Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Live Blog

DENVER — All right Avs fans, this is our first Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 in 21 years!

Colorado enters the series with two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning 12-2 in this year’s playoffs, with sweeps over Nashville in the first round and Edmonton in the Western Conference Finals.

AFTER: Photos: Avalanche beat Lightning in overtime in Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals

Denver7 is the home of the Stanley Cup Finals throughout the playoffs, and we’ll have pre-game and post-game coverage after every game in the series, which you can watch on Denver7 or the Denver7+ free streaming app, which is also embedded below.

Denver7 News at 8 p.m.

We have full coverage of the series, what fans need to know and much more about the Avalanche and their Stanley Cup winning teams on our Avalanche Stanley Cup page.

Below, we’ll post live updates from the game and from our reporters across Ball Arena and Denver as the Avs try to win the first of four they’ll need to win the Stanley Cup again. (All mountain times. Refresh the page for the latest updates.)

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9:34 p.m.
Here’s our full story on tonight’s Avalanche overtime win over Tampa Bay. We’ll have continuous coverage all night and throughout the Stanley Cup Final on Denver7 and the Denver7+ streaming app.

The Avs watch party went wild on the game winner.

9:09 p.m.
AVS WINS IN OVERTIME 4-3!
Andre Burakovsky scores on a pass from Compher and Nichushkin 1:23 into overtime to give the Avs a 1-0 series lead.

8:52 p.m.
And we get overtime hockey in Game 1! The Avs got a flurry of shots to end the period in penalty play, but blocked several. It was a great way to start the series! Colorado edged Tampa Bay 37-22 and leads in hits, 43-40, and takeouts, 16-4. But the Bolts won 61% of faceoffs.

We’ll have full post-game coverage on Denver7 and streaming on Denver7+.

8:49 p.m.
The Avs will end the power play rule after a late game penalty by Maroon. We have 1:24 left in the third.

8:44 p.m.
Just over 4 minutes left in the third and we’re still tied at 3-3. Quite Game 1!

8:36 p.m.

8:33 p.m.
It’s been quite the game so far. If you want to catch up on some of the greatest moments, check out our photo gallery.

8:30 p.m.
The Avalanche kills another lightning penalty. As of this writing, we have less than 11 minutes left to get into the rules.

8:28 p.m.
Compher took a good look at the side of the goal but couldn’t get it through. The Lightning take the power play after a high-sticking penalty from Logan O’Connor.

8:16 p.m.
Here we are!

7:57 p.m.
After two, Colorado and Tampa Bay are tied at 3-3. The Lightning scored on just 17 shots, compared to the Avs’ 26. The Avalanche lead 11-3.

7:54 p.m.
Andrei Vasilevskiy denies JT Compher and he and the Tampa Bay defense survive the pressure of the Avalanche’s offense. Two minutes left in the second half.

7:48 p.m.
5:37 left in the second period, all tied at 3.

7:43 p.m.
Ondrej Palat rounds Kuemper’s right side to tip a pass from Ryan McDonagh and Nikita Kucherov to cut the Avalanche’s lead to one goal, 3-2. Forty-eight seconds later, the Lightning equalized on a goal by Mikhail Sergachev.

7:42 p.m.
Colorado teams are always looking out for each other.

7:38 p.m.
Nichushkin has two shots saved by Vasilevskiy on a quick little break there. 9:22 to go in the second period.

7:34 p.m.
Colorado’s powerful penalty kill leaves the game 3-1 with 11:13 remaining in the second period. The Lightning had no shots on goal in the two minutes. Josh Manson was one of those councils.

7:29 p.m.
No goals on 4-on-4 but the Avs get called for too many men on the ice. The Bolts are heading to the power play again.

7:25 p.m.
We get 4-on-4 hockey here for the next two minutes after Jack Johnson and Pat Maroon punished each other for roughing after a scrimmage behind Colorado’s goal.

7:22 p.m.
We are back at the Ball Arena for the second period. The Lightning rings the post in the opening seconds while the Avs get a few shots on goal.

7:05 p.m.
The Avalanche led Tampa Bay 3-1 after the first period. The Avs outshot the Lightning 15-8 and lead the Bolts in blocked shots and takeouts.

In addition, this is a deal made for Coloradans:

6:55 p.m.
AVS SCORE! Colorado puts one in the net during the two-man advantage. Artturi Lehkonen gets the goal, assisted by Landeskog and Rantanen. The Avs fail to score in the remaining 49 seconds of one-man advantage. They lead 3-1.

6:53 p.m.
And Cale Makar shoots a second penalty on the Lightning. The Avalnache will have a two-man advantage for the next 1:33.

6:52 p.m.
MacKinnon shoots a tripping penalty as he tries to separate two defensemen at the blue line to send the Avs on their first power play of the series.

6:44 p.m.
The Lightning cut the Avs’ lead to 2-1 after Nick Paul caught one around Kuemper as he fell to his left.

6:35 p.m.
DO IT TWO! The Avs take a 2-0 lead as Cale Makar keeps the puck in the zone and Nathan MacKinnon passes to Valeri Nichushkin, who puts it in the back of the net for his sixth goal of the playoffs.

6:33 p.m.
OBJECTIVE! The Avs strike first, as Gabriel Landeskog puts home the rebound on a Mikko Rantanen shot. Bowen Byram gets the assist.

6:31 p.m.
The Avalanche killed the game’s first power play to tie the game at 0-0.

6:29 p.m.
The Lightning get the first power play of the series after Josh Manson was called out for holding the stick.

6:24 p.m.
The Avalanche got three first shots on goal from Mikko Rantanen, Darren Helm and Jack Johnson – all stopped by Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, one of the league’s best goaltenders. A minute later, the Avs shot at the post.

6:03 p.m.
Darcy Kuemper will start in goal for the Avalanche after leaving Game 1 of the Western Conference Final with an upper body injury. Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano are eliminated in tonight’s game as each work their way back from injury. Troy has the starting lines below, and Nick is inside Ball Arena, where it’s LOUD!

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