Is 2022 Avalanche better than 2001 Stanley Cup champions?


Kiz: OK, that was fun. And spectacular. The Avalanche not only won the Stanley Cup, taking it from the two-time defending champs, but marched through the playoffs with a 16-4 record. Wowza! So let’s post a question sure to ignite a heated debate between old-school faithful and fans who recently hopped on the bandwagon: Who wins a seven-game series between the 2001 Avs and this year’s team?

Chambers: This team. That third period was incredible. In 2001, the Avs had to sweat it out in the third period to hang on and win the Cup with a 3-1 victory in Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils. This team’s third period was surgical. Colorado dominated the Lightning, limiting a desperate team to four shots. Clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Avs owned the place. They had Tampa Bay on its heels. Impressive way to finish up an unbelievable 16-4 run.


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