For the first time in four years, the Washington Capitals have seen a member of their 2018 Stanley Cup-winning team win a second title, as Andre Burakovsky secured his second career ring on Sunday with the Colorado Avalanche.
After trailing 1-0 early, goals from Nate MacKinnon and Artturi Lehkonen, as well as a strong performance from Darcy Kuemper, secured a 2-1 victory for Colorado over the back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Burakovsky was in full uniform and rushed out onto the ice to celebrate his second Stanley Cup. However, he didn’t play in Game 6, or any of the final four games of the series, due to an upper-body injury he suffered in Game 2. The Swede took a puck to the hand and didn’t play, though he picked up three points — and the OT winner in Game 1 — in the Stanley Cup Final.
This marks the Avalanche’s first Stanley Cup since 2001. They are also the first team from the Western Conference to win the Cup since the St. Louis Blues in 2019.