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Avalanche Take Overtime Thriller Over Lightning to Come Within One Win of the Stanley Cup

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TAMPA – On the verge of victory.

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The Colorado Avalanche held on to one win in their first Stanley Cup in 20 years on Wednesday night, taking overtime away from the Tampa Bay Lightning to take the series to 3-1 as they return home for the decider. Game 5.

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Interestingly, the Lightning got off to a rocky start in Game 3, attacking the Avalanche’s net just after the puck dropped and applying some serious sustained pressure before Anthony Cirelli played along in the heat of the scrimmage to open the scoring.

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That early goal set the stage for Tampa’s stunning first period, during which the Lightning managed to outplay the Aves by a whopping 17-4 lead and barely let Colorado’s high-flying forwards even enter the offensive zone.

However, Avalanche will make the game more interesting to start second by showing a much better post-jump performance to help deal with the shooting deficit and test Andrey Vasilevskiy in many different ways.

After a spirited pre-check resulted in a Victor Hedman interference penalty, the Avalance finally broke through, ending a stretch of amazing puck movement from a power play when they drove the puck into a slot that ricocheted off Nathan McKinnon’s leg to equalize and give star of Avs for his first series.

However, goalkeeping again served as the biggest factor as Hedman raced across the ice along the boards and continued to land an innocent-looking backhand from a spurt that somehow floated past Darcy Kemper’s outstretched pad to put the Lightning back in first place. .

But the Avalanche hit back in typical fashion, with the team’s insistent forecheck surrounding the Lightning in their own zone and setting the stage for Niko Sturm to sneak into the crease and shoot a puck into the net that Andrew Cogliano would have scored even into the net. score two goals each and that score will last until overtime.

Then the hero of the night appeared.

After missing the entire series through Game 4 with a hand injury that required surgery just two weeks ago, Nazem Kadri came into his own at the perfect moment, taking a pass from Arturi Lehkonen at full speed before blasting through two Tampa defensemen. and hit the ball. a well-placed right hand over Vasilevsky’s shoulder to win the game.

You couldn’t write better even if you tried.

And with a solid series lead, the Avalanche are now back in Denver to win the big hockey trophy in front of their fans.



Source: thehockeynews.com

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