2022 Stanley Cup Finals

2022 ice hockey championship series

2022 Stanley Cup Finals
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Tampa Bay Lightning 3*062*31 2
Colorado Avalanche 4*723*22 4
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Tampa: Amalie Arena (3, 4, 6)
Denver: Ball Arena (1, 2, 5)
CoachesTampa Bay: Jon Cooper
Colorado: Jared Bednar
CaptainsTampa Bay: Steven Stamkos
Colorado: Gabriel Landeskog
RefereesGord Dwyer (1, 3, 6)
Jean Hebert (2, 5)
Wes McCauley (2, 4)
Chris Rooney (3, 5)
Kelly Sutherland (1, 4, 6)
DatesJune 15 – June 26
MVPCale Makar (Avalanche)
Series-winning goalArtturi Lehkonen (12:28, Second, G6)
NetworksCanada:
(English): CBC/Sportsnet[1]
(French): TVA Sports
United States:
(English): ABC/ESPN+[2]
Announcers(CBC/SN) Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson[1]
(TVA) Felix Seguin, Alexandre R. Picard (Games 1–2) and Patrick Lalime (Games 3–6)
(ABC) Sean McDonough and Ray Ferraro[2]
(NHL International) Marc Moser (Game 1), E. J. Hradek (Games 2–6) and Kevin Weekes[3][4]
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The 2022 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2021–22 season and the culmination of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. The series was between the Eastern Conference and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche won the best-of-seven series, four games to two, for their third championship in franchise history. Colorado had home ice advantage in the series with the better regular season record.[5]

The series began on June 15, and concluded on June 26.[5] With the Government of Canada allowing cross-border travel for fully vaccinated players and team personnel between Canada and the United States,[6][7] the league was able to return to its usual two conference alignment and reinstate its standard playoff format that was used from 20142019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] The Finals were still pushed from the usual start date in late May for the third consecutive year,[9][10] this time due to a scheduled break in the regular season that coincided with the league's planned participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics,[11] though the league's players ultimately did not participate in the Olympics.[12] When the NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, tested positive for Covid-19, NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly, took over the Conn Smythe and the Stanley Cup Presentation. This was the first time since 1992 that Gary Bettman did not give the presentation.[13]

Paths to the Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning

This was Tampa Bay's third consecutive Finals appearance and fifth overall. They won the prior (2020, 2021) two Stanley Cups and have won three in franchise history.[14] They were the first team to clinch three consecutive Finals appearances since the 1983–1985 Edmonton Oilers. The Lightning joined the Montreal Canadiens (1976–1980) and New York Islanders (1980–1984) for becoming the only teams in league history to post at least eleven consecutive playoff series victories.[15]

Captain Steven Stamkos led the team in scoring with 106 points during the regular season. Defenceman Victor Hedman scored 85 points, eclipsing the previous Tampa Bay record for defenceman, which Hedman set in 2017. During the off-season, the Lightning signed goaltender Brian Elliott, defenceman Zach Bogosian, and forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Corey Perry via free agency.[16][17][18][19] They also opted to re-sign forwards Brayden Point and Ross Colton and defenceman Cal Foote with Patrick Maroon re-signing during the season.[20][21][22][23] At the trade deadline, the Lightning acquired forwards Brandon Hagel and Nick Paul.[24][25] For Corey Perry, this was his third straight Finals appearance with three different teams (Dallas Stars in 2020, Montreal Canadiens in 2021), the first player to accomplish this feat since Marian Hossa did it with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008, Detroit Red Wings in 2009, and Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.[26]

The Lightning finished third in the Atlantic Division gaining 110 points with a 51–23–8 record. Tampa Bay defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the First Round in seven games,[27] followed by a four-game sweep of their intrastate rival, the Florida Panthers,[28] during the Second Round, and then triumphed over the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final in six games.[29]

Colorado Avalanche

This was Colorado's third appearance in the Finals. They won their two prior appearances with their most recent against the New Jersey Devils in 2001.[30]

Mikko Rantanen led the team in points, scoring 92 overall.[31] Goaltender Darcy Kuemper started 57 times for the Avalanche, obtaining 37 wins in the process.[32] However, during Game 1 of their Conference Final series, Kuemper left the game with an upper-body injury. Backup goaltender Pavel Francouz finished the opening game after replacing Kuemper and started the remaining games of the series as a result.[33] During the off-season, the Avalanche traded for Kuemper and forward Kurtis MacDermid.[34][35] They also picked up free agent Darren Helm.[36] They re-signed defenceman Cale Makar, captain Gabriel Landeskog, and Francouz.[37][38][39] Nearing the trade deadline, the Avalanche acquired Josh Manson, Nico Sturm, Artturi Lehkonen, and Andrew Cogliano.[40][41][42][43]

The Avalanche finished the season with 119 points via a 56–19–7 record, grabbing the Central Division title and first place in the Western Conference.[44] Colorado swept the Nashville Predators in four games during the First Round,[45] then defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games during the Second Round,[46] before sweeping the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final.[47]

Game summaries

Note: The numbers in parentheses represent each player's total goals or assists to that point of the entire playoffs.

Game one

June 15 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–4 OT Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap
Andre Burakovsky scored the overtime-winning goal in game one.

In game one, the Avalanche controlled the first period scoring three times compared to the Lightning's one goal. Colorado's captain Gabriel Landeskog began the scoring, pushing the puck past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy when Mikko Rantanen's shot barely squeaked under the goaltenders pads.[48] The next goal came when defenceman Victor Hedman's clearing attempt got picked by Nathan MacKinnon, whose pass to Valeri Nichushkin made it 2–0.[49] The Lightning halved Colorado's lead when Brayden Point's dump-in was retrieved by Nick Paul who broke in and dangled out Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper to make 2–1.[50] The Avalanche regained the two-goal lead five minutes later when Tampa was in a 5-on-3 penalty kill. MacKinnon's shot got blocked and on the rebound he passed back to Landeskog who set up Rantanen for a wrist shot that got tipped in by Artturi Lehkonen.[51] In the second period, the Lightning got two goals to tie the game. Ondrej Palat scored the first goal as he and Nikita Kucherov entered the zone with the latter going inside-out on Devon Toews to set up Palat for the tip-in.[52] 1:48 later, the Lightning continuing their offensive zone attack had a pass back to Mikhail Sergachev from Brandon Hagel whose shot through traffic went off the post and into the net.[53] The third period did not have any scoring albeit the Avalanche firing 12 shots compared to the Lightning's 5 shots, thus the game went into overtime.[54] In overtime, as the Lightning attempted to clear the zone, J. T. Compher picked up the loose puck and shot it, but it was blocked by a Lightning defenceman.[55] The puck then came to Nichushkin who passed to Andre Burakovsky and he fired a snap shot past Vasilevskiy to give Colorado a 4–3 victory.[55][56]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st COL Gabriel Landeskog (9) Mikko Rantanen (13), Bowen Byram (8) 07:47 1–0 COL
COL Valeri Nichushkin (6) Nathan MacKinnon (8) 09:23 2–0 COL
TBL Nick Paul (4) Victor Hedman (13), Brayden Point (3) 12:26 2–1 COL
COL Artturi Lehkonen (7) – pp Mikko Rantanen (14), Gabriel Landeskog (10) 17:31 3–1 COL
2nd TBL Ondrej Palat (9) Nikita Kucherov (17), Ryan McDonagh (4) 12:51 3–2 COL
TBL Mikhail Sergachev (2) Brandon Hagel (4), Anthony Cirelli (5) 13:39 3–3
3rd None
OT COL Andre Burakovsky (2) Valeri Nichushkin (5), J. T. Compher (3) 01:23 4–3 COL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st COL Josh Manson Holding the stick 05:07 2:00
TBL Mikhail Sergachev Tripping 15:53 2:00
TBL Anthony Cirelli Tripping 16:20 2:00
2nd TBL Patrick Maroon Roughing 03:41 2:00
COL Jack Johnson Roughing 03:41 2:00
COL Bench (served by Alex Newhook) Too many men 06:28 2:00
3rd COL Logan O'Connor Tripping 05:48 2:00
TBL Patrick Maroon Delay of game (puck over glass) 18:36 2:00
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
TBL 8 9 5 1 23
COL 15 10 12 1 38

Game two

June 18 Tampa Bay Lightning 0–7 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap
Cale Makar scored a power-play goal and short-handed goal in game two.

The Avalanche routed the Lightning in game two. In the first period, after Lightning defenceman Ryan McDonagh got penalized for roughing J. T. Compher, a power-play ensued for Colorado. During it, Andre Burakovsky led a cross-ice pass to Valeri Nichushkin's tip-in goal to give the Avalanche an early 1–0 lead. The Avalanche then grabbed a 2–0 lead when a 2-on-1 rush with Andrew Cogliano and Josh Manson led to the latter's wrist shot under Andrei Vasilevskiy's blocker. Burakovsky then made it 3–0 when the Avalanche on an offensive zone rush had Mikko Rantanen's shot rebound to Burakovsky for the quick tip-in. Burakovsky almost made it 4–0 when he was given a breakaway thanks to Rantanen's lead pass. In the second period, the Avalanche continued their offensive zone coverage allowing Rantanen to centre a pass to Nichushkin to make it 4–0. The Avalanche then made it 5–0 when the Lightning misplayed a pass leading Darren Helm and Logan O'Connor on a 2-on-1 break for which the former's wrist shot went over Vasilevskiy's glove. O'Connor was also given a breakaway chance to make it 6–0, but the Lightning goaltender stopped that. In the third period, as Rantanen was in the penalty box for tripping, the Lightning gave the puck away to Cale Makar who with Andrew Cogliano on another 2-on-1 made it 6–0. Ondrej Palat then got called for cross checking and on the ensuing power-play, Nathan MacKinnon made a pass to Rantanen, who quickly passed to Makar for his second goal of the evening to make 7–0. With frustrations boiling over for Tampa Bay, four of their players were called for roughing for which Colorado retaliated with their own roughing calls. However, the Avalanche claimed a 7–0 victory with Darcy Kuemper stopping the 16 shots he faced.[57]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st COL Valeri Nichushkin (7) – pp Andre Burakovsky (5), Alex Newhook (3) 02:54 1–0 COL
COL Josh Manson (3) Andrew Cogliano (2), Alex Newhook (4) 07:55 2–0 COL
COL Andre Burakovsky (3) Mikko Rantanen (15), Devon Toews (9) 13:52 3–0 COL
2nd COL Valeri Nichushkin (8) Mikko Rantanen (16) 04:51 4–0 COL
COL Darren Helm (2) Logan O'Connor (3) 16:26 5–0 COL
3rd COL Cale Makar (6) – sh Andrew Cogliano (3) 02:04 6–0 COL
COL Cale Makar (7) – pp Mikko Rantanen (17), Nathan MacKinnon (9) 09:49 7–0 COL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st TBL Ryan McDonagh Roughing 01:01 2:00
TBL Mikhail Sergachev Delay of game (puck over glass) 08:34 2:00
TBL Corey Perry Roughing 16:12 2:00
COL Darcy Kuemper Holding the stick 16:12 2:00
2nd COL Jack Johnson Hooking 05:35 2:00
TBL Corey Perry Roughing 17:42 2:00
TBL Corey Perry Unsportsmanlike conduct 17:42 2:00
COL J. T. Compher Hooking 17:42 2:00
3rd COL Mikko Rantanen Tripping 01:04 2:00
TBL Ondrej Palat Cross checking 08:19 2:00
COL Valeri Nichushkin Roughing 15:38 2:00
COL Valeri Nichushkin Roughing 15:38 2:00
COL Artturi Lehkonen Roughing 15:38 2:00
COL Artturi Lehkonen Roughing 15:38 2:00
COL Darren Helm Roughing 15:38 2:00
COL Darren Helm Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Anthony Cirelli Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Anthony Cirelli Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Steven Stamkos Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Steven Stamkos Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Erik Cernak Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Erik Cernak Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Alex Killorn Roughing 15:38 2:00
TBL Alex Killorn Roughing 15:38 2:00
COL Jack Johnson Unsportsmanlike conduct 15:38 2:00
COL Jack Johnson Roughing 15:38 2:00
COL Jack Johnson Roughing 15:38 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
TBL 5 7 4 16
COL 11 12 7 30

Game three

June 20 Colorado Avalanche 2–6 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap
Steven Stamkos scored a goal and two points in game three.

In game three, the Lightning showed more offence than their previous two games. However, the Avalanche began the scoring in the first period. After a coach's challenge revealed Valeri Nichushkin's goal was offside, and then Ondrej Palat got called for high-sticking, Colorado went on the power-play. During the power-play, Cale Makar set up Mikko Rantanen for a quick shot through traffic which pinballed off Andrei Vasilevskiy and Erik Cernak for an easy tap-in for Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. The Lightning tied the game less than five minutes later when the Avalanche gave the puck away to Anthony Cirelli who passed to Patrick Maroon and then back again to Cirelli who tried to deke out Darcy Kuemper except his mishandling of the puck went five-hole through Kuemper. The Lightning then gained the lead for the first time in this series after Devon Toews fanned on a pass leading to a breakout of Tampa Bay. Palat and Nikita Kucherov went down the ice, with Steven Stamkos trailing. Palat passed back to Stamkos who set up Palat again for a snap shot that went past Kuemper for a 2–1 lead. In the second period, the Lightning outscored the Avalanche, four goals to one. The first goal came off a turn-over from Colorado's Josh Manson who gave the puck to Victor Hedman setting up an open Nick Paul for a 3–1 lead. However, the Avalanche minimized the Lightning's lead to one goal, when on the power-play, Rantanen and Makar set up Landeskog's snap shot goal. Tampa Bay regained their two-goal lead when Kucherov and Stamkos lead the offensive zone rush with Kucherov back-handing a pass to an open Stamkos for a quick wrist shot. Patrick Maroon made it 5–2 deking out the defencemen with his shot rolling up Kuemper's blocker to the top of the net. Corey Perry made it 6–2 when the Lightning were on the power-play, tipping in a shot by Palat that went over Kuemper. Although the third period had no goals scored, both teams leveled their frustration at each other with both Logan O'Connor and Ross Colton fighting and Patrick Maroon and Andrew Cogliano both squaring off after the whistle resulting in misconducts.[58]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st COL Gabriel Landeskog (10) – pp Mikko Rantanen (18), Cale Makar (18) 08:19 1–0 COL
TBL Anthony Cirelli (2) Patrick Maroon (2) 13:03 1–1
TBL Ondrej Palat (10) Steven Stamkos (7) 14:54 2–1 TBL
2nd TBL Nick Paul (5) Ross Colton (4) 01:26 3–1 TBL
COL Gabriel Landeskog (11) Cale Makar (19), Mikko Rantanen (19) 04:43 3–2 TBL
TBL Steven Stamkos (10) Nikita Kucherov (18), Zach Bogosian (3) 07:52 4–2 TBL
TBL Patrick Maroon (4) Nikita Kucherov (19), Victor Hedman (14) 11:15 5–2 TBL
TBL Corey Perry (6) – pp Ondrej Palat (9), Victor Hedman (15) 14:58 6–2 TBL
3rd None
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st COL J. T. Compher Interference 05:50 2:00
TBL Ondrej Palat High Sticking 07:09 2:00
COL Alex Newhook Holding the stick 10:54 2:00
2nd TBL Ross Colton Hooking 04:03 2:00
TBL Patrick Maroon Roughing 08:50 2:00
COL Josh Manson Roughing 08:50 2:00
COL Nico Sturm Delay of game (puck over glass) 14:22 2:00
TBL Alex Killorn Slashing 15:45 2:00
COL Andrew Cogliano Roughing 19:43 2:00
TBL Mikhail Sergachev Roughing 19:43 2:00
3rd COL Andrew Cogliano Unsportsmanlike conduct 12:03 2:00
COL Devon Toews Cross checking 13:38 2:00
TBL Bench (served by Corey Perry) Too many men 14:40 2:00
COL Logan O'Connor Fighting 17:48 5:00
COL Andrew Cogliano Slashing 17:48 2:00
TBL Patrick Maroon Misconduct 17:48 10:00
COL Andrew Cogliano Misconduct 17:48 10:00
TBL Ross Colton Fighting 17:48 5:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
COL 14 13 12 39
TBL 12 15 6 33

Game four

June 22 Colorado Avalanche 3–2 OT Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap
Nazem Kadri, shown with Toronto, returned to the Avalanche lineup and scored the overtime-winning goal in game four.

In game four, the Lightning and Avalanche traded off periods where one team dominated the shot clock. The first period saw Tampa Bay fire 17 shots compared to Colorado's four shots. The third shot for the Lightning 36 seconds into the game gave Tampa Bay their first goal when Erik Cernak's shot bounced off of goaltender Darcy Kuemper to Anthony Cirelli who fired it into the net. Although Kuemper's mask had come off during the play, it was still ruled a goal due to the continuation of the puck. In the second period, the Avalanche poured off 17 shots compared to the Lightning's seven shots. Both teams ended up scoring this period. Colorado got the equalizer on the power-play when Nathan MacKinnon passed to Mikko Rantanen who passed to the front of the net and MacKinnon redirected the puck in with his skate. Tampa Bay regained the lead as defenceman Victor Hedman led the rush into the offensive zone, slipping by the defenders, and backhanding a shot over Kuemper for 2–1 advantage. However, as the teams switched on shots again, this time with Tampa Bay shooting ten times compared to Colorado's six, the Avalanche tied the game. As the Avalanche were working the point, Darren Helm shot at Andrei Vasilevskiy and the rebound went to Nico Sturm whose shot deflected off of Andrew Cogliano and into the net. With the game tied at two goals apiece, the game went into overtime. In overtime, Kuemper flipped the puck ahead to Artturi Lehkonen who passed to a speeding Nazem Kadri who got the shot through Vasilevskiy and into the top part of the cage. The goal gave Colorado a 3–2 victory and a chance to win the series in Game 5 in Colorado.[59]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Anthony Cirelli (3) Erik Cernak (1) 00:36 1–0 TBL
2nd COL Nathan MacKinnon (12) – pp Mikko Rantanen (20), Cale Makar (20) 05:17 1–1
TBL Victor Hedman (3) Jan Rutta (4) 10:42 2–1 TBL
3rd COL Andrew Cogliano (3) Nico Sturm (2), Darren Helm (3) 02:53 2–2
OT COL Nazem Kadri (7) Artturi Lehkonen (6), Darcy Kuemper (1) 12:02 3–2 COL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st COL Darren Helm Interference 16:57 2:00
2nd TBL Victor Hedman Interference 03:57 2:00
COL Bowen Byram Hooking 06:12 2:00
TBL Steven Stamkos Hooking 11:48 2:00
3rd None
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
COL 4 17 6 10 37
TBL 17 9 10 3 39

Game five

June 24 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–2 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap
Ondrej Palat scored the game-winning goal in game five.

With a potential Stanley Cup victory in Colorado for the Avalanche in game five, the Lightning tried to hold on to extend the series. The first period saw both teams relatively even in shots with Colorado holding a one-shot advantage. However, Tampa Bay began the scoring as Mikhail Sergachev cleared the defensive zone forwarding a pass to Corey Perry with a cross-ice pass to Jan Rutta whose slap shot found its way past Darcy Kuemper for a 1–0 lead. The second period held a different story as the Avalanche held a stronger advantage in shots and managed to tie the game, prior to Tampa Bay's proceeding goal. The Avalanche, upon winning a faceoff, had Nathan MacKinnon pass to Cale Makar who shot the puck at Andrei Vasilevskiy but the rebound bounced to Valeri Nichushkin for an easy tap-in goal. Nikita Kucherov put the Lightning up 2–1 on a 4-on-3 power-play as his one-timer through traffic found its way above Kuemper's blocker to the back of the net. Much like in game four, the Avalanche tied the game in the third period. Once Colorado was able to enter the offensive zone, they set up Makar for a wrist shot through traffic that deflected off of Vasilevskiy, rebounding to Erik Cernak's skate and pinballing through Vasilevskiy and into the net. However, the Lightning reobtained the lead with less than seven minutes left, as the Lightning worked the offensive zone, eventually leading to an Ondrej Palat one-timer that got past Kuemper for a 3–2 advantage. The Avalanche continued to press the Lightning. However, Tampa Bay held off any late attempts to win the game 3–2 and force a sixth game.[60]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Jan Rutta (1) Corey Perry (4), Mikhail Sergachev (7) 15:23 1–0 TBL
2nd COL Valeri Nichushkin (9) Cale Makar (21), Nathan MacKinnon (10) 05:07 1–1
TBL Nikita Kucherov (8) – pp Steven Stamkos (8), Corey Perry (5) 08:10 2–1 TBL
3rd COL Cale Makar (8) Devon Toews (10), Valeri Nichushkin (6) 02:31 2–2
TBL Ondrej Palat (11) Victor Hedman (16), Mikhail Sergachev (8) 13:38 3–2 TBL
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st COL J. T. Compher High-sticking 03:13 2:00
COL Nazem Kadri Hooking 06:58 2:00
TBL Steven Stamkos Interference 11:17 2:00
2nd TBL Alex Killorn Holding 06:27 2:00
COL J. T. Compher Holding the stick 06:27 2:00
COL Cale Makar Tripping 06:58 2:00
TBL Ross Colton High-sticking 16:17 2:00
3rd COL Bench (served by Alex Newhook) Too many men 17:17 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
TBL 11 8 10 29
COL 12 14 11 37

Game six

June 26 Colorado Avalanche 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap
Artturi Lehkonen, shown with Montreal, scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in game six.

Back in Tampa for game six, the Lightning struck first during the first period. As the Lightning were working the forecheck, a giveaway by Cale Makar brought an errant deflection to Steven Stamkos who put it five-hole through Darcy Kuemper. The Avalanche managed to tie the game in the second period during their offensive zone coverage which led to a delayed penalty on Tampa Bay. On the delayed penalty, Nathan MacKinnon's shot from the short side beat Andrei Vasilevskiy. Colorado then gained the lead when a 3–on–2 involving Josh Manson, MacKinnon, and Artturi Lehkonen resulted in a wrist shot by the latter to go up 2–1. With the lead the Avalanche continued to shoot at the Lightning goaltender while also maintaining defence. The Avalanche held on to claim a 2–1 victory to win their third Stanley Cup.[61]

Cale Makar was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the playoffs. He became the third defenceman to win the Norris Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup in the same year; equalling Bobby Orr and Nicklas Lidstrom in accomplishing this feat.[62] Corey Perry became the first player in league history to be on the losing side of three consecutive Finals while playing for three different teams.[26]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st TBL Steven Stamkos (11) Ondrej Palat (10) 03:48 1–0 TBL
2nd COL Nathan MacKinnon (13) Bowen Byram (9), Gabriel Landeskog (11) 01:54 1–1
COL Artturi Lehkonen (8) Nathan MacKinnon (11), Josh Manson (5) 12:28 2–1 COL
3rd
None
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st COL Cale Makar Interference 00:23 2:00
2nd TBL Ryan McDonagh Boarding 14:53 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
COL 8 13 9 30
TBL 10 9 4 23

Team rosters

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Steven Stamkos captained the Lightning to their third-straight Finals appearance and fifth overall in franchise history.
# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
12 Canada Alex Barre-Boulet C L 25 2021 Montmagny, Quebec second (2021)
41 France Pierre-Edouard Bellemare C L 37 2021 Le Blanc-Mesnil, France second (2018)
24 United States Zach Bogosian D R 31 2021 Massena, New York second (2020)
81 Slovakia Erik Cernak D L 25 2017 Košice, Slovakia third (2020, 2021)
71 Canada Anthony Cirelli C L 24 2015 Woodbridge, Ontario third (2020, 2021)
79 United States Ross Colton C L 25 2016 Robbinsville, New Jersey second (2021)
1 Canada Brian Elliott G L 37 2021 Newmarket, Ontario first
52 Canada Callan Foote D R 23 2017 Englewood, Colorado second (2021)
38 Canada Brandon Hagel LW L 23 2022 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan first
77 Sweden Victor HedmanA D L 31 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden fourth (2015, 2020, 2021)
17 Canada Alex KillornA LW L 32 2007 Halifax, Nova Scotia fourth (2015, 2020, 2021)
86 Russia Nikita Kucherov RW L 28 2011 Maykop, Russia fourth (2015, 2020, 2021)
14 United States Patrick Maroon LW L 34 2019 St. Louis, Missouri fourth (2019, 2020, 2021)
27 United States Ryan McDonaghA D L 32 2018 Saint Paul, Minnesota fourth (2014, 2020, 2021)
16 Canada Riley Nash C R 33 2022 Consort, Alberta first
18 Czech Republic Ondrej Palat LW L 31 2011 Frýdek-Místek, Czechoslovakia fourth (2015, 2020, 2021)
20 Canada Nick Paul LW L 27 2022 Mississauga, Ontario first
10 Canada Corey Perry RW R 37 2021 Peterborough, Ontario fourth (2007, 2020, 2021)
21 Canada Brayden Point C R 26 2014 Calgary, Alberta third (2020, 2021)
93 Canada Anthony Richard C L 25 2022 Trois-Rivières, Quebec first
44 Czech Republic Jan Rutta D R 31 2019 Písek, Czechoslovakia third (2020, 2021)
98 Russia Mikhail Sergachev D L 23 2017 Nizhnekamsk, Russia third (2020, 2021)
91 Canada Steven StamkosC C R 32 2008 Markham, Ontario fourth (2015, 2020, 2021)
88 Russia Andrei Vasilevskiy G L 27 2012 Tyumen, Russia fourth (2015, 2020, 2021)

Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog captained the Avalanche to their third Finals appearance in franchise history and first since 2001.
# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
60 Finland Justus Annunen G L 22 2018 Kempele, Finland first
16 Canada Nicolas Aube-Kubel RW R 26 2021 Slave Lake, Alberta first
95 Sweden Andre Burakovsky LW L 27 2019 Klagenfurt, Austria second (2018)
4 Canada Bowen Byram D L 21 2019 Cranbrook, British Columbia first
11 Canada Andrew Cogliano LW L 34 2022 Toronto, Ontario second (2020)
37 United States J. T. Compher C R 27 2015 Northbrook, Illinois first
39 Czech Republic Pavel Francouz G R 32 2018 Plzeň, Czechoslovakia first
49 Canada Sam Girard D L 24 2017 Roberval, Quebec first
43 Canada Darren Helm C L 35 2021 St. Andrews, Manitoba third (2008, 2009)
6 United States Erik Johnson D R 34 2011 Bloomington, Minnesota first
3 United States Jack Johnson D L 35 2021 Indianapolis, Indiana first
91 Canada Nazem Kadri C L 31 2019 London, Ontario first
35 Canada Darcy Kuemper G L 32 2021 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan first
92 Sweden Gabriel LandeskogC LW L 29 2011 Stockholm, Sweden first
62 Finland Artturi Lehkonen LW L 26 2022 Piikkiö, Finland second (2021)
56 Canada Kurtis MacDermid D L 28 2021 Quebec City, Quebec first
29 Canada Nathan MacKinnonA C R 26 2013 Halifax, Nova Scotia first
8 Canada Cale Makar D R 23 2017 Calgary, Alberta first
42 United States Josh Manson D R 30 2022 Hinsdale, Illinois first
59 United States Ben Meyers C L 23 2022 Delano, Minnesota first
32 United States Hunter Miska G L 26 2019 Stacy, Minnesota first
28 Canada Ryan Murray D L 28 2021 Regina, Saskatchewan first
18 Canada Alex Newhook C L 21 2019 St. John’s, Newfoundland first
13 Russia Valeri Nichushkin RW L 27 2019 Chelyabinsk, Russia first
25 Canada Logan O'Connor RW R 25 2018 Missouri City, Texas first
96 Finland Mikko RantanenA RW L 25 2015 Nousiainen, Finland first
78 Germany Nico Sturm C L 27 2022 Augsburg, Germany first
7 Canada Devon Toews D L 28 2020 Abbotsford, British Columbia first

Stanley Cup engraving

The Stanley Cup was presented to Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly following the Avalanche's 2–1 win in Game 6.

This is a list of 52 names that may be engraved on the Stanley Cup. The official names will added after Stanley Cup tours the world, sometime in the fall of 2022:

2021–22 Colorado Avalanche

Players

  Goaltenders


* – played both winger and center.

Coaching and administrative staff

  • E. Stanley Kroenke (Chairman/Owner), Josh Kroenke (President/Vice Chairman/Governor/Minority Owner), Joe Sakic (Exe Vice President/Alt. Governor/General Manager),
  • Matt Hutchings (Alt. Governor), Mark Waggoner (Alt. Governor), Craig Billington (Asst. General Manager/AHL GM), Chris MacFarland (Asst. Geneal Manager),
  • Jared Bednar (Head Coach), Ray Bennett (Asst. Coach), Nolan Pratt (Asst. Coach), Jussi Parkkila (Goaltending Coach),
  • Brett Heimlich (Video Coach), Shawn Allard (Skills Coach), Charlotte Grahame (Vice President of Hockey Administration), Brian Willsie (Director of Player Development),
  • Brad Smith (Director Scouting), Wade Klippenstein (Director of Amateur Scouting), Joni Lehto (Director of European Scouting),
  • Brendan McNicholas (Vice President Media & Players Relations), Matt Sokolowski (Athletic Trainer), Donovan Delarosbil (Asst. Athletic Trainer),
  • Casey Bonf (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Scott Woodward (Director of Rehabilitation), J.C. Ihrig (Equipment Manager),
  • Don White (Asst. Equipment Manager), Brad Lewkow (Asst. Equipment Manager), Yevgeniy Haletskiy (Massage Therapist)

Engraving Notes

  • 60 Justus Annunen played for 2 regular season, and dressed for 3 playoff games due to Kuemper being injured. (Round 1 game 4 due an eye injury, games 2 & 3 in Conference finals due an upper body injury). Since Annunen did not dress in finals he does not qualify to be engraved on the Stanley Cup. He will receive a Stanley Cup ring for his efforts.
  • 91 Nazem Kadri was the first Muslim player to win the Stanley Cup.

Player notes

These players were on the extended roster during the playoffs. None appeared in the playoffs. They will receive Stanley Cup rings. It is unknown if they will get their names on the Cup.

  • 12 Jason Megna(C 20 regular season games)
  • 98 Mikhail Malsev (LW 18 regular season games)
  • 9 Dylan Sikura(C 8 regular season games)
  • 61 Martin Kaut (RW 6 regular season games)
  • 67 Keaton Middleton (D 3 regular season games)
  • 10 Roland McKeown(D only played in the minors)
  • 32 Hunter Mistka(G only played in the minors)
  • 50 Trent Miner (G only played in the minors)
  • 93 Jean-Luc Foudy (C only played in the minors)

Media rights

In Canada, this was the eighth consecutive Stanley Cup Finals broadcast by Sportsnet and CBC Television in English, and TVA Sports in French. The series was also streamed on Sportsnet Now and Rogers NHL Live.[1][63] Some stations in Sportsnet's sibling broadcast network Citytv also simulcast ESPN's coverage of the deciding Game 6 for simultaneous substitution purposes, similarly to how Canadian networks handled the 2019 NBA Finals.[64][65]

In the United States, the series was televised on ABC and streamed on ESPN+.[2] This was the first year of a seven-year deal in which ABC/ESPN+ broadcasts the Finals in even years, alternating with TNT.[66][67] With coverage on ABC, 2022 was the first time that the Finals were carried in their entirety on broadcast television since 1980 (under the previous broadcast deal with NBC, two games were exclusive to cable).[68][69] ESPN's coverage drew the Finals' highest average viewership since 2019, with 4.6 million viewers.[70]

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