Lightning-Avalanche Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Finals has Ball Arena rocking

We’re finally down to the two teams that will duke it out for the Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche will meet Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, ABC) for Game 1 of this best-of-seven championship matchup.

The Lightning need four more wins to complete the three-peat, which would be the first time a team has won three consecutive NHL championships since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980 to ’83. Tampa Bay showed resolve in the Eastern Conference finals, rebounding from an 0-2 hole against the New York Rangers to win the series in six games. The Avalanche have had the Lightning’s number this year, sweeping the season series 2-0.

Colorado has seen little resistance on its way to the Stanley Cup Final. The Avalanche swept the Nashville Predators in the first round, beat the St. Louis Blues in six in the semifinals and swept the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference finals. The team’s two postseason losses are the fewest by any team entering the Stanley Cup since 2012, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Since the Stanley Cup Final became a seven-game series in 1939, winners of Game 1 have an all-time record of 62-20. With the action starting in Denver, there’s a possibility for fans to see stars rink-side, experience new stadium cuisine and experience more scenes from Ball Arena.

Here are some of the best sights and sounds from Game 1.

Taking full advantage

Back-to-back penalties gave the Avalanche a 5-on-3 situation … and it ended in another goal.

Tampa Bay responds

There’s a reason the Lightning are going for a three-peat, as they wasted no time cutting the Avalanche’s lead in half with a goal from Nicholas Paul.

Stars sitting rinkside

The Avalanche had support from Denver Nuggets players Monte Morris and Davon Reed..

Opening goals

Seconds after the Avalanche weathered a Tampa Bay power play, Gabriel Landeskog scored the first points of the Stanley Cup final, with an assist by Bowen Byram and Mikko Rantanen

Not long after that, Valeri Nichushkin scored a second one, assisted by Nathan MacKinnon off a steal. Colorado is 6-1 when scoring first this postseason, and the Lightning never trailed by two goals at any point in last year’s Stanley Cup win.

Fans at the Avalanche watch party were loving it.

Bring the noise

Colorado fans have the Ball Arena rocking with their “let’s go Lanche” chant.

Suited and booted

Business casual is always a good outfit choice, and players from both teams arrived at Ball Arena rocking fresh suits.

Game-time threads

The Avalanche and Lightning unveiled their uniforms for Game 1, which have the Stanley Cup logo patch front and center.

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