See you soon, Stanley. After Avalanche’s 7-0 rout of Tampa Bay, Cup is within reach.


Better hurry down to your favorite Denver neighborhood hardware store. There’s going to be a run on brooms. This Stanley Cup Final won’t last long, because these Avs are faster than Lightning.

After a Cup-chasing, roof-raising, earth-quaking, booty-shaking 7-0 annihilation of Tampa Bay in Game 2 of this best-of-seven championship series, the mystery is gone. The Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years is within reach. Only two serious questions remain:

No. 1: Is there any better Father’s Day gift than scoring a goal in the Stanley Cup Final?

“As a gift?” said Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson, startled by my question. “I probably should get him something else. He wants a Blackstone grill.” Manson scored on a shot smoother than 12-year-old bourbon, in celebration of Dave, who is not only his Pops, but a former NHL player and current coach.

No. 2: With a 2-0 series lead, there would be only one downside of a sweep. You have to wonder: Has the Avalanche congregation stood together and sang the coolest hymnal in hockey for the last time this season?

With eight minutes and 50 seconds into the third period, roughly 17,849 hardy souls in Ball Arena belted out a rousing cappella version of  “All The Small Things.”

Or as Tom DeLonge, guitarist and co-founder of Blink-182, recently noted on Twitter: “We also have a song of all curse words that would sound great if done that way.”

Lightning? Colorado has left goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy thunderstruck.

I firmly believed after the Avs scored three times on him during the opening period of Game 1 that it was a feat Colorado couldn’t repeat in this series.

Welp. Messed that up.

Val Nichushkin, Manson and Andre Burakovsky shook, rattled and rolled Vasilevskiy with bang, bang, bang goals within the opening 14 minutes of Game 2.


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