2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap

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The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs opened with two weeks of “Mayhem” in the First Round, featured the “Battle of Alberta” in the Second Round, the second-highest scoring Conference Finals sweep in history and a Stanley Cup Final that saw the Colorado Avalanche dethrone the two-time defending champions to claim their first Cup in two decades. A few #NHLStats to tell the story of the highest-scoring playoffs since 1995:

7,000,000 –The average audience across North America that watched the 2022 Stanley Cup Final on ABC, ESPN+, CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, with an average audience of three million throughout the entire 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

4,200,000 – The average audience that watched the Conference Finals across North America – up 30% from 2019. In the U.S. across ESPN and TNT, the Conference Finals were up 67% from last year and 19% from 2019. This was the most-watched Conference Finals since 2015 (including broadcast and cable) and the most-watched Conference Finals on cable since 2013.

1999 – Year that “All The Small Things” was released by blink-182, with the song becoming the in-game anthem of the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche.

562 – Goals scored in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the fifth most in a postseason that consisted of four or fewer rounds (i.e., excluding 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers).

101 – Average percentage of capacity for crowds at NHL arenas, with 1,655,687 fans attending the 89 postseason games in the first “normal” postseason since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

89 – Games played in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in a postseason that consisted of four or fewer rounds (i.e., excluding 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers) since 2016 (91).

69 – Points by Avalanche defensemen during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the second most in one postseason in NHL history behind the 1985 Oilers (77).

65 –Combined points by Connor McDavid (10-23—33) and Leon Draisaitl (7-25—32) in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only two players in playoff history collected more points before the Final than McDavid: Wayne Gretzky (36 in 1985, 34 in 1983 w/ EDM) and Doug Gilmour (35 in 1993 w/ TOR).

54 – Wins by the home team in 2022, tied for the fourth most in NHL history in a single playoff year.

52 – Years since a defenseman age 23 or younger won the Conn Smythe Trophy, with Cale Makar becoming the first to do so since Bobby Orr in 1970.

45 – Goals scored in “The Battle of Alberta” as the Oilers (25) and Flames (20) combined for the most in a five-game series since 1988 and the fifth-highest total in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

37 – Number of comeback wins this postseason (42% of 89 GP). Fourteen games saw the winning team trail in the third period and 10 were multi-goal rallies. Only three playoff years since 2000 have featured a higher percentage of comeback wins: 2010 (47% of 89 GP), 2006 (47% of 83 GP) and 2009 (43% of 87 GP).

27 – Years since a postseason averaged at least 6.3 goals-per-game, before 2022, with the last occurrence coming in 1995 (6.5 G/GP).

13 – Consecutive games involving the Hurricanes that were won by the home team, the longest such stretch in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (previous: 11 straight by 2013 Kings and 1962 Maple Leafs).

12 –Number of multi-point games for Connor McDavid in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which trailed only Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux for the most ever inone postseason. He became the first player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history with nine multi-point outings through his first 10 games of a playoff year.

11 – Consecutive series wins by the Lightning, the third-longest stretch in Stanley Cup Playoffs history behind the Islanders (19; 1980-1984) and Canadiens (13; 1976-1980).

11 – Points in potential series-clinching games by Cale Makar, the most by a defenseman in one playoff year.

10 – Points while facing elimination this postseason by reigning Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox – an NHL record for a single postseason by a defenseman.

8 – Number of playoff years to include at least six Game 7s, with 2022 becoming the latest and finishing one shy of the most in a single postseason (7 in 1994, 2011 & 2014).

8 – Hat tricks in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in 29 years and four back of the record for one playoff year. The only postseasons with more: 1988 (12), 1983 (12), 1985 (11), 1992 (11), 1993 (10) and 1981 (9).

– Number of players to score the series-clinching goal in both the Conference Finals/Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final in the same year, with Colorado’s Artturi Lehkonen joining that list in 2022.

– Number of No. 1-overall picks whose team advanced to the 2022 Conference Finals, marking the most ever in the final four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (previously: 5 in 1977 and 1984). It was just the second time every team in the final four had at least one No. 1 pick (also 1980).

6 – Time, in minutes, it took Oilers forward Evander Kane to record a hat trick during Game 3 against the Flames. It was the seventh-fastest three goals in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

6 – Number of series-clinching shutouts recorded by Andrei Vasilevskiy in his career, the most in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. His record-setting performance came in the Second Round against Florida.

5.6 – Time, in seconds, remaining in the third period of Game 6 when Avalanche forward Darren Helm scored the go-ahead goal against the Blues – the second-latest series-clinching goal in regulation in NHL history.

5 – Length of Leon Draisaitl’s streak of three-point games, the longest in Stanley Cup Playoffs history (no one before him had more than three in a row).

4 – Number of Stanley Cup champions since 1987 to never face a series deficit, with Colorado joining Los Angeles (2012), Detroit (2008) and Edmonton (1988).

4 – Number of losses by the Avalanche en route to their third Stanley Cup in franchise history. Only one champion suffered fewer losses since all rounds became best-of-seven in 1987: Edmonton (2 in 1988).

4 – Number of teams to win multiple series in one year after facing a multi-game deficit in each. The Rangers (3-1 vs. PIT, 2-0 vs. CAR) added to that list with their Second Round comeback against the Hurricanes and joined the 2011 Bruins (2-0 vs. MTL & VAN), 2009 Penguins (2-0 vs. WSH & DET) and 2003 Wild (3-1 vs. COL & VAN).

– The number of Stanley Cup Playoffs records set during the “Battle of Alberta,” with the Oilers and Flames establishing new benchmarks for: fastest four goals by both teams (1:11 in Game 5), fastest two goals from the start of a game (0:51 by CGY in Game 1), most assists by one player in a period (Leon Draisaitl: 4 in P2 of Game 3) and most points by a player in a five-game series (Draisaitl: 2-15—17).

3.8 – Time, in seconds, remaining in regulation when Lightning forward Ross Colton scored the go-ahead goal in Game 2 against the Panthers – one of seven times in Stanley Cup Playoffs history a player has broken a tie within the final four seconds of the third period.

– Number of teams to record 10 comeback wins in one postseason, with the 2022 Avalanche matching the single-postseason record set by the 2009 Penguins.

– The number of champions in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to register a comeback win in four series-clinching games of a single postseason, with Colorado doing so this year (Game 4 of R1Game 6 of R2Game 4 of CF & Game 6 of SCF).

– The number of teams in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to score two tying goals in the final five minutes of regulation when facing elimination, with St. Louis achieving the feat in their Game 5 victory against Colorado.



Avalanche Reach Mountaintop Once Again, Win Third Stanley Cup in Franchise History

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The Avalanche won Game 6 at AMALIE Arena to defeat the two-time defending-champion Lightning and win the Stanley Cup. Colorado captured its third championship in franchise history, following Cups in 1996 and 2001.

Colorado claimed its championship by going 16-4 in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including sweeps in the First Round and Conference Finals as well as six-game wins in the Second Round and Final.

* The Avalanche became the sixth team to win a Cup with four or fewer postseason losses since 1987 when the best-of-seven format was adopted for all rounds. The only club among that group with fewer than four defeats are the 1988 Oilers, who went 16-2 plus their no-decision in the suspended game during the Final (which was tied 3-3 when called) en route to their fourth championship in five years.

* Colorado held a multi-game lead in each of its four series this postseason. The Avalanche became the ninth team since 1987 with four multi-game series leads in a single playoff year, joining the 2020 Lightning, 2012 Kings, 2011 Canucks, 2008 Red Wings, 2003 Devils, 1995 Devils, 1988 Oilers and 1987 Oilers.

* Colorado’s journey featured two winning streaks of five or more games, including a franchise-record seven-game stretch. The Avalanche also concluded the postseason with a 9-1 record as visitors and became the third Stanley Cup champions since 1987 with one or fewer road losses, following the 2012 Kings (10-1) and 1995 Devils (10-1). The 2020 Lightning also went 10-1 in games where they were designated as the road team while playing in the neutral-site bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto.

Colorado captured its championship five years after finishing last place in the League standings with only 48 points during the 2016-17 season (22-56-4) – among the 10 lowest point totals in an NHL season of 82 or more games. Avalanche veterans Mikko RantanenNathan MacKinnonGabriel LandeskogErik Johnson and J.T. Compher all skated with Colorado during that campaign.

* It was the second time the franchise has won a Cup within five years of a last-place finish, as the Quebec Nordiques ranked 21st in 1990-91 before the Avalanche lifted the trophy in 1995-96 (their first season in Denver). Overall, it has happened five times in the expansion era (since 1967-68).

Avalanche mainstays Mikko Rantanen (5-20—25), Nathan MacKinnon (13-11—24) and Gabriel Landeskog (11-11—22) combined for 29-42–71 during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, while 23-year-old defenseman Cale Makar (8-21—29) had a 29-point showing en route to adding a Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy to his NHL Awards collection which already includes the 2021-22 James Norris Memorial Trophy and 2019-20 Calder Memorial Trophy.

* Rantanen recorded eight of his 20 assists against the Lightning, which were one shy of the official NHL record in a Final shared by Daniel Briere with the 2010 Flyers, Larry Murphy with the 1991 Penguins, Wayne Gretzky with the 1987 Oilers and Jacques Lemaire with the 1973 Canadiens. Of note, Gretzky got 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 and, therefore, his official count for that series is eight).

* MacKinnon shared the NHL lead with 13 goals and became the third different player in franchise history with as many in a single postseason, joining Joe Sakic in 1996 and 2001 as well as Claude Lemieux in 1997. MacKinnon opened the playoffs with a four-game goal streak, had a hat trick in Game 5 of the Second Round and tallied five times from the Conference Finals onward (including four goals scored in tying or go-ahead fashion over that span).

* Landeskog had seven multi-point games over the course of the postseason, including three since Game 4 of the Conference Finals. His seven multi-point games trailed only Rantanen and Makar (both w/ 8) for the team lead.

* Makar became the fourth defenseman in NHL history with 29 points in a playoff year, joining Paul Coffey with the 1985 Oilers, Brian Leetch with the 1994 Rangers and Al MacInnis with the 1989 Flames. Makar and Rantanen established a franchise record for most assists in a playoff year, eclipsing the previous mark of 19 set by Peter Stastny with the 1985 Quebec Nordiques.

Gabriel Landeskog
 (Stockholm, Sweden), who set the tone in the Final just like Joe Sakic did during the team’s last trip to the round in 2001, became the fourth player in NHL history born and trained outside of North America to captain a Stanley Cup winner. He followed Alex Ovechkin (Moscow, Russia; 2018 WSH), Zdeno Chara (Trencin, Slovakia; 2011 BOS) and Nicklas Lidstrom (Vasteras, Sweden; 2008 DET).

Joe Sakic, who captained Colorado to its Stanley Cup wins in 1996 and 2001, became the third individual in NHL history to win a championship as both a player and general manager with the same franchise. He joined Serge Savard of the Canadiens (player: 8; GM: 2) and Milt Schmidt of the Bruins (player: 2; GM: 2). In addition, Lester Patrick won the Cup as Rangers GM three times, including in 1928 when he also tended goal for the club under emergency circumstances in Game 2 of the Final.

Jared Bednar won the first Stanley Cup of his NHL career and became the third head coach in franchise history to guide the Avalanche to a championship. Marc Crawford and Bob Hartley manned the Colorado bench in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

* Bednar, who won a Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters in 2016 and a Kelly Cup with the South Carolina Stingrays in 2009, became the first individual with an NHL, AHL and ECHL championship as a head coach (since 1988-89 when the ECHL contested its inaugural season). Peter Laviolette nearly achieved the feat – he won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and a Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins in 1999 while also guiding the Wheeling Nailers to the Northern Conference Final during the 1998 Kelly Cup Playoffs, where they fell in six games to the eventual-champion Hampton Roads Admirals.

Andrew Cogliano (1,140 GP) and recent graduate Jack Johnson(1,024 GP) became the 18th and 19th players in NHL history to win their first Stanley Cup after appearing in 1,000 career regular-season games. The list is topped by Ray Bourque (1,612 GP), who famously won the championship with the 2001 Avalanche at the end of his 22-season NHL career.

Erik Johnson (857 GP; No. 1 in 2006) has the third-most career games played among current Avalanche players behind Cogliano and Johnson, while fellow top-two NHL Draft pick Gabriel Landeskog (738 GP; No. 2 in 2011) is the longest-tenured member of the franchise. Aside from them, only nine other top-two picks from the NHL Draft played at least 700 career games before winning their first Cup: Steven Stamkos (803 GP), Victor Hedman (762 GP), Alex Ovechkin (1,003 GP), Chris Pronger (868 GP), Mike Modano (710 GP), Brendan Shanahan (713 GP), Brian Bellows (835 GP), Kirk Muller (714 GP) and Rob Ramage (755 GP).

Ten of the Avalanche’s 16 wins this postseason were earned in come-from-behind fashion, including four third-period comeback victories and one where they rallied from a multi-goal deficit. Colorado’s 10 comeback wins tied the 2009 Penguins for the most in NHL history within a playoff year, while their four third-period comeback victories were one back of the League benchmark (held by the 2020 Stars, 2014 Kings, 1999 Stars & 1980 Islanders).

* While Colorado never trailed in a series, they did trail in all four of their series-clinching wins, becoming the first team in NHL history to do so.

* The Avalanche earned eight wins this postseason where they surrendered a lead, including two where they relinquished a multi-goal lead (Game 3 of R1 at NSH & Game 1 of SCF vs. TBL). Colorado trailed only the 1993 Canadiens (12), 1985 Oilers (9) and 1982 Islanders (9) for the most such wins by a Stanley Cup champion.

Darren Helm (2008 DET) and Andre Burakovsky (2018 WSH) won their second Stanley Cup, with Colorado becoming the 12th champions in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) with two or fewer previous winners and fourth in the last five years (also 2020 TBL: Pat Maroon; 2019 STL: none; 2018 WSH: Brooks Orpik).

* Helm had two goals during the Avalanche’s championship run, none bigger than the series clincher with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation during Game 6 of the Second Round. Helm (59:54) scored the second latest regulation-time series-clinching goal in NHL history, behind only the winner by Maple Leafs forward Nick Metz (59:55)in Game 6 of the 1942 Semifinals.

Burakovsky opened the Final by burying the overtime winner early in Game 1. He became the second player in franchise history with an overtime goal in a Final contest following Uwe Krupp, who scored the Cup-clinching goal in the third overtime during Game 4 of the 1996 championship series.

The Avalanche power-play scored at a 32.8% clip during their Cup run, the highest rate on record (since 1977-78) in one postseason by a team that played at least 20 games. Colorado went 20-for-61 with the man advantage, the fourth-most power-play goals in one postseason in franchise history.

* Colorado converted on 42.3% of their power-play opportunities on the road in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the second-highest rate on record (also since 1977-78; min. 10 road GP). The 2019 Bruins edged them with a 44.1% success rate with the man advantage as visitors.

Colorado won nine of its 10 road games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including each of its first seven contests as visitors until a loss to Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the Final. Their nine road victories established a franchise record for one playoff year (previous: 8-3 in 1996, 8-2 in 1999) and finished one shy of the NHL record shared by six clubs.

* The Avalanche also became the fourth Stanley Cup champions in NHL history to earn each of their four series-clinching wins on the road, joining the 2018 Capitals2009 Penguins and 2008 Red Wings.

Inspired by the tradition of nearly 18,000 fans singing Blink-182’s “All The Small Things” during the third period, a few more #NHLStats from Colorado’s Cup run:

Artturi Lehkonen scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal Sunday on the heels of netting the series-clinching goal in overtime during Game 4 of the Conference Finals. He became the seventh player in NHL history with a series-clinching goal in the round before the Stanley Cup Final and in the Final during a single postseason, joining Alec Martinez with the 2014 Kings, Max Talbot with the 2009 Penguins, Bobby Smith with the 1986 Canadiens, Ken Linseman with the 1984 Oilers, Mike Bossy with the 1983 Islanders and Toe Blake with the 1946 Canadiens.

Nazem Kadri had 7-8—15 in 16 games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a hat trick in Game 4 of the Second Round, three points in a span of 2:04 in Game 2 of the Conference Finals as well as the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final during his return to the Avalanche lineup. He became the ninth player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in his Final debut (and first to do so outside of Game 1).

Valeri Nichushkin notched nine goals during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs after having just four tallies through the first 42 postseason games of his NHL career. He led all players with four goals in the Final, matching the franchise record for most in a championship series.

Bowen Byram and Gabriel Landeskog concluded the postseason +15, sharing the best plus-minus in the NHL with Oilers captain Connor McDavid. Byram became the third rookie defenseman with a plus-minus of +15 or higher in a playoff year (since 1959-60 when the stat was officially tracked), joining Ken Morrow and Mike Busniuk.

Alex Newhook (St. John’s, N.L.) became the third Newfoundland-born Stanley Cup winner in NHL history, joining Daniel Cleary (2008 DET) and Michael Ryder (2011 BOS). Eight of the 10 Canadian provinces are represented among Avalanche players that won the championship, marking the highest such total by a Cup-winning team (previous: 7 by 2011 BOS, 1992 PIT, 1990 EDM & 1983 EDM).

* The Avalanche became the fourth team in NHL history to have multiple goaltenders each with six or more wins in a single postseason, following the 2017 Penguins (Marc-Andre Fleury: 9 & Matt Murray: 7), 2010 Flyers (Michael Leighton: 8 & Brian Boucher: 6) and 1972 Bruins (Gerry Cheevers: 6 & Eddie Johnston: 6). The Penguins and Bruins also won the Stanley Cup.

* The Avalanche became the fourth franchise in NHL history to win the Cup in each of its first three or more appearances in the championship series, following the Islanders (4: 1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983), original Ottawa Senators (4: 1920, 1921, 1923 & 1927) and Maple Leafs (3: 1918, 1922 & 1932).

* Not only did Colorado halt Tampa Bay’s bid for a three-peat, they emerged in a matchup against the two highest-scoring players in the postseason – sweeping the Oilers in the Western Conference Final despite Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl combining for 13 points in the four-game series.

* Colorado went 5-1 in overtime in six overtime games, tied with 2001 (3-3) for the second most such contests in one postseason in franchise history behind 1996 (5-2). Their five victories equaled a franchise benchmark set in 1996 with Uwe Krupp’s Cup-clinching goal.

* Colorado matched a franchise record for goals in a playoff game during their 8-6 victory in the opener of the Western Conference Final. That was tied for second-highest scoring game in Conference Finals history.

Ten Avalanche players had at least one game-winning goal this postseason, which ranked as the franchise’s second-highest such total in a single playoff year behind 2001 (11).