The Colorado Avalanche won hockey’s Stanley Cup for the first time in 21 years last night, making this their third championship win since joining the NHL in 1979. Their competitors, the Tampa Bay lightning, have also only won three Stanley Cup titles, but were expected to win this title once again following their 2020 and 2021 successes. Tampa Bay’s team also includes some of the best in the NHL, including goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and defenceman Victor Hedman. However, Colorado ruined the three year Stanley Cup streak for Tampa Bay, winning their fourth game last night 2-1 and sweeping the series.
The Montreal Canadiens avoided getting shut out in the Stanley Cup Finals, coming back and beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-2 matchup in Game Four Monday.
In an overtime heartbreaker, the Lightning fell just short of hoisting up the Stanley Cup Trophy. They still lead the series 3-1, though, and will look to put the Canadiens away in Game Five on Wednesday.
After a resilient display in game four, the New York Islanders were poised to have a strong showing in Tampa against the Lightning in game five. With the series tied at 2-2, winning game five is pivotal in taking control of the series. Unfortunately for the Islanders, they did not just lose game five, they got blown out in the most important game of the season.
The New York Islanders have successfully fended off the Boston Bruins, beating them in Game 6 on Wednesday night in a 6-2 result. With their fourth win, this New York hockey team will now advance to the Stanley Cup Semifinals for the second year in a row.
The Islanders have taken control of their series, beating the Bruins last night 5-4 in another nail-biting game in the series. The Islanders now lead the series 3-2, and Game 6 will be in Long Island at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.