Colorado defeated Tampa Bay in six games of the finals, stopping the two-time defending champions from a historic three-peat.

Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon goes from frustration to Stanley Cup champion, capping surreal journey in 2022

Nathan MacKinnon's playoffs last season ended in frustrating fashion.

Nathan MacKinnon tumbled to the ice as the time on the clock expired and he embraced his significant time-frame colleague and companion, Erik Johnson.

Tears gushed down MacKinnon's face, realizing he had at long last achieved his definitive Goal winning the Stanley Cup.

The Avalanche, which beat the Lightning 2-1 Sunday night at Amalie Arena, could never have done it without their long-term Leader.

He was apparently the best player on the ice Sunday night at Amalie Arena.

The nine-year veteran was stellar, scoring one goal and assisting on another in the Avalanche's Game 6 win.

Now, he's a Stanley Cup champion.