Ice hockey – NHL: Tampa Bay and Bellemare in the Conference final, Colorado is almost there

Published on May 24, 2022 at 9:05 a.m. – updated on May 24, 2022 at 9:14 a.m.


Double reigning NHL champion, Tampa Bay (with its Frenchman Pierre-Edouard Bellemare) qualified for the final of the Eastern Conference by « sweeping » Florida. In the West, Colorado now leads 3-1 after another victory at St. Louis.

The French ice hockey team had hoped for a time that Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would join it for the World Cup in the event of the play-offs quickly over with Tampa Bay, but that would not have been possible anyway. The Lightning, two-time NHL champion in title, which was led 3-2 by Toronto in the first round, has indeed just chained six victories to rally the final of the Eastern Conference. Not only did the Florida franchise go to eliminate the Maple Leafs, better ranked in the regular season (3rd against 5th) by winning Game 7 on their ice, but it continued by « sweeping » its neighbor from the Florida Panthers, first in the regular season in the semi-finals. The Lightning, who led 3-0 in the series, posted a fourth victory, 2-0 at home. Everything was decided in the last quarter of an hour of the match, with goals scored by Patrick Maroon and Ondrej Palat. The franchise created in 1992 will therefore offer itself an eighth Conference final, a priori against the New York Rangers (who lead 3-0 against Carolina), while the Panthers, who dreamed of a title after finishing at the top of the season. regular in the East, have still not played a single Conference final since 1996.

Colorado hits goal

In the West, Colorado, which also finished first in the regular season, has a good chance of seeing the Conference final, after its third victory in four games against St. Louis. The Avalanche went on to win 6-3 in Missouri and will therefore have the opportunity to conclude at home on Wednesday. If David Perron, the second top scorer in these play-offs, had allowed the Blues to lead 1-0 at the end of the first period, Colorado reacted brutally, with four goals in eight minutes at the start of the second period, signed Erik Johnson , Nazem Kadri (doubled) and Devon Toews. Peron and Pavel Buchnevich gave St. Louis hope in the late third (3-4), but Kadri and Mikko Rantanen sealed the Denver franchise victory in the third.



Eastern Conference
Match 1 – Florida Panthers- Tampa Bay Lightning : 1-4
Match 2 – Florida Panthers- Tampa Bay Lightning : 1-2
Match 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers: 5-1
Match 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers: 2-0

Western Conference
Game 1Colorado Avalanche – St. Louis Blues: 3-2 aet
Match 2 – Colorado Avalanche- St. Louis Blues : 1-4
Match 3 – St. Louis Blues – Colorado Avalanche : 2-5
Game 4 – St. Louis Blues – Colorado Avalanche : 3-6
Game 5 on Wednesday, May 25 in Denver
Game 6 (if necessary) on Friday May 27 in St-Louis
Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday, May 29 in Denver

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