Avalanche routs Bolts 7-0 to take 2-0 Cup Final lead

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Final Score: 7-0

DENVER–Tampa Bay’s third straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals is not just important for them as a team officially trying to cement their title as a dynasty, but also for goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy as an individual. The Russian has been a force to be reckoned with over the years, as he looks to undeniably place his name in the greatest to ever do it conversation. 


So it’s safe to say allowing a career-high seven goals on 30 shots for a save percentage of just .767 in Saturday’s game two is not the night he wanted to have after their game one loss. The Colorado avalanche absolutely poured it onto the Bolts in game two with Darcy Kuemper shutting the door to take game two 7-0 and give themselves a 2-0 series lead as the series shifts to Tampa.


The first period resembled game one with Colorado drawing first blood scoring three unanswered. Tampa though, has made a habit out of late starts, oftentimes coming alive in the second frame. This was not one of those times. Valeri Nichushkin continued his run of form grabbing his eighth of the playoffs and second of the game in the middle frame, as Cale makar was the lone scorer in the third to seal the deal on an absolute thrashing of the defending two-time champs. 


The Avs now hold the edge in the Cup Finals, with many players quick to dismiss the idea of the series lead, unnerving the Bolts at all. 


“You know what, this is a championship calibre team and I don't think they get frustrated,” said Manson. “I think they're patient. And they'll adjust and they kind of let things go. I think that's what's made them so successful. So for us, we can't think that we're under their skin, we can't think anything like that. We’ve just got to keep going. And just have that mentality that doesn't stop,” said defenceman Josh Manson. 


“It feels good but the job's not done, as they say.”


The Stanley Cup Finals now makes its way to Tampa, Florida, a city very used to championship success in all forms over recent years. They’ll have the day off for travel on Sunday, with game three going Monday night, in Tampa. 



1st Period 

2:54 - COL Valeri Nuchushkin PPG (7) 1-0

7:55 - COL Josh Manson (3) 2-0

13:52 - COL Andre Burakovsky (3) 3-0


2nd Period 

4:51 - COL Valeri Nichushkin (8) 4-0

16:26 - COL Darren Helm (2) 5-0


3rd Period 

2:04 - COL Cale Makar SHG (6) 6-0

9:48 - COL Cale Makar PPG (7) 7-0