Avalanche’s speed is putting Lightning off the series

DENVER – Stephen Stamkos knows what you mean.

You watched, probably with your mouth open, the two-time champions run 7-0 from the barn on the last Saturday night of the hockey season.

You have witnessed the ruthless Colorado Avelanch a detachment that not only seems ready to accept the torch, but to snatch it from Tampa Bay LightningGray grip, probably with limb attached.

Game 2 was dismantling. Declaration. Burning, singing stunning element of the most distorted order.

“You all saw what happened tonight. This is completely unacceptable, “Stamkos said,” especially at this time of year.

“Listen, people are going to watch this game tonight and they’re probably going to think the show is over. But our group, we are a very stable group.

“Whether it’s 1-0, 7-0 or 10-0, it’s a loss in the playoffs – and you have to move on. We have to stand up, as a team and as a person. Our team will handle this. Let’s go home to our fans and see what we’re made of. “

Well, as they set a franchise record with seven consecutive playoff wins and improved to a stupid 14-2 this postseason, we get a good idea of ​​what Avalanche is made of. They are angry bulls carrying rocket skates and with magic wands.

“Our speed is something that is unmatched by any other team in this league at the moment,” said Avs defender Devon Toys. “The speed of our team is just amazing. We play the game fast. We play hard. We are somehow relentless in our offensive attack.

“They had to go through some big animals. Toronto, Florida and New York are big animals in this league right now. I just think we’re a little different animals.”

For now, this unique beast – the one who has learned how to never release the accelerator – swallows Tampa with greedy blows.

Colorado special teams are better. Its breakthroughs are cleaner. Its inspection is more rigorous, and its back pressure is more effective. Hell, even his goalkeeper has a better series, if only because the puck so rarely goes down to the end of Darcy Kumper.

The Avalanche limited Lightning to just 40 shots over a period of six or more. With equal strength, Colorado generated 70 percent of the expected goals and outscored its opponent 11-3 in real terms.

To discover any aspect of this series through two games in which Tampa takes precedence is to deceive yourself.

This is not about matches, discipline or goalkeeping; It is a country that fulfills its identity with T, and another is engulfed in waves of pressure and purpose.

“They are playing at an elite level at the moment. Give them credit. We are not, ”said Lightning coach John Cooper.

“Is it disgusting to lose a match like that?” Definitely. We are not used to it. It doesn’t really happen to us. But will it happen at times? Yes, that’s it. You just hope that doesn’t happen in the Stanley Cup final. “

Styles dictate battles.

And as adaptable and understandable as Cooper’s group is, one can’t help but wonder if the Colorado hockey brand is just too fast for the most used hockey legs in the last three years.

In Game 2 you will be drunk on karaoke if you make one shot for each collision of a strange man attacking the path of Andrei Vassilevski. The man stopped two clear splits and was still fired upon.

Cale Although scored the best moments in the game of strength and short play.

Defender Josh Manson fired a 4-on-1 attack, thanks to a risky pinch by Ryan McDonough, one of about 18 skaters who had a hard night.

The lightning was so awkward that Stamkos tried to mix things up with Toews, Ondrej Palat did a bad cross-check in Makar’s O-zone, and Corey Perry did three small penalties in Kuemper’s fold. (“Perry sucks!” There were chants at Ball Arena.)

They were looking for a spark that never came. Tricycle pedals in strong winds.

“This is certainly the fastest team we’ve played with,” Stamkos said. “So we have to find a way to slow them down, no doubt. But it’s also part of our job – putting washers in areas where you can neutralize their speed and not turn the puck, not give them away for free, which I thought we did tonight. “

Ask yourself: Can Lightning win four out of five against this freight train?

Without a doubt, Tampa has something to offer. But Colorado can taste it now, and if Game 2 is an indication, Avs won’t be slow.

“Am I shocked that we lost the 7-zip? I mean, I don’t think we’ve seen this come. But as we say this, we need to improve and we need to do better, “Stamkos said.

Cooper added: “We were able to go around the cars and answer. Disappointed with the way the game went tonight, no doubt. But I’m not questioning our team. They are footballers there. So, turn the page. Go to game 3. ”

The speed of the fox 5

• Left to endure all seven goals, Vassilevski has still been drawn only once in 94 playoff starts – and not since 2018. (This is only the second time in Vassilevski’s career that he has given up seven.)

Did Cooper consider mercy?

“I’m listening. These are the playoffs. And we’re here to win hockey games. Vassi gives us the best chance of winning hockey. He’s our man. He’ll be there in a few nights. No,” Cooper said.

“He is the best goalkeeper in the world. And together we win, together we lose. Even if I did, I don’t think it would come out. That’s what a competitor he is. That’s why he’s the best. “

• Jared Bednar is already on two wins from the Triple Crown coaching: he has won titles at all three professional levels in North America. He has already led the ECHL (2009 South Carolina Sting Race) team to the Kelly Cup and the AHL Club (2016 Lake Erie Monsters) to the Calder Cup.

“I was not aware of that. It’s pretty cool that he has that opportunity, “said defender Jack Johnson. “It just speaks to his knowledge and success as a coach and to being able to get the most out of his players.”

• This knee-high knee from Ross Colton to Cale Makar did not result in a penalty. Although there was some pain after that:

“I do not have much to do with it. This is hockey. Happens. I saw him late, just trying to avoid him, “said Makar. “It is partly my fault. I haven’t even watched it yet. “

• The NHL has set a revenue record this season, but no longer displays the Stanley Cup final logo on ice. Instead, only ads from eight different companies.

• Former Denver midfielder Broncos Von Miller was in the house to witness the touchdown (plus conversion).

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