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Lightning defeat Avalanche in Game 5, remain alive in bid for another Stanley Cup

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Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat (center) celebrates his goal with Mikhail Sergachev (left) and Steven Stamkos on June 24, 2022.
Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat (center) celebrates a goal with 6:22 left in the third period, along with teammates Mikhail Sergachev (left) and Steven Stamkos. The Lightning won 3-2, forcing Game 6 on Sunday night. (Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

The Tampa Bay Lightning ruined Colorado’s party and continued their fight for a third straight Stanley Cup title with a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Friday night in Game 5.

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Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 left and Andrey Vasilevskiy saved 36 shots in front of a rowdy crowd looking to celebrate the Avalanche’s first league title in 21 years. The whole goblet sparkled in the building too.

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The series returns to Tampa, Florida for Game 6 on Sunday night. The Lightning trailed the best of the seven series 3-2.

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Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Jan Rutta also scored for Molniya. Valery Nichushkin and Cale Makar scored goals for Colorado. Makar’s score in the third period bounced off Eric Chernak’s skate and went through Vasilevskiy’s pads to tie the score at 2.

This set the stage for Palath, whose throw slipped through the pads of Darcy Kemper. A brief silence hung over the crowd.

Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kemper fails to prevent a goal on June 24, 2022.
Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kemper couldn’t stop the go-ahead in the third period. (Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

Tampa Bay regrouped after an emotional loss in Game 4 at home to an overtime goal by Colorado forward Nazem Kadri. The Lightning believed the Avalanche might have had too many players on the ice for a winner.

The penalty for too many players on the ice was issued on Friday in Colorado with 2:43 left. The Lightning went on with the powerplay and made it so Colorado couldn’t pull Kemper until about 30 seconds were left. They weathered Avalanche’s final squall.

The Lightning showed their champion character. They had already won back a 3-2 lead over Toronto in the first round and climbed out of the hole 2-0 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Completing this series of comebacks will put them in a completely different category. Only one team rallied to win Game 7 in the Finals after losing the series 3-1 to the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.

This is a tough Lightning squad that shows no signs of slowing down even against the fast Avalanche team and even after all the competition they have registered. Tampa Bay has played in 67 postseason games since the start of the first round in 2020. Basically, it’s a whole extra season.

Their determination impressed Lightning coach John Cooper. His team improved to 3-0 this season when faced with potential knockout games.

The Avalanche are trying to win their first title since 2001. Avalanche fans gathered in full force, both inside the building (a ticket to a higher level on the day of the game cost about $ 1,500), and outside at the next party.

Colorado knew it wouldn’t be easy. Makar said entering the game was “the most challenging we’ve ever had”.

“Avalanche” – two for two away to the Stanley Cup Finals. They also won in 1996, which was their first season in Denver since moving from Quebec.

Shortly after Nichushkin equalized at one in the second, Kucherov scored a goal from the post. The purpose of the powerplay was with Alex Killorn in the box for holding, along with JT Comper (holding the stick) and Makar (stumbling), creating a four-on-three situation.

Rutta knocked some of the energy out of the crowd with his first playoff goal. It was a snap from the side that slid through Kemper.

For the Lightning, this bodes well – teams that score the first goal, looking to be eliminated in the final – 55-25.

“If we had a choice, we would just write our name all over the circle. [of the Cup]Cooper barked before the game.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.


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