Tampa Bay is 1-3 in Game 1s during the Stanley Cup Final, while Colorado is 2-0. The winner of Game 1 in completed best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series goes on to hoist the Cup 76% of the time (62-20). When teams win Game 1 in a best-of-seven Final at home, they win 83% of the series (49-10). When the victory comes on the road, the series win percentage is 57% (13-10).
Tampa Bay and Colorado, these teams are the powerhouses of hockey. both clubs deserve to be in this moment. Burakovsky’s second goal of the postseason came 1:23 into the extra period to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 win on Wednesday night and a 1-0 lead in the series.
When you are playing a team who has won two straight cups, finding any edge over them is impressive.
Gabriel Landeskog and Nichushkin each had a goal and an assist, Mikko Rantanen had two assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves in his first game since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on May 31.
This game was the first time Andrei Vasilevskiy give up 3 in an opening period. This was hockey at its best. Both teams will indeed continue this play, and hockey fans are in for a treat!
The Lightning also lost Game 1 of the 2020 Cup Final but came back to beat the Dallas Stars in six games.
Huge victory for the Avalanche on home ice to get things going in 2022