Avalanche raise banner

After a summer filled with parades, parties and celebrations with the Cup, the Avalanche embark on the difficult task of becoming a back-to-back champion.

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October 13, 2022 - 1:18 PM

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) hands the Stanley Cup to Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen and his teammates logged a lot of extra ice time in the opener.

Well worth it, of course, to take part in the emotion-stirring, banner-raising ceremony before the game that lasted 20 or so minutes.

Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin each scored two power-play goals, Rantanen had four assists and the fast-skating Colorado Avalanche began their Stanley Cup title defense with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

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