Avalanche in Colorado With a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday

Colorado has a chance to clinch its first Stanley Cup since 2001, and the Avalanche are handling their emotions properly.

Coach Jared Bednar advises his players to embrace their natural nerves rather than avoid them in order to

perform at their peak when the puck drops. "Controlled emotion is a concept you hear a lot. With our team, I'm

somewhat the opposite "On Friday, Bednar stated. "I want us to use our nervous energy and emotion to go play

the game with passion, play hard, keep on our toes, and get after it rather than running around and deviating

from our game plan. That has always been my message to our team. I intend to use that. I want our group to

start attacking." With two impressive home performances, the Avalanche established a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay

in the Cup finals. Colorado suffered its biggest playoff loss to date, a 6-2 thrashing at the hands of the Lightning

in Game 3, but it bounced back with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4. This created the chance to possibly raise