Ice Hockey – NHL: Colorado qualifies for its third final

Incredible Colorado Avalanche! The Denver-based franchise, which had already won its first round of play-offs 4-0 against Nashville, then eliminated St. Louis 4-2, once again « swept » a team, in this case Edmonton, to rally the Stanley Cup final. After winning their first three games in the Conference Finals by at least two goals, the Avalanche this time resorted to overtime, and finally won 6-5 in Canada after a spectacular meeting. If Makar had allowed Colorado to take the lead from the 4th minute (0-1), Edmonton reacted very well in the second period by scoring three goals, by Hyman, Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid (the best scorers in the play-offs , with 33 points), without conceding (3-1). But it was still necessary to hold twenty minutes, and the Oilers did not succeed.

Lehkonen, this hero

Toews put Colorado at -1 at the start of the third period (3-2), then Hyman offered his second goal of the evening (4-2), before the Avalanche swept over the Canadian franchise, with three goals signed Landeskog, MacKinnon and Rantanen (4-5). There were then a little more than five minutes to play, and Edmonton pulled away to equalize, thanks to Kassian (5-5), and it was therefore necessary to play an extension. An extension that lasted only 79 seconds, enough time to see Lehkonen send Colorado to the final. Ironically, it was already the Finn who sent the Montreal Canadiens to the final last year! After 1996 (season of his arrival in Colorado, from Quebec) and 2001, Colorado will play the third Stanley Cup final in its history. It will be against the New York Rangers or the two-time defending champions, Tampa Bay, and the Avalanche will start as favorites, no doubt.


Conference Finals

Western Conference
Match 1 – Colorado Avalanche – Edmonton Oilers: 8-6
Match 2 – Colorado Avalanche – Edmonton Oilers: 4-0
Game 3 – Edmonton Oilers – Colorado Avalanche : 2-4
Game 4 – Edmonton Oilers – Colorado Avalanche : 5-6 a.m.

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