. It was a surprise for the Lightning and Vasilevskiy when they lost those first two games to the Rangers.
#4 The Colorado Avalanche came away with a 6-5 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers at Ball Arena in Denver to sweep the Oilers four games to none. The Avalanche’s Artturi Lehkonen scored the game winning goal at 1:19 in the overtime stanza to get the Avalanche into the Stanley Cup Finals.
#5 For the Avalanche Cal Maker, Devon Toews, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen all scored a goal each for the Aves. Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz saved 30 of 35 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche’s TJ Compher (37) scores on Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) as only the Oilers defender Leon Draisaitl (29) can look on in game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sat Jun 4, 2022
On the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Len:
#1 Len, the Colorado Avalanche have a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals and can put about to put it away on Monday night in Edmonton.
#2 The Aves TJ Compher scored the tie breaking goal in the third period at Rogers Place in Edmonton as the Avalanche went onto win it 4-2 in game five.
#3 There hasn’t been an NHL club that has come back from being down 3-0 since the 2014 Los Angeles Kings when they won four straight against the San Jose Sharks.
#4 Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored the game winning goal to help the Bolts get by the surging New York Rangers 3-2. Palat scored with the score tied at 2-2 and 42 seconds left in the third period.
#5 The Lightning who have lots of post season experience were on the ropes going into game 3 down 2-0 made the best of home ice advantage and just came back on the Rangers with two third period goals. Steve Stamkos scored on a third period power play goal at 1:22 and Palat’s for the game winner.
The Colorado Avalanche’s goaltender Paul Francouz was the man of the hour after game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in Denver on Thu Jun 2, 2022 as he shutout the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 to give the Aves a 2-0 series lead (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcasts with Matt Harrington:
#1 Coloardo Avalanche goaltender Paul Francouz made 25 stops in Colorado’s 4-0 convincing win over the Edmonton Oilers to take a 2-0 series lead.
#2 What’s a danger for the Oilers is they now have pressure going back to Edmonton for games three and four at Rogers Place and will have to work some magic to get back in this series as it could very well get late early for the Oilers.
#3 It was impressive work by Francouz considering he was replacing starting goalie Darcy Kuemper who suffered an upper body injury in game 1. Francouz has the hot hand do you see him starting game 3 tonight and what the latest status on Kuemper?
#4 Mika Zibanejad scored the game winning goal for the New York Rangers as they edged the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden in New York 3-2 this was the Rangers second straight win as they take a 2-0 series lead.
#5 The Rangers got help from goaltender Igor Shesterkin who stopped 29 shots and stopped the Lightning from getting in the net the win for the Rangers were their eighth straight win at MSG setting a team record for wins on home ice.
New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafrenière (13) and Carolina Hurricanes center Seth Jarvis (24) chase the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sat May 28, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len:
#1 Len, The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a good week off waiting to see if they’re going to face the New York Rangers or the Carolina Hurricanes which should be decided in game 7 on Monday in Carolina. Each game has been won by the home team in this series.
#2 The Rangers and Hurricanes dueled it out in game six and the Rangers came away with a three goal win 5-2 with Ranger goaltender Igor Shesterkin who stopped 37 shots. The Rangers Filip Chytil scored twice for the Rangers. How difficult will it be for the Rangers to win a game in Carolina or after a game like this does this build confidence.
#3 The Hurricanes have been getting some strong offense in their wins and getting key goals from Andrei Svechnikov, Teuvo Teravainen, and Vincent Trocheck. How important will these players be going into game 7 against the Rangers.
#4 The series that is ready to get underway is the Edmonton Oilers and the Avalanche on Tuesday night in Colorado. The Oilers just dominated and took out the Calgary Flames 4-1 and the Avalanche took out the St Louis Blues 4-2 do you see these two teams equal or one team has the ability to advance to the Finals.
Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov, right, celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with Martin Necas (88) and Vincent Trocheck (16) during the third period of Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals in Carolina on Fri May 27, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt:
#1 The Carolina Hurricanes continue to roll with a 3-2 series lead and a game five 3-1 win over the New York Rangers at PNC Arena in Carolina. The home team has won each game of the series.
#2 The Canes Vincent Trocheck, Teuvo Teravainen, and Andrei Svechnikov all scored a goal each. Hurricanes’ goalie Antti Raanta saved 16 shots in the winning effort.
#3 Matt, Hurricanes need a win to wrap it up but the series goes back to Madison Square Garden tonight for game six can the Rangers avoid elimination as they’ve played well on home ice in games 3 and 4.
#4 The Colorado Avalanche eliminated the St Louis Blues four games to two in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Avalanche rallying for two goals in the third period after being down 2-1 to win it by a score of 3-2.
#5 Matt how much credit do you give the Aves Darrin Helm who scored with just 5.6 seconds left in the game that was the difference to eliminate the Blues and advance to the NHL Finals. The Avalanche will host the Edmonton Oilers for game 1 Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night in Denver a 5:00 pm PDT.
Carolina Hurricanes’ Brendan Smith, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Sebastian Aho (20) and Teuvo Teravainen (86) in second period action at PNC Arena in Raleigh in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Fri May 20, 2022 (AP News photo)
#1 The Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 21 shots on his way to a 2-0 shutout Friday night his first playoff shutout in game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The win puts the Hurricanes up 2-0 over the New York Rangers.
#2 After watching the first two games of this series how concerned does the proposition of going down in the first two games have to be for Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant and can the Rangers consider going back to MSG for the next two games a chance to get back into this thing?
#3 Last Wednesday the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames battled to a 9-6 Flames win. The Flames had to breath a sigh a relief in that one up 3-1 they gave up four goals in the second period to the Oilers but came back to win game 1.
#4 In game 2 on Friday night the Oilers had an opportune moment when the Oilers Zach Hyman took advantage of a break away in the middle of the third period with the score tied at 3-3. Hyman got a shot over the glove of the Flames goaltender Jakob Markstrom to put the Oilers ahead 4-3 at 10:14.
#5 A thriller in Denver the Colorado Avalanche get a big win taking it to the St Louis Blues with a game 3 win the Blues were up front but the Avalanche came back to overtake the Blues 5-3 and take a 2-1 series lead. The Avalanche got two goals from Artturi Lehkonen.
New York Rangers center Mike Zibanejad congratulates left winger Chris Kreider after a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Fri May 13, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the NHL podcast with Matt:
#1 The New York Rangers avoided getting eliminated as Chris Krieder scored a third period goal at 1:28 that broke a 3-3 deadlock with a shot from the left point that deflected off the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Louis Domigue for the score. The Rangers would win it 5-3 tying the series at 3-3.
# 2 The Florida Panthers advanced to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals at the Capital Center. The Panthers Carter Verhaeghe scored at 2:46 in overtime for the game winning shot.
#3 The Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames on Friday to tie up the series 3-3 with a 4-2 win. The Stars Joe Pavelski said that they are a confident group that can play through tight games and the Stars have been competitive in the playoffs.
#4 The Boston Bruins avoided elimination on Thursday with a win to tied up the series with the Carolina Hurricanes 3-3. Both teams meet again today for a 1:30 pm PDT puck drop.
#5 The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs face off at 4:00 pm PDT as the series is tied at 3-3.
#6 Kings-Oilers battle in Edmonton tonight at 7:00 pm PDT as this series is tied 3-3 everything on the line tonight.