Hockey Mountain High Podcast: Stanley Cup Champions

Listen to “Stanley Cup Champions” on Spreaker. Aarif Deen and J.J. Jerez recap the night of June 26, 2022, live from the media room at ice level of Amalie Arena. The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup Champions. __ Aarif Deen is our Colorado Avalanche beat reporter. He covers Avs games live from Ball Arena and attends […]

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Morning Skate: Avalanche looking to secure Stanley Cup on the road in Game 6

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — The Avalanche were playing with house money in Game 5 but the urgency has suddenly crept in. If Colorado is unable to close things out at Amalie Arena, they’ll find themselves suddenly hosting a Game 7 on Tuesday and potentially being the first team to blow a 3-1 series lead in […]

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Morning Skate: The Stanley Cup is in the building as Avalanche look to close out series in five games

DENVER — The Stanley Cup Final is in the building. The Avalanche have a 3-1 series lead and an opportunity to win it all in Game 5 on Friday. Colorado has not closed out a series at home in 14 years but won its last Stanley Cup at the formerly named Pepsi Center 21 years […]

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Nazem Kadri’s poetic game winner mired in controversy following Avalanche’s Game 4 victory

Nazem Kadri thought his season was over two weeks ago. But an indescribable urge to put one last stamp on a memorable playoff run willed him back into the lineup. “Sitting here right now, it’s kind of surreal,” he said. Kadri made his Stanley Cup Final debut in Game 4 with little to no ability […]

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Darcy Kuemper made the big saves in Game 4 and helped set up Nazem Kadri’s memorable overtime winner

Darcy Kuemper needed to bounce back after an uninspiring Game 3 on Monday. And his performance at Amalie Arena on Wednesday was exactly what the Avalanche needed. “That’s the Kuemps we know, no doubt,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Going into this game, we knew he was going to be great.” Kuemper surrendered a goal just […]

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Morning Skate: Series shifts to Tampa Bay for crucial Game 3 matchup

In easily the most crucial game of the series, the Avalanche and Lightning shift the Stanley Cup Final to Tampa Bay for Game 3. The Avs have a 2-0 lead and could take a stranglehold with a victory on Monday. Kadri is day to day Head coach Jared Bednar labeled Nazem Kadri as day-to-day heading […]

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Avalanche blitz Tampa Bay 7-0 to take 2-0 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

It didn’t take a Nathan MacKinnon offensive explosion. Cale Makar didn’t need to have one of his patented performances where he takes over a game. It wasn’t even Darcy Kuemper stealing the show. It was simply a beat down. The Avalanche destroyed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 on Saturday, overwhelming the two-time […]

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Deen’s List: Observations heading into Saturday’s Game 2 at Ball Arena

Getting one up on the Tampa Bay Lightning has been the norm throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. At least in three of four rounds. But building off that early victory hasn’t been as easy. The Lightning are 19-1 since 2020 in bounce-back games following a loss. Their only consecutive losses came in the Eastern Conference […]

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Morning Skate: Game 1 is finally here. Avalanche host Tampa Bay in a battle of heavyweights for the Stanley Cup Final

DENVER — Following an eight-day layoff, the Avalanche are set to finally begin the last chapter of the playoffs as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado is 12-2 through the first three rounds and enters the final on a five-game winning streak. The Lightning, who started […]

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Joe Sakic’s patience pays off as Avalanche prepare for Stanley Cup Final just five years after 48-point season

Calling for Joe Sakic to lose his job in the summer of 2017 —  shortly after the Avalanche’s lowly 48-point season — was something most, if not everyone around the hockey world could agree on. The general manager of the team he once captained was at a crossroads. They were one year removed from the […]

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