The Washington Capitals saw the first member of their 2017-18 Stanley Cup-winning team hoist the Stanley Cup for a second time, as Andre Burakovsky raised Lord Stanley for the second time in his career — and for the second time in four years — with the Colorado Avalanche.
Colorado defeated the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, to clinch the series and secure the Avalanche’s first title since 2001.
Nazem Kadri passed the Cup to Burakovsky. He kissed the Cup and took a lap with it before passing it to Darcy Kuemper.
Here he is raising the coveted trophy:
Burakovsky hoisting the Cup: pic.twitter.com/O3NfpeemZs
— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) June 27, 2022
After the festivities, head coach Jared Bednar said postgame that Burakovsky broke his foot blocking a shot in the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers. Not only that but No. 95 shared with reporters that he broke his thumb in four places and had to have surgery after taking a puck to the hand in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Burakovsky didn’t play in the final four games of the series, but he still made quite an impact in the SCF. He picked up three points against Tampa, including the OT winner in Game 1.
The 27-year-old is coming off a career year that saw him dish 22 goals and 39 assists for 61 points in 80 regular-season games. Though he had a tough playoffs, he came in clutch when he had to. Burakovsky finished the postseason with eight points in 12 games.