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NHL - US Sports: Three-peat dream alive for Lightning

12 June 2022 05:39:36 EST
Cooper leads Lightning to Finals again

The Tampa Bay Lightning's dream to three-peat as Stanley Cup Champions remains alive after they booked their place in the Stanley Cup Final where they will face the Colorado Avalanche.

The Lightning, 4.25 to beat the Avalanche and lift the Cup for a third straight season, won the Prince of Wales Trophy as the Eastern Conference champions on Saturday after winning four straight games to eliminate the New York Rangers 4-2.

What: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche, Stanley Cup Finals Game 1

Where: Ball Arena, Denver

When: 01:00, Thursday 16th June, 2022

How to watch: Premier Sport or bet365's Sports Live Streaming

Tampa Bay have won 11 straight playoff series, trailing the New York Islanders (19, from 1980-84) and Montreal Canadiens (13, from 1976-80) for the longest such run in NHL history.

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If they were to hoist the Cup again this season they would become the first team since the New York Islanders to win three consecutive titles. The Islanders captured four straight championships from 1980 to 1983.

On their current run, the Lightning have beaten Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and the Rangers.

Coach Jon Cooper won his 82nd playoff game against the Rangers to tie Toe Blake for 12th in NHL history.

He said to the media: "To get there the first time was, I mean, it was a dream come true. To get there a second time, like the next year, it was like a dream. Like there's no way we're going back, and to go a third time. Think about that. And you got to look at the players. And I sit back, and I'm just impressed. I'm impressed by them. It's impressive what they've done."

Game 1 of the Final is on Wednesday in Colorado who hold home ice advantage.

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