The best scenes, sounds and fashion from Game 1 between Lightning-Avalanche

We are finally on two teams that will fight for the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche will meet on Wednesday (20:00 ET, ABC) in Game 1 of this best of seven championship games.

Lightning needed four more wins to complete the three-peat, which would be the first time the team has won three consecutive NHL championships since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980 to ’83. Tampa Bay showed determination in the Eastern Conference finals, rebounding after a 0-2 hole against the New York Rangers and winning the series in six games. Avalanche had the Lightning number this year, sweeping the season series 2-0.

Colorado saw little resistance on the way to the Stanley Cup final. Avalanche swept the Nashville Predators in the first round, beating St. The Louis Blues at six in the semifinals and the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference finals. The two defeats of the team in the post-season season are the smallest of any team that has entered the Stanley Cup since 2012, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Since the Stanley Cup final in 1939 became a series of seven games, the winners of the first game have an all-time record of 62-20. Since the action starts in Denver, there is a possibility for fans to see the stars next to the rink, experience the new stadium kitchen and experience more scenes from the Ball Arena.

Here are some of the best scenes and sounds from Game 1.

Lightning struck twice

The second period was much quieter than the first Ondrej Palat i Mikhail Sergachev equalized with consecutive goals. Two goals in 48 seconds are the fastest consecutive goals in the final game of the Stanley Cup in the history of Lightning, according to ESPN statistics and information. The previous rating was 54 seconds in Game 2 of their 2020 series against the Dallas Stars. That series of goals also includes: Ondrej Palat.

Avalanche to take the first period

It is not always a game of power that gives rise to momentum. Sometimes it’s a penalty.

At least that was the case for Colorado in the first period.

Early in the frame, Josh Manson was summoned for holding a stick. Lightning’s state-of-the-art power-play unit has taken over the ice – and is now on Brayden Point for the first time in more than a month.

Tampa Bay had a hard time coming to Colorado. Sharp stops from Darcy Kuemperkey block from Jack Johnson and a few too many touches of the pucks by Lightning knocked them off the record.

Manson roared back out of the box. And Avalanche rolled over.

Just 40 seconds after that murder, Gabriel Landeskog made the score 1-0. The captain, who did not know if Colorado would ever recover from 30th place in the 2016-17 season, scored a goal in the Cup final.

In another 1:36 it was 2-0. Valery Nichushkinwho hit the tripod earlier in the period, won Andrej Vasilevski this time really.

It took Colorado less than two minutes to take control of the game and put the double champions on their heels. Even Nick Paul’s goal didn’t break Avalanche’s confidence in the rest of the first third in which they (mostly) dominated, as they retaliated with a power-play score just five minutes later. – Kristen Shilton

Lightning to take away from the first period

It was a demoralizing first period for Lightning as three things they thought they could count on in the Stanley Cup final broke.

Goalkeeper Andrej Vasilevski was more permeable than the old roof, allowing a Mikko Rantanen again to break his blocks to put Gabriel Landeskog for a 1-0 lead. Only 1:37 later, Vasilevskiy did something he had not done before in the playoffs, according to Sportlogiq: he allowed a five-hole goal, this time by Val Nichushkin.

The third goal in Colorado came in a 5-on-3 game, which is another breakdown for Lightning. In the Eastern Conference finals, they faced the power play of the New York Rangers who were statistically the best in the playoffs. Their solution was to avoid the penalty area. Tonight, they gave the second best power play team in the playoffs an advantage of two players. Big mistake, and Rantaten made it 3-1.

The third breakdown was on Lightning’s own game. They played in power play again – with Brayden Point, who hasn’t played since May 14, looking like he didn’t miss a beat – but couldn’t convert despite a bunch of good looks.

It is convenient that the goal that brought them back to the first game was scored due to a blunder. Striker Nick Paul entered Avs goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper after the escape. He tangled the puck, then threw the ball. It was the only lucky accident in the first third for Tampa Bay. – Greg Wyshynski

Take full advantage

Consecutive penalties put Avalanche in a 5 on 3 situation … and ended with another goal.

Tampa Bay responds

There’s a reason Lightning is going for a triple because they didn’t waste time and halve Avalanche’s lead with a goal Nicholas Paul.

The stars sit next to the rink

Avalanche had the support of Denver Nuggets players Monte Morris i From that Reed.

Opening goals

Seconds after Avalanche overcame a game in Tampa Bay, Gabriel Landeskog scored the first goal in the Stanley Cup final, with an assist Bowen Byram i Mikko Rantanen.

not long after that Valery Nichushkin scored second, with assistance Nathan MacKinnon from theft. Colorado is 6-1 when he scored his first goal of this postseason, and Lightning has never lagged behind by two goals at any point in last year’s Stanley Cup win.

Fans at the Avalanche watch party liked it.

Bring the noise

Fans in Colorado are rocking the Ball Arena chanting “let’s go Lanche”.

Custom and loaded

Business casual is always a good choice, and players from both teams arrived at the Ball Arena in fresh suits.

Not even during the game

Avalanche and Lightning presented their uniforms for Game 1, which have the Stanley Cup logo in front and in the middle.

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