Publish Date: 06/26/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Fans who planned to watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tivoli Quad will have to change their plans. Check out the top sportsbooks for betting on the NHL.
Watch parties for Game 6 at the Auraria Higher Education Center were canceled Saturday evening. According to officials, this is due to many events happening downtown on Sunday, including Denver PrideFest and possible demonstrations protesting the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe vs. Wade.
“The safety and security of all who come to Auraria campus remain a top priory,” said officials in a press release.
“As the excitement intensifies with each game, we continue to make safety and operational enhancements following each watch party event and will continue to do so moving forward.”
Fans climbed over the fence as the venue was packed Friday night and made their way into the Quad despite increased security presence. As with previous games, thousands watched Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday. Denver7 reports that after the gathering reached its 10,000 capacity, some fans breached fences outside the Quad.
“We are mindful that a lot of activity is happening in our vibrant city on Sunday, including Denver’s popular annual Pride celebration, the ongoing SCOTUS protests at the Capitol, and a prediction of inclement weather,” officials said Saturday in an Auraria Campus announcement.
There will be no watch party at Tivoli Quad for Game 6, but one is expected to be held at Ball Arena on Sunday. In addition, there will also be free parking and food available.
The Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning will play Game 6 at 8 p.m. ET. This best-of-seven series is currently 3-2 in favor of the Avalanche.
Game 6 of the Stanley Cup series takes place at Amalie Arena on Sunday night, giving the Avalanche a second chance to win the championship. Here are five things to look forward to.
1. Road warriors and OT
In their previous three series outside of Denver, the Avalanche have clinched all eight of their games on the road this postseason. It is possible that they might bring the Stanley Cup to the ice after the game if they continue to play with that confidence and swagger at Amalie Arena. Having won 5 of 6 overtime games in a playoff year, Colorado has been nearly perfect in overtime.
2. MacKinnon and company
Jared Bednar finds Mikko Rantanen and Artturi Lehkonen to be a good combination on the wings. However, Rantanen had just one shot and Lehkonen had none in Game 5. Bednar might consider stacking MacKinnon’s line with the two wingers who know him best. MacKinnon hasn’t scored a goal in this series.
3. Disrupting the flow
Wave attacks and unrelenting pressure are Avalanche’s best tactics. Unfortunately, early penalties thwart that plan. As a result of Colorado’s first penalty in Game 5, the team was unable to create that offensive storm for the Stanley Trophy-hungry crowd.
4. Kuemper’s save percentage
In Game 5, Avalanche goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper struggled. For Kuemper to defeat Tampa Bay and his goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, he must reach a .920 or higher.
5. Taking the lead
This postseason, Tampa Bay is 2-5 when trailing after two periods when it allows the first goal. The Lightning hasn’t been great at making comebacks as a team, and the Avalanche are better when they have a lead. When scoring first, they are 8-2, and when leading into the third period, they are 9-1.
The Avalanche have won nine comeback games this postseason, tied for the second-most in NHL history.