The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Sunday night, clinching their first championship since 2001. It was truly remarkable how the Avalanche did it, too. They became just the second team ever to win 10 postseason games coming from behind.
As tight as this series was played at times, Avalanche center Nazem Kadri left his mark. After winning the title, Kadri had a message for all of his haters.
Nazem Kadri: "Everyone that thought I was a liability in the playoffs can kiss my ass."
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 27, 2022
“Everyone that thought I was a liability in the playoffs can kiss my ass,” Kadri said. The Colorado forward had been criticized early in the playoffs for some defensive lapses. He has also always been a point of controversy for some of his play.
During Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, Kadri injured his thumb. It required surgery and many believed that he would not return during the playoffs. He missed the first three games of the Stanley Cup Finals but made his triumphant return in Game 4. What a return it was, too. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime, tilting the series in Colorado’s favor. However, that also did not come without a little bit of controversy.
After the game, it was reported that Tampa Bay was upset that the Avalanche were not whistled for a ‘too-many-men on the ice’ penalty during the Kadri’s goal. Video replay showed Colorado did indeed have six skaters, but to the victors go the spoils.
Kadri had the best season of his career this year with the Avalanche. He scored a career-high 87 points, 28 goals and 59 assists, during his 13th season in the NHL. Now, he is a Stanley Cup champion.