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Avalanche dethrone Lightning to win Stanley Cup for 3rd time

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Posted at 6:33 AM, Jun 27, 2022

The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup after dethroning the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Avalanche beat the Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final behind a goal and an assist from Nathan MacKinnon.

Tampa Bay fell two victories short of becoming the NHL's first three-peat champion since the early 1980s.

Colorado's core led by MacKinnon, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar got the job done after years of playoff disappointments. It's the franchise's third championship and first since 2001.

Makar was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

But the Avalanche will have to wait to continue their celebration with the cup because it's heading to a repair shop to be fixed after it was dropped by Nicolas Aubé-Kubel.

According to TMZ, Abué-Kubel was heading to the team photo when he dropped it.

The official Twitter account of the National Hockey League tweeted a short clip of the moment Sunday.

This isn't the first time Lord Stanley's cup has been damaged.

Last year, Tampa's Pat Maroon dented the trophy as he celebrated the Lightning's second consecutive championship, Yahoo! Sports reported.