Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final saw the Colorado Avalanche withstand a Tampa Bay Lightning comeback with a game-winning goal in overtime. If the rest of the series is like Game 1, we could be in for an entertaining championship round.
Wednesday was the fourth Game 1 Colorado win this postseason, the ninth team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to achieve the feat per ESPN Stats & Information. The previous eight all went on to win the championship. The Avalanche have a 21-11 record when leading 1-0 in a best-of-seven series.
After the loss, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper did not hold back his opinion of the game.
“The right team won the game … To beat a team like that, we need to have better in us,” Cooper said.
If the Lightning fall into an 0-2 hole for the second straight series, it could be the beginning of the end for them. Only five teams have seen that series deficit in both the semifinals/Conference Finals and the Cup Final of the same postseason, and none since the Blackhawks in 1965. None of those five squads went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Ball Arena was rowdy all night Wednesday, and Saturday was no different for Game 2. What else is in store for Saturday’s action?
Here’s a look at the best scenes from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup.
Dearly beloved …
At least one bachelorette party is in the house for Game 2 … and they’re hoping for a win.
Stylin’ and profilin’
A who’s who of celebrities wished the Lightning luck before Game 2, including Tom Brady and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Fandom made formal
Jay, a fan attending Game 2 is clearly rooting for the Avalanche — just look at his custom blazer.
Watch party concert
As is their tradition, Avalanche fans sang along to Blink-182’s hit “All the Small Things” during Game 1. The song made another appearance at the watch party Saturday.
Colorado players arrive at the Ball Arena looking to go up 2-0 on the defending champs.
Tampa Bay players make their way into the building hoping to even the series at a game apiece
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