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Stanley Cup Final Notebook: Sizing Up Game 6

It's another travel day, with the Tampa Bay Lightning holding off the Colorado Avalanche for an important Game 5 win to keep the season alive. Here's what the teams had to say on Saturday.

It's another travel day, with the Tampa Bay Lightning holding off the Colorado Avalanche for an important Game 5 win to keep the season alive. Here's what the teams had to say afterward:

- Nazem Kadri criticized the ice in Tampa Bay during Game 4. When asked about the ice, Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh said: "I haven't noticed too much of a difference. Obviously, we're pretty familiar with Amalie Arena. We're pretty comfortable on that ice and out here it's good ice as well. I haven't noticed a difference in either location."

- Patrick Maroon on going back home after a win with the team's season still on the line:  “I don’t think it’s confidence. It’s just work ethic. That’s it. We’ve just got to work hard. It’s a huge challenge in front of us. It’s an exciting challenge." He added: "Just because we have home ice doesn’t mean s**t.”

- Lightning coach Jon Cooper on being prepared: “I’m not guaranteeing we’re going to win tomorrow, but I think our mindset and being in these situations before makes our preparation better.”

- After saying Darcy Kuemper had an OK game on Friday, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar had this to say on Saturday: “I would say our confidence level in Darcy is high. Has been all year. Hasn’t really changed.”

- Bednar said Valeri Nichushkin and J.T. Compher got "checked out" after Game 5 and should be good to go for Sunday. 

- Bednar added that forward Andre Burakovsky will be on the trip to Tampa Bay and could be made available for Game 6 after getting injured earlier in the series.

- Tampa Bay has lost two games on the road during the Stanley Cup playoffs, including a Game 4 overtime loss earlier this week.

- The Avalanche have lost just once on the road, coming in Game 3.

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