Avalanche vs. Lightning: Live updates and highlights from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final

Bowen Byram (4), Gabriel Landeskog (92), Valeri Nichushkin (13) and Nico Sturm (78) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Bowen Byram (4), Gabriel Landeskog (92), Valeri Nichushkin (13) and Nico Sturm (78) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Jared Bednar is an evangelist of the five-minute plan. The Avalanche coach doesn’t go period to period but rather as many as four stretches in each frame.

He studies game video in five-minute spans when special teams are not involved and wants his team to focus on playing that way. Beyond the power play and penalty kill, it’s Colorado’s primary focus entering Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

“It’s just narrowing our focus, staying in the moment,” Bednar said after Friday’s practice at Ball Arena. “You can’t do it all the time. When you hit a penalty kill or a power play, you’re trying to win the two-minute game (but otherwise) we can kind of break it down and we have a good five minutes and we’re moving on to the next. For me, it just helps guys stay focused and in the moment and committed to what you’re trying to do.” — Mike Chambers

from Chambers here.

Following a two-day break, the Stanley Cup Final between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning returns with Game 2 Saturday night at Ball Arena. Stick here for live updates leading up to and during the game. Refresh to see our latest analysis.

Live updates

City (dis)Connect (4:15 p.m.): For those not paying attention, and judging by the lack of purple in downtown on Saturday, that’s quite a bit of you, the Rockies are hosting the Padres on the other side of LoDo Saturday.

While the purple pinstripes were few and far between a few hours before first pitch, there were a pair of gentlemen proudly donning the Rockies’ infamous license plate-inspired City Connect jerseys. Which is about two more than we expected to see all summer — not counting the guys getting paid to wear those green monstrosities, of course.

As for the Avs fans this much is clear: The oversized Avs neck chain is the hot accessory of 2022. — Matt Schubert 

Andrew Cogliano “possibly an option” for Avalanche in Game 2

Avalanche forward Andrew Cogliano was a full participant in Saturday’s morning skate, meaning the 35-year-old veteran might return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“He’s possibly an option,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said from Ball Arena.

Cogliano, who has a team-high 111 games of NHL playoff experience, was among four acquisitions ahead of the NHL trade deadline in March. He’s become a valuable fourth-line winger and penalty killer because of his speed and forechecking abilities. He sustained a hand injury late in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at Edmonton and underwent surgery soon after.– Mike Chambers

Jack Johnson, 35, is a recent college graduate looking to hoist the Stanley Cup with Avalanche

Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson is …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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