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Vyacheslav Fetisov named his favorite for the Stanley Cup final between Tampa Bay and Colorado

The three-time Stanley Cup winner said that for Tampa Bay, winning a third consecutive NHL playoffs would be an unrealistic achievement.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are the favorites for the Stanley Cup final with the Colorado Avalanche, two-time Olympic champion and three-time Stanley Cup winner Vyacheslav Fetisov told RBC Sport.

Colorado is a strong team with no weaknesses. Our guys in Tampa already have experience, two cups in a row. They are determined to repeat this success. An unrealistic achievement to win the Stanley Cup three times in a row, this should be their main motivation. It’s hard to say how long waiting for an opponent will affect Colorado. I had an experience where we waited for an opponent who was exhausted after a long streak. As a result, they took us out in four games on emotions. In the final, we support Tampa, they are my favorites, ”said Fetisov.

Fetisov called the conditions for the Tampa Bay comeback in the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup

The reigning Stanley Cup winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning, defeated the New York Rangers in the semi-final series to advance to the playoff finals for the third time in a row.

Tampa, with three Russians in its roster (Nikita Kucherov, Mikhail Sergachev and Andrey Vasilevsky), won the series 4-2 and will face the Colorado Avalanche, for which Russian forward Valery Nichushkin plays, in the final.

Tampa, founded in 1992, won the Stanley Cup in 2020 and 2021. The upcoming final will be the club’s third in a row and fifth in franchise history, the most by any team that has joined the league since the early 1990s.

The first match of the final series will take place on the night of June 16 (beginning at 3:00 Moscow time).

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