Published on June 12, 2022 at 8:12 a.m. – updated on June 12, 2022 at 8:35 a.m.
Reigning two-time NHL champion Tampa Bay qualified for its third straight final with a 2-1 win at home against the New York Rangers to win the series 4-2. The Lightning will face Colorado in an attempt to lift their fourth Stanley Cup.
So it will be Colorado – Tampa Bay! The Avalanche and the Lightning will meet in the Stanley Cup Finals this year to try to win the NHL title. While Colorado has been qualified for five days, after having “swept” Edmonton, Tampa Bay, two-time defending champion, waited for the sixth game to conclude its series against the New York Rangers. After losing the first two games of this Eastern Conference final, the Florida franchise has chained four victories, the last this Saturday at home, with a score of 2-1. In front of the 19,092 fans at Amalie Arena, the Lightning waited until the final minutes to make the difference.
Bellemare to succeed Huet?
After a scoreless first period, Steven Stamkos opened the scoring in the 31st for Tampa Bay. But the Rangers managed to equalize in the 54th by Frank Vatrano, in numerical superiority after the exclusion for two minutes of this same Stamkos. The New Yorkers hoped to hold on until extra time, but 6’32 from the end, Steven Stamkos, definitely the hero of this game, scored the goal of qualification for this third final in a row. After 2004, 2020 and 2021, Tampa Bay will aim for its fourth Stanley Cup from Wednesday, but it is the Avalanche, better in the regular season, who will have the advantage of the ice to aim for a third Stanley Cup after 1996 and 2001. In the regular season, precisely, the Denver-based franchise won both confrontations: 3-4 on penalties in Tampa Bay in October and 3-2 at home in February. After Cristobal Huet in 2010 with Chicago, another Frenchman can therefore become an NHL champion. This is Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, the Lightning striker!
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— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 12, 2022
ICE HOCKEY – NHL / PLAY-OFFS 2022
NEW YORK RANGERS (4) – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (5): 2-4 >>> TAMPA BAY QUALIFIES
Match 1 – New York Rangers – Tampa Bay Lightning: 6-2
Match 2 – New York Rangers – Tampa Bay Lightning: 3-2
Match 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning – New York Rangers: 3-2
Match 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning – New York Rangers: 4-1
Match 5 – New York Rangers- Tampa Bay Lightning : 1-3
Match 6 – Tampa Bay Lightning – New York Rangers: 2-1
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