Day: June 23, 2022
NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Final Edition – June 23, 2022
* Nazem Kadri scored in overtime during his Stanley Cup Final debut to give the Avalanche a 3-1 series lead and a chance to hoist the Cup on home ice Friday.
* For the 15th time in NHL history and first since 2016, at least two of the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final required overtime.
* Game 4 began with a goal that ranks among the fastest from the start of a Stanley Cup Final contest in the expansion era and also saw Avalanche records fall as Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar added to their assist totals.
KADRI NETS OT WINNER IN FINAL DEBUT; AVS CAN HOIST CUP AT HOME FRIDAY
Making his return to the Avalanche lineup for the first time since Game 3 of the Conference Finals, Nazem Kadri scored his first career playoff overtime goal to complete another Colorado comeback and give the club a 3-1 series lead heading back to Denver.
* Colorado can win its third Stanley Cup when they host Game 5 on Friday at Ball Arena. Only one of the past six championships has been won on home ice – by Tampa Bay last year.
* Kadri became the ninth player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in his Stanley Cup Final debut and the first to do so outside of Game 1.
* Wednesday was Colorado’s sixth overtime game of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-1), tied with 2001 (3-3) for the second most in one postseason in franchise history behind 1996 (5-2). Their five victories equal a franchise benchmark set in 1996 with Uwe Krupp’s Cup-clinching goal.
* Kadri’s Stanley Cup Final debut came in his 50th career playoff game and followed 739 career regular season contests, with 561 of those coming in a Maple Leafs uniform before being acquired by the Avalanche on July 1, 2019.
KADRI NOT THE ONLY SAKIC ACQUISITON WHO MADE AN IMPACT IN GAME 4
One day after being named a finalist for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award for the first time in his career, Avalanche GM Joe Sakic watched as six players he acquired either before or during the 2021-22 season combined for six points on the tying and winning goals in Game 4:
* Acquired on March 21, 2022, ahead of the trade deadline, Andrew Cogliano tied the game with his first career Stanley Cup Final goal (9 GP) – with assists to Nico Sturm (acquired March 15, 2022) and Darren Helm (signed July 29, 2021).
* Acquired the same day as Cogliano, Artturi Lehkonen notched the primary assist in overtime. Lehkonen (2-1—3) is one of four active players with at least three career overtime points in the Conference Finals/Semifinals or Stanley Cup Final, joining Patrick Kane (2-2—4), Sidney Crosby (1-2—3)and Alec Martinez (2-1—3).
* Darcy Kuemper, acquired via trade on July 28, 2021, became the first goaltender in NHL history with an overtime assist in a Stanley Cup Final game. He was the fourth to record a helper on any playoff overtime goal, following Pekka Rinne (Game 6 of 2016 R2 w/ NSH), Tuukka Rask (Game 4 of 2010 CQF w/ BOS) and Dominik Hasek (Game 3 of 2002 CF w/ DET).
COLORADO NEARING RECORD NUMBER OF COMEBACK WINS
The Avalanche faced 1-0 and 2-1 deficits but emerged with their ninth comeback win of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which stands one back of the single-postseason record held by the 2009 Penguins (10).
* Game 4 was Colorado’s 15th third-period, comeback win of 2021-22 and fourth of the postseason (also 11 in regular season) – tied for the third-highest combined total in one season in NHL history.
* Colorado’s victory was the 36th comeback win overall in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs (87 GP), the most in a four-round postseason since 2014 (36 in 93 GP).
LIGHTNING-QUICK STRIKE BEGINS GAME 4
Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli tallied 36 seconds into Game 4, the fastest goal to begin a Stanley Cup Final contest in 16 years and one of 17 scored that quickly into a game during the championship series. It was just the ninth time a player scored in the opening 36 seconds of a game during the Final.
* Cirelli became the fifth Lightning player to score in the opening 40 seconds of any playoff game and first since Cedric Paquette in Game 5 of the 2018 Conference Finals (0:19 vs. WSH).
FRANCHISE RECORDS FALL AS RANTANEN, MAKAR HIT 20 ASSISTS
Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar each recorded their 20th assist of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Colorado’s first goal to establish a franchise record for one postseason, surpassing Peter Stastny (19 in 1985 w/ QUE).
* Rantanen posted his eighth assist of the series, one shy of the official record for an entire Stanley Cup Final. While four players share the official record for most assists in the Final (9), Wayne Gretzky compiled 10 assists in the 1988 championship series including two in the suspended game on May 24. A decision was made at the time to count player statistics as part of their career totals but not as part of official NHL records, therefore Gretzky’s official count for that series is eight.
* Rantanen (4-10—14 in 8 GP) extended his point streak to eight games and now has 0-8—8 in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final. He is the second player in NHL history with eight assists through the first four games in a Final, joining Gretzky who had eight assists through four games in 1988 – whether you count the suspended game or not.
* Makar factored on five straight Avalanche goals over the course of Games 2-4, a streak which ended when Andrew Cogliano pulled Colorado even at 2:53 of the third period. Makar became the third defenseman in NHL history to have a point on five consecutive team goals in a Final, joining Paul Coffey in 1985 (6 G w/ EDM) and Eddie Bush in 1942 (6 G w/ DET).
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