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Avalanche’s Burakovsky a ‘possibility’ to return for Game 6

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The status of several key players remains uncertain in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Colorado Coach Jared Bednar Says There’s a Chance to Be a Game 1 Overtime Hero Andre Burakovsky may return on Sunday night after a three-game absence from the best-of-seven series. Tampa Bay Briden Point featured in gameplay for the two-time reigning Lightning champion as well.

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The Avalanche lead the series 3-2, despite the fact that Burakovsky was not present, as the forward suffered a hand injury while blocking a shot in the second game.

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“Berky is still considered everyday,” coach Jared Bednar said in Denver on Saturday before the Avalanche boarded a flight to Florida.

“I think he suits us, he travels with us,” added Bednar, “so he could be in the squad.”

Burakovsky scored in overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 win in Game 1, then scored a goal and an assist before being eliminated in Game 2, which the Avalanche won 7-0. He stayed in Denver at the time. while the team traveled to Florida for Games 3 and 4 and then missed Game 5 at home.

Point, Tampa Bay’s leading scorer in the past two postseasons, was sidelined as he suffered a lower body injury during Game 7 of the Lightning’s first-round win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Point missed 10 games before returning to the lineup for Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Overall, he missed 13 of the Lightning’s last 15 games.


Colorado Nazem Kadri began his TV interview during the first intermission of Game 4 on Wednesday by saying, “Ice is trash” at Amalia Arena in Tampa. It didn’t seem to slow him down as he scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

After bouncing the puck a lot during Tampa Bay’s Game 5 win that extended the streak, the teams return to wet Florida to tackle potentially tougher conditions once again.

“I think the ice is different than in Colorado,” — Avalanche defenseman. Josh Manson said Saturday before driving from Denver to Tampa. “It’s very humid there, and I know it’s hard to deal with it. It feels like the game gets a little more volatile at times, so you need to keep a little more eye on the puck. But both teams play on it, so it’s the same for both of us.”

It’s not the Edmonton ice that the Lightning rode in the last two rounds of the bubble to win the Stanley Cup two years ago, but Ryan McDonagh and his teammates are intimately familiar with what it’s like in Tampa.

“We’re pretty comfortable on this ice,” McDonagh said. “I didn’t notice too much of a difference.”


The Lightning, who have only faced possible relegation once during back-to-back championships in 2020 and 2021, are up 3-0 in such games this postseason.

They are the second team in NHL history to win at least four games in a row before being threatened with relegation. The Chicago Blackhawks won four games in a row from 2013 to 2014.

Tampa Bay closed a 3–2 series gap to beat Toronto in the first round to go up 2–0 to defeat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Lightning have won 11 consecutive playoff series. In addition to knowing what kind of mindset is needed to prevent elimination, the reigning champion also has a good idea of ​​what Avalanche thinks they need to win the title.

“Experience matters. … I can’t guarantee that we will win tomorrow,” Cooper said. “But I think our attitude and the fact that we’ve been in these situations before makes our preparation better.”


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