Stanley Cup Ultimate Sport 4: Nazem Kadri’s OT objective lifts Avalanche over Lightning 3-2

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TAMPA, Fla. — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of extra time and the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night time in Sport 4 of the Stanley Cup Ultimate to maneuver inside a victory of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning.

Enjoying for the primary time since June 4 on account of a thumb harm, Kadri skated in on Andrei Vasilevskiy and slipped a shot underneath the goaltender’s proper arm to provide Colorado a 3-1 collection lead.

“That was an enormous win. A resilient win,” stated Kadri, who had been sidelined since being injured throughout Sport 3 of the Western Convention last towards Edmonton.

“I’ve been ready for this my entire life,” the Colorado heart added. “I figured it was time to hitch the celebration.”

The Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3 within the further interval. Vasilevskiy stopped Logan O’Connor on a breakaway, and Colorado had a shot clang off the publish and one other hit the crossbar earlier than Kadri ended it.

Sport 5 is Friday night time in Denver, the place Colorado received the primary two video games of the collection and are 7-2 this postseason.

Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds into the sport and Victor Hedman additionally scored in regulation for the Lightning. They took a 2-1 lead into the third interval.

Nathan MacKinnon scored on a second-period energy play for Colorado, and Andrew Cogliano tied it early within the third.

Darcy Kuemper, pulled from Sport 3 after giving up 5 objectives in a 6-2 loss, stopped 37 pictures and had an help of the profitable objective for the Avalanche.

Vasilevskiy completed with 35 saves. He has rebounded from permitting 11 objectives in Video games 1 and a pair of to restrict the high-scoring Avalanche to 5 the previous two video games.

The Lightning are attempting to turn out to be the primary staff to win at the very least three straight Stanley Cup titles for the reason that New York Islanders received 4 in a row from 1980-83. The Avalanche final hoisted the Cup in 2001.

The Lightning have rebounded from enjoying poorly in Video games 1 and a pair of to make it fascinating by neutralizing Colorado’s pace, limiting the Avalanche’s scoring alternatives and turning up the stress on Kuemper, who was barely examined when he confronted simply 16 pictures in a 7-0 blowout in Sport 2.

Cirelli’s objective was the quickest in a Stanley Cup Ultimate since 2006, and the Lightning set the tone for one more busy night time for Kuemper by outshooting the Avalanche 17-4 within the opening interval. Two of Colorado’s pictures got here whereas skating short-handed, killing off Tampa Bay’s first energy play of the night time.

MacKinnon’s first objective of the collection — twelfth of the playoffs — erased Colorado’s early deficit at 5:17 of the second interval. The Avalanche pulled even once more when Cogliano, assisted by Nico Sturm and Darren Helm, scored on a deflection lower than three minutes into the third.

INJURIES

Kadri returned to the lineup after lacking 4 video games. He had been out since injuring his thumb when he was boarded by Evander Kane in Sport 3 of Colorado’s sweep of Edmonton within the Western Convention last.

Kane acquired a serious penalty and was suspended a recreation

As anticipated, Lightning proper wing Nikita Kucherov performed, whereas heart Brayden Level was out of the lineup once more for the defending champs.

Kucherov departed Sport 3 after getting cross-checked by Colorado’s Devon Toews.

Level performed within the first two video games of the Ultimate after lacking 10 straight on account of a proper leg harm.

Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky (hand) missed his second straight recreation. He was injured blocking a shot in Sport 2.

HELPING HANDS

Mikko Rantanen and Cale Maker assisted on MacKinnon’s objective, giving each of them 20 this postseason — a franchise document for a single playoff yr. Peter Stastny had 19 with Quebec in 1985.





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