Avalanche vs. Lightning live score, updates, highlights from Game 1 of 2022 Stanley Cup Final

And here we go. The Stanley Cup Final kicks off tonight with Game 1 between the Avalanche and Lightning in Denver. 

It’s two clubs that entered the season as the top two favorites to win the 2022 Stanley Cup and now, months later, the two will battle for the right to raise hockey’s most coveted trophy. 

After finishing as the top team in West, Colorado is aiming to win the franchise’s first championship since 2001, when current general manager Joe Sakic was still captaining the team. The Avs have rolled through the playoffs up to this point, sweeping the Predators in the first round, getting by the Blues in six games in the second and handling the Oilers with ease in four games in the conference finals. 

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Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon have been men on a mission. The 23-year-old Makar is leading the team in points with 22 in 14 games, putting up a point-per-game rate that is currently among the likes of Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey for a single postseason by a defenseman. MacKinnon’s 11 goals are only second to Oilers’ Evander Kane and he could very well lead the postseason in that category after all is said and done. 

In the Avs’ way are the back-to-back champions. The Lightning enter the finals for the third consecutive season, looking to solidify their spot in history as one of the greatest NHL dynasties. After winning the Cup in 2020 and 2021, Tampa Bay can become the first team since the Islanders in the ’80s to win three Cups in a row. 

The Lightning were pushed to seven games by the Maple Leafs in the first round, but were able to prevail. They stunned the Panthers in the second round by sweeping the Presidents’ Trophy winners, and then defeated the Rangers in six games in the conference finals.

Nikita Kucherov sits in a tie for the fourth-most points in this postseason with 23 in 17 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to be the best goaltender in the league, sporting a 2.27 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. 

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The Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Avalanche vs. Lightning score

Game 1 P1 P2 P3 F
Lightning 1 0 0 0
Avalanche 3 0 0 0

Avalanche vs. Lightning live updates, highlights from 2022 Stanley Cup Final

2nd period

9:20 p.m.: Tampa Bay comes out flying in the second and nearly get a goal in the first two minutes as Jan Rutta beats Kuemper with a shot from the point, but it rings the iron. 

End 1st period: Avalanche 3, Lightning 1

9:00 p.m.: At the end of the 1st period, it’s 3-1 Avalanche. Two weak goals by Vasilevskiy and a questionable penalty to put the Avs on a 5 on 3 lead to the defending champions behind early in Game 1. However, Colorado was the better team, using their speed on the forecheck to jump on the Lightning defenders. 

8:57 p.m.: The Cirelli penalty is killed but damage has been done. The Avs are all over the Lightning after the momentum shifted slightly following the Paul goal. 

8:55 p.m.: GOAL! Colorado extends the lead back to two with a goal by Artturi Lehkonen. After some good blocks by the PK unit of Tampa Bay, Rantanen finds Lehkonen’s stick to deflect a shot by Vasilevskiy. The Avs are still on the power play with Cirelli in the box. 

8:52 p.m.: And another tripping call to Tampa. Cirelli gets his stick under Makar and he trips him off. The Tampa bench is livid as they believed the play was offside. It’s 5 on 3 for 1:33 for the Avs. 

8:51 p.m.: A strong play by Nathan MacKinnon draws a tripping call on Mikhail Sergachev. He drives into the zone and tries to split Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli, but is tripped up. First power play for Colorado. 

8:44 p.m.: GOAL! The Lightning are on the board thanks to Nick Paul. He beats Erik Johnson to a loose puck, Darcy Kuemper over-commits and he’s able to slip it by the Avs goalie’s pad. It looked like Paul mishandled the puck on the deke, but it worked. The lead is cut to 2-1 with under eight minutes to go in the first. 

8:34 p.m.: GOAL! The Avs beat Vasilevskiy again. Tampa Bay fails to get the puck out and a shot by Nichushkin gets through Vasilevskiy’s five-hole. Not even halfway through the first and the Avs lead 2-0 thanks to a shaky start from the Lightning goalie. 

8:32 p.m.: GOAL! Colorado strikes first. Coming off the rush, a shot by Mikko Rantanen squeezes through Vasilevskiy and it looks like Gabriel Landeskog knocks it the back of the net while driving to the crease. It’s a 1-0 lead for the Avs with 21:22 left in the first. 

8:31 p.m.: Manson is out of the box. Tampa Bay had possession on the man advantage, but were forced to the outside. Some good blocks made by the PK unit of Colorado. 

8:28 p.m.: First power play of the game is going to the Lightning. Josh Manson gets called for holding Nick Paul’s stick in the neutral zone. Brayden Point out there with the top power play unit for Tampa Bay. 

8:26 p.m.: Some strong chances early for Colorado. Valeri Nichushkin rings the far post on a seemingly harmless shot, then Darren Helm gets a shot high on Vasilevskiy, but he’s able to get a piece and deflect it out of play. 

8:18 p.m.: We are off, the 2022 Stanley Cup Final is underway. 

Pregame

8:06 p.m.: Brandon Hagel is in. Cal Foote will be the scratch. Tampa Bay rolling with 12 forwards and six defensemen. 

7:44 p.m.: The Avs will be without Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano for Game 1. Nico Sturm will fill in on the fourth line for Cogliano. On the Tampa side, Brandon Hagel is participating in warmups, a good sign for the Lightning, but not a definite he plays. 

6:35 p.m.: Big news for the Lightning as Brayden Point is confirmed to be in. The forward hasn’t played since Game 7 of the first round when he left the contest with a right leg injury. However, the team is still waiting on the status of Brandon Hagel, who has been dealing with an illness. 

6:30 p.m.: The Avalanche will have their starting goaltender back. Darcy Kuemper is expected to be back in the crease for Colorado. He was injured during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final and did not play in Games 2, 3 or 4 against the Oilers. 

How to watch the 2022 Stanley Cup Final

  • Date: Wednesday, June 15
  • TV channels: ABC (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)
  • Live streaming: fuboTV | ESPN+ (U.S.) | SN Now (Canada)

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Avalanche and the Lightning will be broadcast on ABC in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

The game can be live streamed on ESPN+ or fuboTV in the United States, and SN Now in Canada.

Avalanche vs. Lightning start time Game 1

  • Date: Wednesday, June 15
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET 

Tampa Bay and Colorado go head-to-head in Game 1 on Wednesday, June 15. Puck drop will be shortly after 8 p.m. ET at Ball Arena in Denver, Col. 

Stanley Cup Final schedule 2022

Date Game Matchup Time (ET) National TV
Wed., June 15 Game 1 Lightning at Avalanche 8 p.m. ABC
Sat., June 18 Game 2 Lightning at Avalanche 8 p.m. ABC
Mon., June 20 Game 3 Avalanche at Lightning 8 p.m. ABC
Wed., June 22 Game 4 Avalanche at Lightning 8 p.m. ABC
Fri., June 24 Game 5* Lightning at Avalanche 8 p.m. ABC
Sun., June 26 Game 6* Avalanche at Lightning 8 p.m. ABC
Tue., June 28 Game 7* Lightning at Avalanche 8 p.m. ABC

*If necessary

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