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Before Game 3, many were surprised when Briden Point first a game decision was made at the beginning of the day after missing practice, and then a scratch that put Riley Nash as part of Tampa Bay as part of the fourth line.

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There were a few Avalanche players who also failed to complete Game 3. No wonder Nazem Kadri couldn’t go as he missed practice again, rode after Colorado finished practice and then Andre Burakovsky was scratched with an upper body injury as he missed morning practice and then was not on the ice to warm up before the game.

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With these injuries, the Lightning were looking to halve their series deficit to a best-of-seven in Game 3.

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TAMPA BAY 6 COLORADO 2 (Colorado leads 2-1 Stanley Cup Finals to seven wins)

Home ice has never looked better for the Lightning than it did on Monday night, when they beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 in Game 3 to cut the Aves’ best series lead to 2-1.

Andrey Vasilevsky was outstanding as he saved 37 of 39 shots, interrupting the Avalanche over and over again.

Avalanche opened the scoring at the five-minute mark, but the goal Valery Nichushkin was banned after a long delay, as it was determined that the puck barely left the attacking zone in front of Bowen Byram kicked the puck back.

Not long after, Colorado took the lead when Gabriel Landeskog was Mikko Rantanen He had a shot, and then he threw the puck over the goal line and gave the “Avs” a 1-0 lead.

But Lightning struck back first when Anthony Cirelli came up from the side, swung on his shot, but he still went through the legs Darcy Kemper and in a cage.

Tampa Bay took the lead in the first game 2-1. Steven Stamkos found Ondrej Palat and his shot eluded Kemper with 5:06 left in the first period.

The second period was almost all in Tampa Bay.

Nick Paul, who appeared injured in the first period as he limped off the ice as soon as he reached the bench and entered the dressing room. He returned at the start of the second period and on his first shift took a pass from Ross Colton and shot wide of Kemper to give Tampa Bay a 3–1 lead.

Landeskog reduced the lead to 1 with his second powerplay goal of the game, but Stamkos regained a two-goal lead with a great pass from Nikita Kucherov and beat Kemper, making the score 4-2.

Pat Maroon made it 5-2 when his shot rolled the blocker Kemper over his shoulder and into the net. The goal followed Kemper out of the Colorado cage as he scored five goals on 22 shots by the 11:15 mark of the second and was substituted Pavel Francouz.

The Lightning extended their lead to four goals when Corey Perry scored a powerplay at the 14:58 mark to make the game 6-2 after two periods.

After scoring eight goals in the first two periods, one would have assumed there would be many more in the third, but this was not the case as Colorado beat Tampa Bay 12-6, but neither Vasilevsky nor Francoise scored anything .

Cale Makar as well as Mikko Rantanen each assisted both of Landeskog’s goals, and both scored five shots into the net.

Kucherov and Victor Hedman had two assists each. Kucherov left the game at the end of the third period due to what appeared to be a lower body injury. There were no updates from the coach John Cooper after the game about the severity of Kucherov’s injury. Hedman was plus four that evening.

There were some rough things at the end of the competition, since Logan O’Connor as well as Ross Colton each received five points for the fight, with Colton receiving a penalty early in the third.

Maroon and Cogliano also had a bit of a fight, getting fined for misconduct. Cogliano also had three minors, giving him 16 penalty minutes, while Maroun had a minor in addition to his misdemeanor for 12 minutes in the bin.

Kucherov and Nathan McKinnon led their teams with six shots on goal.

The Avalanche was 2-4 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 1-6 as they are 1-12 in the series and Colorado are 5-11.

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NIGHT LEADERS

Goals

Gabriel Landeskog – 2

Anthony Cirelli – one

Ondrej Palat – one

Nick Paul – one

Stephen Stamkos – one

Pat Maroon – one

Corey Perry – one

Assists

Cale Makar – 2

Mikko Rantanen – 2

Nikita Kucherov – 2

Victor Hedman – 2

shots on goal

Nikita Kucherov – 6

Nathan McKinnon – 6

Cale Makar – 5

Mikko Rantanen – 5

J. T. Comper – 5

Stephen Stamkos – 5

Hits

Ondrej Palat – 6

Penalty minutes

Andrew Colliano – 16

Pat Maroon – 12

Ross Colton – 7

Logan O’Connor – 5




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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