Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

TAMPA, Fla. – Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews collected the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night. Matthews, 24, scored 60 goals, leading the NHL for the second straight season. He set a Maple … Read more

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions had been overwhelmed in a 7-0 loss in Game 2 at Ball Arena in Denver on Saturday, and they were down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. “That showing last game did not sit well with anyone in that locker room,” forward Anthony Cirelli said. “We knew we had to come … Read more

Avalanche focused on repeat performance in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche have a simple goal for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final: replicate how they played in a 7-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 on Saturday. “I was really impressed with our performance last night,” coach Jared Bednar said before the Avalanche departed for Florida. “I … Read more

‘He’s a huge X factor’

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche stars dominated headlines before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Valeri Nichushkin was dominant on the ice. To the uninitiated, Nichushkin’s terrific all-around performance in Colorado’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning – including a goal and a key assist on Andre Burakovsky’s game-winner … Read more

The evolution of fandom hockey in Denver

DENVER – As the Colorado Avalanche continues its quest for a third Stanley Cup win, much has been said about its championship pedigree. Most notably, the fact that the team hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup in its first year in Denver. But the evolution of fandom hockey in the Mile High City is a much longer … Read more

Thrilling On-Ice Action Is Driving League-Record Revenues

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to assembled media before Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final … [+] between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche. (Photo by Dave Sandford / NHLI via Getty Images) NHLI via Getty Images After two and a half tough years, the NHL is back in business. On … Read more

Makar enters Final showing attributes to be truly great with Avalanche

But Carvel, the coach at the University of Massachusetts, had a suggestion. “I said, ‘I do not know anyone else in this draft, but you need to take Cale Makar first overall, ‘”Carvel said.” Just kind of joking. And he said, ‘Carvey,’ if I do that, he’ll never get to UMass. I said, ‘OK, don’t … Read more

What we’ve learned about the Stanley Cup Final-bound Lightning through three rounds

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the New York Rangers and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the third straight season, with the Colorado Avalanche rested and ready for Game 1 (Wednesday, 8 ET, ESPN). Here are five things we learned about the Lightning so far in their 2022 postseason journey … Read more

NHL Free Agency: Five Players Who Have Boosted Value in Playoffs

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports From veterans looking for the next big opportunity to younger guys looking to impress in an RFA season, here are five players that have used the Stanley Cup playoffs to improve their free agency value: 1. Nazem Kadri, C, UFA ($ 4,500,000) After undergoing thumb surgery following Game 3 against Edmonton, … Read more