AVALANCHES: Stanley Cup Heads to Tampa for Game 6

Well, that wasn’t what the city of Denver had planned tonight after Game 5 of Avalanche vs. Lightning. Lord Stanley will travel to Tampa Bay to see if he gets promoted or return to Denver for Game 7.

The Avalanche took four penalties in that game, including one that forced the Lightning to go on a 4-on-3 power-play when Cale Makar went into the box after tripping. The Lightning were able to capitalize and take a 2-1 lead in the second period.

“I didn’t like that call just because it has no intention,” coach Jared Bednar said after the game, “I don’t even think he was checking this guy, it seemed to me that he tripped over a stick.” “.

Bednar may not have liked the call, but he certainly can’t blame the judges for that. Thing is, the Avs didn’t play their identity tonight, like they were preaching all playoffs as the key to getting this far. They handled the puck too well, played too much east-west hockey instead of north-south, and lost at goaltending.

Game 6. Sunday in Tampa Bay. Cancel your parade plans for now, Mayor Handcock.

The Avs were just playing a losing game from the start, with early penalties that just put them on their heels. They weren’t the aggressors to lose pucks, and top players like Nathan McKinnon and Mikko Rantanen just weren’t good enough.

Jared Bednar was also coached by John Cooper tonight. Bednar and his team can’t seem to make good line changes right now. They got away with it in Game 4, but calling too many players with just over two minutes left destroyed any momentum to even the score.

So we are back in Tampa.

Those early misses killed all the momentum of the Avalanche and they had to find their groove in the middle of the first. The Avalanche finished 0-2 on the powerplay and lost to the Lightning on the powerplay. The penalty with just over two minutes left proved to be staggering as the Avs were unable to get Darcy out and only had about 30 seconds in the Lightning zone before the final blast blew.

“I think we left early,” Bednar said of too many players on the ice in the last 3 minutes of the game. “.

You can’t make that kind of mistake trying to complete the Stanley Cup final against a proud two-time Cup champion playing in desperation mode.

Avs got what they deserve today: L.

For the most part, it was an even game. In the third period, shots, blocks and hits were close. By the end of the game, the Avalanche had 37 shots to Tampa Bay’s 29 and outscored them 43 to 33. The Lightning walked away with the win and kept the streak going.

“Guys were digging in on the road,” Bednar said. “We saw it in the regular season, we saw it really escalate in the playoffs guys…

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