Avalanche sweeps away Oilers, reaches Stanley Cup final

Avalanche sweeps away Oilers, reaches Stanley Cup final

The Colorado Avalanche reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since the 2001 championship on Monday, ripping apart the reputation of a highly talented team that disappointed in the playoffs.

They made a furious comeback in the third period and won in overtime with a goal by taking over trade deadline Artturi Lehkonen to sweep the Edmonton Oilers with a 6-5 win in Game 4. Lehkonen, then with Montreal, also reached the final of the season with an overtime goal.

The Avalanche will face the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning-New York Rangers series. Rangers lead the Eastern Conference’s best of seven finals 2-1 with Game 4 on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Tampa.

Colorado overcame the deficit 3-1 4-2 with goals from Devon Toyos, Gabriel Landskog, Nathan McKinnon and Miko Rantanen to continue to advance before Zac Cassian was forced into overtime. Cal Makar, who scored in the first half, had four assists, including Likonen’s goal.

2022-06-07 04:34:05

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