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The Bolts kept their Stanley Cup three-peat bid alive with a win in Game 5. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat remains alive after a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 on Friday.

The Avs, who hold a 3-2 series lead, were listed as the -400 favorite to win the Stanley Cup Final at DraftKings as of Saturday morning. Tampa Bay believers can back the Bolts at +320. Here’s a look at updated series odds across the sports betting industry:


And the Game 6 betting line from Caesars Sportsbook:

Avalanche-1.5 (+205)-115O6 (+105)
Lightning+1.5 (-250)-105U6 (-125)

Game 6 is set for Sunday at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay.

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Lightning Look to Do the Impossible

Tampa Bay still needs to win two games against Colorado, which hasn’t lost consecutive games in the 2022 NHL Playoffs. Ondrej Palat scored the game winner for the Bolts in the third period in Game 5.

Tampa Bay never trailed in the game. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy showed out again with 35 saves. The Big Cat is now the second betting choice at +700 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP.

The Bolts bounced back after having good reason to feel like they were shortchanged in Game 4. Video evidence showed Colorado had too many men on the ice when Nazem Kadri scored to win in overtime.

The Bolts still have a chance to win their third straight Stanley Cup. The New York Islanders were the last team to accomplish that feat between 1980 and 1983.

Avalanche Seek Third Stanley Cup In Team History

Defenseman Cale Makar scored another goal for the Avs in Game 5. Makar is a heavy favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at -300.

The Avs looked to be in position to close out the series against a banged up Tampa Bay team. They had the chance to clinch at home after Nazem Kadri made his first appearance in the NHL Final after returning from a thumb injury, and scored in overtime to give the Avs a hard fought win in Game 4.

Colorado can capture its third Stanley Cup championship in franchise history on Sunday. The Avs have made two previous appearances in the Stanley Cup Final and came away victorious on both occasions in 1996 and 2001.

 Also read: Live Stanley Cup Odds

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