Avalanche, Lightning set for anticipated Stanley Cup clash

  • Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog (92) is presented the Campbell Conference Bowl from Bill Daley, Deputy Commissioner, after defeating the Edmonton Oilers during overtime NHL hockey conference finals action in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, June 6, 2022. The Avalanche won the game 6-5, to take the series. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog (92) and Erik Johnson (6) stand with the Campbell Conference Bowl as Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley looks on June 6 in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 6. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press/via AP)

  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos holds the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the New York Rangers during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), head coach Jon Cooper, and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) pose with the Prince of Wales Trophy Saturday in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Steven Stamkos watched the Colorado Avalanche the past few years and figured he and the Tampa Bay Lightning would see them in the Stanley Cup Final before this.