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Colorado Avalanche Capture Stanley Cup

Dethrone Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 Games

Any doubt about whether the Colorado Avalanche would win the Stanley Cup Sunday in Tampa ended when Nathan MacKinnon was assigned his hotel room in Florida before Game 6.

The room number was 1787.

(Photo by Julio Aguilar / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

After the Avalanche downed the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, to win their third Stanley Cup, MacKinnon said once he got that room he knew fate had destined the Avs to win on the road at Amalie Arena.

The number 87 is worn by Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and MacKinnon took the room as a sign Colorado was going to capture the Cup. MacKinnon mentioned how much respect everyone has for the Penguins’ star.

The Avalanche got two goals in the second period to overcome a 1-0 deficit and played magnificent defense in the third, stifling the two-time Stanley Cup champs at every turn.

The Colorado goals came from Nathan MacKinnon, who had as Artturi Lehkonen scored the game-winning goal. Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves in the winning effort.

This made an exacta for the Kroenke family in 2022.

Stan Kroenke is the owner of the Los Angeles Rams, who won the Super Bowl in February.

He owned the Avs until 2015 when the franchise was transferred to his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke.

The Conn Smythe Trophy for the MVP of the playoffs went to Colorado defenseman Cale Makar, who also earned the Norris Trophy for the league’s best defenseman in 2021-22.

This was the third Stanley Cup for the franchise, which last won previously in 2001.

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