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In the Thick of the Third Round: The Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap Continued

With most of the National Hockey League out for the count, the race for the Stanley Cup is more intense than ever.

June 14, 2022

Four teams are left with a chance to win it all. Players sacrifice their own blood, sweat, and tears to take their team as far as possible. Read on to reveal the path of champions and all that it takes to reach the top two.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers
The Western Conference final was a firepower filled fight, elite scoring against elite scoring, a battle like no other. The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers played tirelessly against one another in a fast paced series for a chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final and maybe even lift the legendary trophy. Edmonton stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl led their team and all those in the playoffs thus far in points and didn’t slow down for the Avalanche, each of them finding ways to score in even the toughest of situations. Unfortunately the Oilers effort would not be enough against the Avalanche’s depth and stars of their own like Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar who managed to pull off the remarkable up against the two best forwards in the league. The series ended in a heartbreaking fashion for Edmonton who lost their ticket to the championship in four straight games to an incredibly talented Colorado team. NHL Game 4 Highlights | Avalanche vs. Oilers – June 6, 2022

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers 
The Eastern Conference Final featured the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lighting in a modern day battle between David and Goliath. The young and inexperienced New York team turned heads, managing to go further into the playoffs than anyone had originally predicted. Tampa Bay on the other hand are the reigning two time champions and had all the experience they needed to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals yet again. The Rangers came out strong against a much well-rested lighting team winning games one and two at Madison Square Garden in front of the home crowd. In Tampa’s territory however, it was a different story and New York just couldn’t steal the momentum back. The Tampa Bay Lighting won games three, four, five, and six beating a tired yet hopeful Rangers team, putting themselves back in the Finals for the third straight year. NHL Game 6 Highlights | Rangers vs. Lightning – June 11, 2022

2022 Stanley Cup Finals Preview:
Starting on Wednesday, June 15, the thunderous Tampa Bay Lighting will face the juggernaut Colorado Avalanche for the first game in a series that is sure to be exciting. Tampa Bay is hoping for their third Stanley Cup in three years. They are led by captain Steven Stamkos, powerful forward Nikita Kucherov, and skilled defenseman Victor Hedman. Colorado’s bench consists of talented center Nathan MacKinnon, dependable winger Gabriel Landeskog, and high-caliber defensemen Cale Makar. The Lighting have the edge in net with arguably the best goalie in the world in Andrei Vasilevskiy, but so far in their playoff run the Avalanche seem unstoppable and may be able to finally pull of what no other team in the past three years has done, and knock the reigning champions off of their throne.

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