Stanley Cup Finals: No early NHL championship for Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup Final
No early NHL championship for Colorado Avalanche

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate beating the Colorado Avalanche. Photo: Jack Dempsey/AP/dpa

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Nico Sturm and the Colorado Avalanche still have to wait for the NHL title. Will the decision fall in the sixth game?

The Tampa Bay Lightning competed in the finals series of the NHL hockey league Stanley Cup repelled.

The champion of the past two years won at the Colorado Avalanches with 3:2 (1:0, 1:1, 1:1) and reduced the series to 2:3. Colorado with the German attacker Nico Sturm is still missing a victory for the title.

Ondrej Palat scored the winning goal in the fifth game with just over six minutes remaining. His shot slipped unhappily between the legs of Avalanche goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper. On the other side, star goalkeeper Andrej Wassilewski again showed a strong performance and parried 35 shots on goal of the Lightning. Storm stood on the ice for a little over six minutes for the Avalanche. He could be the fifth German to win the Stanley Cup.

The Denver team has never had one final series lost and is aiming for the third championship after 1996 and 2001. After the 2020 and 2021 championships, the Lightning are in the finals for the third time in a row and are still hoping for their fourth title overall. The sixth game will take place on Sunday night (2:00 a.m. CEST) in Tampa.


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