Colorado's Patrick Roy and Florida's John Vanbiesbrouck put on a spectacular display of play-off goaltending in a pressure-packed game before Krupp finally put the puck behind the Panthers' goalie to give the Avalanche - formerly the Quebec Nordiques - the first Stanley Cup title in the franchise's history.
Krupp had missed all but six games during the regular season after tearing knee ligaments in the season's opener.
"I leaned into it and got real good juice on it and it just sort of found its way through," the exhausted player said of his winning shot. He will be the first German to have his name on the cup.
Krupp scored on the 119th goal attack of the match, setting off the celebration after the third longest game in Stanley Cup finals history.Reuse content