Woody Paige: Lightning had a horror story as Avs played scary good | avalanche

Crowds at the two bars in the venerable iconic resort of Estes Park were going “wild and crazy” on Saturday night.

The name should be changed to the Stanley Cup Hotel.

The Avalanche is The Shining. The lightning is dark and stormy.

Seven up, zero down. The Avs pitched a perfect game against the Lightning. It was the most dominant performance in National Hockey League franchise history and the second most lopsided win in Finals history.

After being torched for 11 goals in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Denver, Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy must have believed he was a character in Stephen King’s 1977 horror novel and from the 1980 movie.

Did Vasilevskiy stay in the legendary room 217 of the Stanley Hotel and was scared to death?

They’re dancing in the streets 66 miles northwest of downtown Denver and everywhere else in the state. The Avs took a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final over the Lightning, whose dynasty is in jeopardy. Tampa Bay has no idea about Colorado and can’t wait to get to Florida.

However, it’s worth remembering that the dominant, dominating and dynamic Avalanche are undefeated on the road in the playoffs.

How many g’s in Jugggggernaut? The Eastern Conference representatives, who lost in the opener in overtime 4-3 after allowing three first-half goals, must have felt they would come back with more firepower and energy. at the start of the second game.


The Avs again scored three goals in the first period and continued to accumulate. The Lightweights should have forfeited.

It got late early. It became beautiful for the Avs and Quasimodo for the Blight-ning.

Eleven of the Avs finished with a point or more.

Darcy Kuemper threw a shutout, but he was alone for much of the night. He was faced with just 16 penalty kicks and was really untested. The Lightning obviously forgot the purpose of hockey. They had just 23 shots in Game 1 of the series.

Vasilevskiy must feel like a pinata. The Avalanche fired 68 missiles at Trophy winner Conn Smythe a year ago and converted 11. The Avs showed no mercy. Neither was Jon Cooper, one of the league’s most successful coaches. He should have removed Andrei The Former Great after the second period when the score was already 5-0.

“The Avalanche play at a much higher level than us,” Cooper said succinctly afterwards.

The Avs were a mile high. Jon Cooper hopes a transfer to the sets will have influence. The Lightning trailed 2-0 in the Conference Finals against the Rangers after losing the first two games in New York, and rallied to win the series.

But the Rangers are not the Avalanche, who play at lightspeed.

It’s too early to cancel the series, but these Avalanches are reminiscent of the Avs teams that won the Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2002. Younger obviously, but the youth isn’t wasted in the playoffs on a roster. who has won 14 of 16 games and rarely shaken.

Consider that Andre Burakovsky scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 1, then responded with a goal and an assist (and an unscored breakaway) in Game 2. Consider Cal Makar hadn’t produced a run in five periods, but scored twice in the third period. Consider that Valeri Nichushkin fired two missiles for goals. And everyone else contributed.

It was Ice Capades.

Coach Jared Bednar said the Avalanche have strengthened their defense.

King spent a night at the Stanley Hotel – built by automaker Freeland Stanley in 1909 – one night there when he was living in Boulder. The Avs became the new Stanley Steamers.

“We had 200 people here tonight, and they went crazy and crazy watching the Avalanche,” said JC Cantley, general manager of the restaurant and bar at Stanley’s former carriage house. At the hotel’s Whiskey Bar, host Kylee Smith said a table of five asked for the TV to be switched to the Avalanche game.

When the Avalanche win the championship, the team and the trophy must spend a night at the Stanley Cup hotel.

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