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Colorado Avalanche push Tampa Bay Lightning to brink of elimination with overtime win

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On Wednesday night, the Colorado Avalanche put the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning on the brink of a 3-2 win that took them 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final to seven wins.

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The Avalanche closed two one-goal gaps thanks to the occasional rebounds, and then Nazem Kadri scored in overtime to leave them one win short of their first championship since 2001.

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Kadri made his first appearance since his thumb surgery during the conference finals.

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Colorado could end the series at Denver’s Ball Arena on Friday (8:00 pm ET, ABC).

Lightning, who won 6-2 in game 3, got off to a good start when Anthony Cirelli scored a 36-second goal against Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kemper. Kemper, who was pulled in Game 3, lost his mask before Cirelli scored on the rebound.

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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan McKinnon, 29, congratulates teammates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period.
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan McKinnon, 29, congratulates teammates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period.

Colorado’s Nathan McKinnon equalized on the powerplay, knocking down his skates and scoring his first goal of the series and 12th in the playoffs.

Defenseman Victor Hedman gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in the second period before Andrew Colliano equalized in the third period when Nico Sturm’s shot bounced off him.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Stanley Cup Finals: Avalanche wins overtime, pushes Lightning to the brink



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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